Maybe it’s time for you to learn to say no.
One of the hardest words to say in the English language is “no”. However, if you start practicing saying it your life will have a lot more balance; especially if you say “yes” to fun and new things to try.
The perception of lack of time and the stress that it causes definitely has a detrimental effect on your health. Especially since we know that at least 7 hours of sleep are required nightly to give the body’s metabolic functions and sleep hormones the necessary amount of time to get in balance so that you are ready for the next day.
So, if you find that your current routine does not allow for this amount of daily sleep, change it immediately. The benefits to your personal health and appearance are immeasurable.
Scientific studies show that the brain needs a break. Ideally, taking a 5 to 10 minute break from your work routine every hour and 30 minutes every 2 to three hours keeps the mind sharp and focused. If possible, this is something that you should try to make happen. Getting up and breathing deeply and thinking about something that you really like to do or enjoy is good to do during the 5 or 10 minute breaks.
Prioritize your commitments and work tasks that you decide to do. Make sure that you set aside time blocks for the most important things to do first that have the greatest beneficial impact on your life.
For example, you know that your health is your most valuable resource so the first area of focus each day could be something beneficial to your well-being.
Pick the next most important thing you need to do, and work on this next. Match what needs to be done with the time you have available and just focus on that. Put everything else aside and don’t stress yourself out.
Here is a guide you can use to get on track during the week to pull apart your schedule and make some changes to it.
Monday: Go through your appointments, commitment and any thing else you need to do this week and work out which ones you don’t want to do, or don’t have to do. Cross them out.
Tuesday: How much time off do you have everyday – ME time (minimum 30 mins); exercise (30 mins to an hour); time to play (minimum 3 times per week); time with family and friends (as often as possible). Make sure all of these things are included in your schedule.
Wednesday: Your work – how much of that encroaches on your personal time? A good life has a work/family balance so where possible keep your work at your workplace and schedule at least three regular nights home per week.
Thursday: When was the last time you had a special date with someone you care about? Schedule that in – no time? Go back and do Monday again and make time.
Friday: Great, end of the week. Do you have fun plans for the weekend? If not; make some. Don’t know anybody? Go to a club, a class, a market or something like that and start meeting some new people. It won’t be hard if you don’t think about it. Just do it.
This is one type of approach that you can take, or you can come up with a system of your own. The most important thing is that if you find yourself without enough time, you rearrange the things that need to be changed and get to a balanced place. Your health benefits will be greater than you realize.