Life feels so fast and busy. How do you cope?
Does this sound familiar?
- “My life is just so busy, I don’t have time for anything!”
- “There’s not enough hours in the day to do everything.”
- “I know I put this onto myself. It’s me who creates the pressure to do everything, but…”
- “I’m exhausted.”
Sometimes we have control over our life’s workload, and sometimes we don’t. When we do not have the luxury of reducing our workload, there are some very simple techniques that can really make a big difference to shift the feeling of being overwhelmed. After all, it’s our perception that can change how the world looks to us.
Here are some tips that you can practice at any time, at work or at home:
1.Take a breath. This might sound silly, but your breath is always available to you, even on the busiest of days. Pause and take some slow, conscious breaths. This will help you ground yourself in the present moment and give you a mental break from your busy day. It feels so good to just stop and feel your body breathe. Tune in to how your body is moving and feeling the breaths. This only needs a few seconds or minute.
It’s easy to grab opportunities during your work day, such as while you’re waiting for people to arrive to a meeting, waiting for your computer to reboot, standing at the elevator, or washing your hands.
2. Adopt the attitude of “There is exactly enough time to do what’s important in my life.” When you change your perspective and take on a different attitude towards your life, your experience of life changes. Repeat the phrase quietly to yourself several times, then see how you feel.
3. Take a mindful approach using Tara Brach’s RAIN.
- Recognize what’s going on
- Allowing: Taking a Life-Giving Pause
- Investigating with Kindness
- Natural Loving Awareness
Through the conscious choice to practice self-awareness and taking mindful moments to pause, you can reduce feelings of being overwhelmed. Think of life as a series of moments, and take each moment one at a time.
Life is about the present moment, and ensuring we don’t let these moments pass by unnoticed because we are too busy trying to get somewhere else.
Wendy Quan is a certified organizational change manager who has created an innovative way to build personal and organizational change resiliency through meditation and mindfulness. Wendy has a top winning, published paper on this subject with the worldwide Association of Change Management Professionals, speaks at conferences, and has been interviewed a number of times on her success. Wendy is a leader in the change management community and founded the Vancouver Change Management Practitioner’s community of practice. Her career has also included management in human resources, organizational development, leadership coaching and information technology.
Through her change management experience and successful journey through cancer, Wendy delivers results in a practical, open manner that has broad appeal and evidence-based benefits to all levels and roles in organizations.