I’ve been putting in the hours all week, trying to free myself from responsibilities in preparation for the weekend. It seems like these days even my down-time gets filled up with odds and ends that keep me busy.
The truth is, however, that I create my own reality.
It’s on me to either keep up with being busy, until it burns me out, or start a new way of being. That’s what I intend to do, stop doing and start being. And I’m going to start right now (well, as soon as I finish typing this) and I invite you to join me.
Here’s 5 ways we all can stop being busy in the present moment:
1. Take a Deep Breath. This requires no explanation – just do it, and then repeat!
2. Get off your devices. Whether your stuck behind the desktop, on on app on your phone, or even sitting at a coffee shop on your laptop or tablet; set it down, or better yet, power it off, and be present to what’s actually happening. Life happens in the present moment, and too often we are missing it because we have our head hidden behind a color screen.
3. Stay home. It’s easy to think that we have to go get that errand done today. In some cases that may be true, but certainly not always. Take a moment to pause, and consider if what you need to do is nothing and not always something.
4. Talk with a friend. The best option here is to be fully with whomever is in your presence, spouse, life partner, son or daughter, or any friendly companion (yes cats and dogs included). Time can slow down for you when you are with the people in your life that truly mean something to you. Calling up your ‘bestie’ is an option. It may be the therapy you need to have a heart-to-heart, but if it feels like it’s ‘adding to’ rather than ‘subtracting from’ your sense of busyness then wait for another time.
5. Sit down and meditate. This doesn’t require a special space or place or anything other than you being with yourself. A simple technique is to quiet your mind with a few slow, deep breaths, then watch your breath whenever the thoughts start to distract you. You can set a timer for 5 minutes, or just sit for as long as it feels appropriate. Trust me, this may not be your go-to option, but is perhaps the most effective at reducing anxiety and stress.
There you go. Pick an option and start right now. There’s no time like the present moment.
Got another one you’d like to add to the list, or any feedback or questions; then please comment below.