Hitting the Snooze Button
This is at the top of my list for many reasons. Firstly, your body does not actually benefit from that additional five or more minutes of shut-eye, even if you repeat the snooze button several times in a row. So, if your body is not benefiting from the snooze button, why do it? Actually, it may even do more harm than good! The snooze button flips the “sleep switch” in your brain neurotransmitters. So, while you aren’t getting any beneficial sleep, you are actually telling your mind it is time to go to bed. Another thing that happens, is you lose time. It’s more like time wasted sending the wrong signals to your brain. During that time, you could practice some refreshing yoga, drinking a few cups of tea with lemon to start your metabolism, or even spending extra time in the shower. So let’s avoid the snooze button, and spend the time needed to wake up properly, according to our individual circadian rhythm.
Here I am talking about that moment when you try “multi-tasking”, but end up simply jumping from one project to the other all day long, without actually getting anything done. You are constantly busy, and your to do list is never actually done. In fact, you might get lucky and cross off the first few things, eventually, but it takes you all day. This is because you are not able to put all your focus on one thing at a time. As a full-time University student, full time Nanny of four, and housewife, I know about busy. I used to think I invented multi-tasking–that is, until I realize that trying to do this was only hindering my success. I can get way more done, if I only do it one or two at a time. For instance, pair multitasking things properly. If you are studying or writing something, it isn’t the best time to catch up with social media, a movie, or even scheduling. It may be a good time to practice meditating, and if it isn’t too complicated making dinner. Like, it’s easier to have a pot of soup on simmer while you are writing your essay than it is to do something that requires retaining information.
Exercise–Too Much or Too Little?
Exercise is a tricky thing. You have to know your own body above all. If you are starting a new thing in your life–whether it is a new job, a new workout, a new diet, or even returning to school; well, you may need some time to get into a rhythm with that new stage in life. It seems like common sense, but many will use this time to try to push it extra hard at the gym. That is only going to push you to a breakdown, or at least worn down. This will set you back on your routine for at least two or three weeks. It is better to focus on maintenance and settling into your new routine. Then, there will be times when you get into a rut. This could be at the gym, or it could be anywhere in your life. This is the time you could use an extra push at the gym. Try to impress yourself! This is the time to push yourself to see what you are capable of. It will actually spice things up in many areas of your life, like your sex life, your work life, and even home life. It will also help you sleep better, and awaken that “competitive edge” that will give you a greater push in your other areas of life.
Diet and Deficiency
This is a serious issue. In fact, a lot of people think about fitness as a priority, and diet as something that just sort of happens when you do everything else right. This is not true. In fact, all those things (going to the gym, getting sleep, keeping a routine) won’t work if you are deficient in something or living on junk food. Here is some food for thought: did you know that some things commonly considered “vitamins” are actually hormones? For instance, vitamin D is actually a hormone. At Vitamin D Hormone, we learn that Vitamin D is actually called the “sun hormone”. This brings home the realization that this “vitamin” is in fact essential. This is not an “extra” but rather one of the essentials that we can’t ignore without repercussions.
Forgetting Your Hobbies
Why is this important? Well, hobbies are something that we do to stay busy, that make us happy, and are designed to keep our mental capacities in balance. If you get too busy doing everything for everyone else around you, then try to fit in healthy home cooking and working out; well, sometimes you find yourself without any time or even energy to work on your little projects! Well, then what can happen, is one of two things. Firstly, you can have these unfinished projects brewing in the back of your mind endlessly, adding a constant below-grade stress just sitting there, building up with intensity over time. Or, another thing that can happen, is that your mind and body get slightly worn out from all the things it has to do and remember, places to go and meetings to attend to, that its senses go into overexertion and end up with burnout. Either way does not sound like something we would do intentionally.
Missing the Little Things
What does this mean? It’s a little like being in the fast lane, and going so fast that you don’t even see the trees from the forest. Everything in life flies by in a blur, and you don’t even notice the way your baby waddles or slurs his words after a bottle of milk. Or, maybe you don’t notice your own strength, which also means you aren’t aware when you are hungry, full, thirsty, and tired. You just keep going in autopilot–which will wear you down as well. The thing is, this is a preventable thing that causes early aging! Think about it–how hard is it to really just relax and enjoy certain things. Meditate. Spend time enjoying your lunch rather than eating “on the go”. I get it, sometimes we have to live in the moment and sometimes we have to live on the go. But, if we consistently ignore the little things and only live for work, rather than working to live, well that can be our automatic response in life. That can be our baseline in life–autopilot.
Overloading Your To Do List
This kind of self-explanatory but necessary to discuss nonetheless. What happens when you put too much stuff on your to do list? Your mind listens and can send a “panic response” through the nervous system. This can trigger the adrenaline response, and if this is a chronic issue, you can make yourself go into adrenal fatigue. The reason this is so serious, is because when your body is fatigued, it is not at its strongest in the immune system for one thing. It is so much easier to contact illnesses and infections when you are tired than when you are well rested and live a balanced life. So, do yourself a favor and only write down the most important things that must be done that day. Everything else, write in a hidden list or else just leave it alone until the next day.
Drama Queen Anyone?
This is referring to people who seem to attract drama. I personally know people who seem to attract, even draw drama out of people. This is an exhausting role in society, because drama queens end up having such drama come back and bite them hard. For instance, there is this lady who loves to create drama. But sometimes unwanted drama will find its way back, and cause additional stress and even heartache. Do you know anybody like that?
Missing Family Time
Family time is essential to a balanced life. I am not talking about Facebook, Twitter, or even Skype. This is face to face time without the phones. Like, watching a football game together or going on a family hike. This is a great time to get to know your family, and also yourself! So many times people turn to technology to try to find themselves…but that is a facade. We are more than just posts and tweets. We are more than our photo album. We are more than just snap shots. We are unique beings that can change over time and according to the seasons too. For instance, I know that when it is cloudy (whether it’s raining or not) I get depressed. It’s a seasonal depression, and I have learned that my mind and body need this time to relax and drink tea. It’s like a cry for detox, meditation, and a reset.