It happens to the best of us: we become overly ambitious and run ourselves to the ground. We live in a 24/7, non-stop world, and there is SO much to keep up with. But to stop when everything (i.e.: the Internet, in all its BuzzFeed glory) is at our fingertips sounds crazy, right? Well, I don’t suggest you stop… but maybe we should slow down. But most importantly, I encourage a peace practice to counterbalance overworking.
Why You Should Slow Down
There are some great reasons to unplug and slow down:
- Too much of anything is not good for you.
Moderation is key and when you begin to tip over and overwork or over use/abuse of the Internet, it begins to disrupt your spirit. Spirit is not a commonly mainstream word so replace that with energy.
- You will experience fatigue.
- Your attitude and behaviors will become negative.
- Fun and family time will start to sound like a chore.
What Can You Do?
We’ve heard the benefits. You know why; so just HOW do you do it? Here are my 10 suggestions to get started:
Oprah encourages her staff to mediate. If Oprah endorses it, I think you should do it. Just saying. Plus, researchers have found mindfulness practices, like meditation, can help alleviate anxiety, depression and certain personality disorders. So, 10-15 minutes of your eyes closed, surrounded by silence and deep breathing…
- Light a candle and/or incense
You can do this periodically if you work from home, or light incense before leaving home to promote peace in your household and inner-self. Focusing on the flame or the smell can help your overall focus throughout the day and reinvigorate your mind.
- Take a walk outside
Take in everything you see and breath deeply.
- Carry positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself.
Statements like, I am at peace, are more effective than overall positive statements. Remind yourself of the state you want to be in, and repeat as necessary.
- Listen to positive messages.
- Listen to calming music.
- Use EFT a.k.a. tapping.
EFT, otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a type of Meridian Tapping that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology with startling results. You can learn more and get started at www.thetappingsolution.com
- Practice gratitude.
Colleague Sean Gardner recently shared how this has helped him both professionally and personally. It’s a very powerful and small thing.
- Literally, turn off and unplug every device and relax.
- Take a mini vacation
Treat where you already live like you are visiting—look up things to do and do it!
If life were all about work, we wouldn’t have weekends. If you work for yourself, give yourself a break to prevent the breakdown you might face. Even if you love what you do, you may slowly grow to hate it if you’re going constantly. Life isn’t meant to be a rat race, so we need to ensure we build in things and actions for self-care. Properly care for yourself, and peace, energy, and longevity will be your reward!
Do you have other self-care tips? Share them with us. Then, make sure you join any of SMW’s events on the topic — they’ll be plenty!
Saba Teklegiorgis is a Best Selling Author, Mentor, and Public Speaker. She was featured in Matt Morris’s, “The Art and Science of Success” Volume 4 & 7, and has a eBook “Are You Lost? – A D.I.V.A’s Guide To Peace, Passion & Purpose” available on Kindle. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. Learn more at www.sabatekle.com.
Featured image courtesy Harry Koopman