By: Shannon Gardner, Guest Blogger
Do you ever have days so jam-packed with commitments that you hardly breathe amidst all the chaos of expectations and plans? You’re not alone. When we set our future-oriented mind on achieving goals we fall victim to “The Busy Trap,” a term I define as a “juggling act that often leaves me feeling exhausted by day’s end.” Some nights, as I’m knocking off a task from my to-do list, a daunting little voice inside my head asks, “what did you for yourself today?” And then, before beginning to dwell in this thought, I’m already snoozin.’ Come morning, I’m chugging down a coffee, rushing out the door, and grinding out yet another busy day!
If you’re anything like me, you get a rush from feeling productive and keeping busy. But this lifestyle can make setting aside some “me-time” a struggle in the midst of external obligations and, unfortunately, leave us feeling unfulfilled and worn out. Packing it in every day can cause us to forget to smell the roses and can make us lose sight of the beauty around us. I recently developed a list of activities that bring me peace of mind, and that I know will recharge my mind and body. When we consciously create space in our day for ourselves, we are happier, healthier, and ready to emit positive energy and shake the world!
A few ideas from my “list of happy”
Go to a yoga class or practice meditating.
Drink a cup of tea and call a friend.
Write in a journal.
Go for a run outside.
Go for a drive and listen to my favorite music.
Read my favorite magazine or a good book.
*Insert any enjoyable activity here*
Even if your “me-time” needs to be scheduled in, try adding a checkpoint (or two) just for you to your checklist. Whatever this outlet may be, make yourself a priority every day---because you deserve it!
Powerful words from Shannon and great tips too! Give something off her "happy list" a shot or create some great me-time tips of your own and share them with us here!
Shannon is a psychology student at The Ohio State University studying to be a school counselor. An optimist, dreamer and traveler from Upstate New York, she loves leading I Am That Girl Local: Ohio State Chapter and working with young kids. In her free time, Shannon enjoys running, photography and coffee dates!
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