We are so busy. We are constantly on the move. We feel like we don’t have time for anything. We are in the Starbucks drive-thru on the phone while running late to an appointment.
We get out of bed in the morning feeling stressed out about all the stuff we have to do that day. We go to bed feeling discouraged that we didn’t get everything done that we needed to. Does life every slow down? What’s the answer?
1. EXERCISE – This should be worked into your daily routine. If you are lifting weights, going for a short run, or playing a sport, we should make it happen. 1 hour of exercise is 4% of your day. You will experience a boost of dopamine and energy. Even people who regularly exercise are not always pumped to go to the gym everyday but after they do, they are glad they went.
2. READ – Try reading for 20 minutes per day. Turn your phone upside down, ringer to silent, and dig into a book. You will learn something new. Find a topic you are interested in and read about it. Buying books is one of the best investments you can make. You expand your mind and also give yourself a break in your daily tasks. As the quote goes, “Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, but great minds discuss ideas.” Boom.
3. WALK – Throw on a coat and go for a 20 minute walk. Two tips with this: As you walk focus on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Secondly, try take note of things you would not otherwise have noticed in your day – flowers, birds, clouds, and other people.
It’s that simple. Give 1 or all of these a try this week. You’ll feel better – guaranteed.