Posts tagged ‘stress’

Procrastination – meant to post this earlier…

Hopefully my witty title made you chuckle and reflect on what’s going on with procrastination in our lives.

The simple definition of procrastination is: the action of delaying or postponing something.  In our world, we are faced with hundreds of choices every day.  Is it no wonder we feel exhausted.  Taking Care of You is a daily effort consisting of choices.  Sleep, diet, exercise and hydration top the list but there are many components to wellness.

*Short video ad that actually provides some good insight. Note – I’m not endorsing the company, merely the information regarding “taking a break”.

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When we are in survival mode, optimal amounts of cortisol — commonly known as the stress hormone — can be life saving. But abnormally high or prolonged spikes in cortisol — like what happens when we are constantly stewing over a problem — can lead to serious health issues such as weight gain, digestive troubles and high blood pressure.  Sounding familiar?

Stress hormones are one mechanism that we believe leads to weathering of the brain. Like a rock on the shoreline, after years and years it will eventually break down and disappear.  Procrastination can in fact cost you your health.  (Huffington Post Article)

Learning the art of time management is a great life skill.  Procrastination may slip in on occasion; however, if you find it’s happening often, make some changes.  Otherwise this wake up indicator could negatively impact your health.  It’s important to realize, not making a choice is a decision too.

What are you procrastinating on?  Exercise? Health issues? Work issues?  Financial issues?  Relationship issues?

IF NOT NOW…when?

TCOY = Take Care of You

MIND  * HEART  *  BODY

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Creative Avoidance?

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I enjoyed Leo’s blog post today and have found myself guilt of this too.  The key is recognizing it and making the necessary adjustments.  Multi-tasking is something we need to do at times but beware of making it a way of life as it will drain you and actually be less productive.

A clutter-free environment definitely is less stressful.  One helpful tip that I have had since a child (my dad mentored this and it stuck with me), put things back when you are done with them.  From tools to files, if you make it a habit you will be able to find what you want quickly.  Life isn’t about perfection but being organized and simplifying are two ways to have less stress in your life.

When you feel like you are in a MAZE in life, step back, breathe and re-evaluate and focus. Thought this photo was a perfect fit so I added it.

TCOY!

Lucy

Constant Task Switching

Posted: 14 Feb 2014

By Leo Babauta

I know I’m losing focus when I’m constantly jumping around from task to task.

This is a “red flag” for me — a sign that I’m doing something wrong. You’ve done it too: switching from one browser tab to another, opening various emails and other messages, checking on this and that. No focus, lots of stress, lots of mental exhaustion without really getting anything done.

It means that I’ve lost myself in a chain of endless distraction, and am not truly conscious of what I’m doing.

When this red flag shows itself, I have a few simple solutions:

  1. Assess what’s important. What should I really be working on right now? I know it’s not the million little things. It’s something big that I’m probably avoiding. Often this means taking a step back to re-examine my priorities.
  2. Simplify. Constant switching often means I’m overloaded. I’ve taken on too much. I need to let go of the idea that I’m going to get everything done, and just focus on what I can really get done today. That might mean emailing or calling people to tell them I can’t do something today (or this week). I let go of tasks or projects, decide they’re not important and cross them off my list or put them on a “later” list that I’ll look at next week. Simplifying helps me to find focus again.
  3. Clear everything. If I have a task to focus on, I like to clear all tabs or close the browser and anything else that I don’t need to be doing right now. And just have the one task in front of me. This makes a huge difference. When you limit your options, you really get good at sticking to what’s there.
  4. Stay with the moment. Often we get lost in rushing around between tasks. When I clear everything away, I try to stay with this task, and do my best to be mindful of my urges to go check on something or switch away to something more comfortable but less important. I am mindful of my thoughts, of my body responses to what I’m doing. This focus, then, becomes a mindfulness exercise.

The practice of simplifying, clearing things away and staying with what I’m doing is incredibly useful, and something I haven’t mastered yet.

In my experience, it’s a process of letting go, and accepting.

Letting go of all the little urges to be up-to-date, to be in-the-know, to do everything, to say yes to everything.

And accepting this present moment as it is, and staying with it.

This letting go and accepting, by the way, is the secret to happiness and peace. It’s worth practicing.

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Do You Need A Technology Detox?

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We’ve increased technology yet become more sedentary, stressed and isolated. 24/7 techno junkies. Technology can be an addiction and anything to an extreme results in imbalance, thus will produce issues.

Brad Keywell blog post

Wellness is about balance: head, heart and body.  Often a person is depleted in one or two areas and the consequences are revealed.  For example, if a persons priority is to lose weight, beware. Granted there has been a short term goal and commitment; however, if it is not attached with an emotional long term goal (lifestyle vs. losing weight), the roller coaster will most likely continue.  Instead, decide to get healthy and in the process you will need to lose weight.

There are many apps and technology tools to help; however, the motivation needs to be internal.  Dig a little deeper and get to know your “why”.  Attach emotions to it too.  Then, when those challenging days come, and they will, remind yourself of your WHY.

Technology may wake you in the morning and be a part of your everyday life; but utilize it well. Remember to embrace face-to-face relationships, enjoy nature and relaxing without your phone or computer .  Detox from technology for a few hours each day and even for a day.

I remember taking a week’s vacation to the Bahamas’ with my teenage daughter a few years ago.   We choice to detox with no cell phones or e-mail.  The first day we were adjusting to the disconnect but after that, the vacation time was truly that…a vacation.

Are you plugged in 24/7?  Take my TCOY Challenge and detox from technology.  Spring is here…get outside and enjoy all Mother Nature has to offer.

BREATHE:  Inhale WELLNESS.  Exhale sickness. 

Your HEALTH is calling…don’t wait for the 911 call to answer.   Coach Lucy

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