We’ve all done it. Sometimes work gets in the way of everything else in life. All that bangs around your head is how close to finished you are with that one assignment. When that assignment is completed, however, ten more seem to pile up on top of that. These ten more assignments could either be put off at another time, or you could forget about whatever it is that you were going to do and just finish off the rest of the assignments.
But what are you giving up to have more time to complete these tasks?
After meditating, obviously stress leaves, but something else happens. Without stress guiding you through life, time starts to open up more. Sometimes, as a stressed society we place more time on an assignment BECAUSE the mind isn’t clear enough to see it as it truly is. Without stress, time for this or any other assignment should be cut in half, maybe more.
Exercise speaks for itself. The feeling after is immediate. Regardless if weight needs to be lost or not, everyone should be exercising. Maybe you don’t like meditation. Exercise is its own form of meditation. It gets rid of many problems and helps sleep come much sounder and easier.
3. Friends and Family
While this may seem self-explanatory, friends are the foundations of life and society. It’s been said countless times: humans are social creatures. We crave social interactions. Without making time for friends and family, who says they’ll always be there when you’re in need? What if you can’t make time when they’re in need? Maybe you give time to your friends and family, but is it enough? Is it as much as you want? If the need to hang around them and be with them is strong, then maybe you aren’t giving them enough time.
Singing sounds silly, but it’s the easiest thing to squeeze in with a tight schedule. Singing can occur in the shower, the car, right before you sleep or right when you wake up. Singing helps alleviate stress. If there are other members of your family or friends that like to sing, this can be a bonding experience.
Sometimes work happens and not a single thing is utter throughout your entire day. Singing helps open your vocal cords and warms your throat.
Plus, singing reminds us that we’re alive. No matter how bad or good you sing, it takes courage and concentration to hold a note or blare out a song.
5. Play More Games
Gaming (war games included) are great outlets for stress and help strengthen the strategic side of the mind. According to a study done by researchers with Beth Israel and the National Institute on Media and the Family at Iowa State University, doctors who play at least 3 hours of video games a week make fewer mistakes than their non-gaming counter-parts.
Dr. James “Butch” Rosser had this to say to NBC: “I use the same hand-eye coordination to play video games as I use for surgery.”
6. Take up a Hobby
Hobbies can be both an outlet and a way to learn more about yourself. For instance, anything creative can show what may be laying under your psyche. Doodling has been shown to show hidden issues or desires. The same could be said for seriously drawing, writing, dancing, or building something. With so much stress playing on human society, hobbies can be a major stress reliever. And what saves someone from stress, can save them from an early death.
7. Take a Walk
Walking is great in that it helps the mood and shows a part of the world that is almost entirely forgotten in our car driven society. Mark Twain even spoke about walking in one of his quotes. Here is a piece of the quote:
“…The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active…”
More of the quote can be found here: http://www.twainquotes.com/Walking.html
It’s been said that the most important meal of the day is being skipped regularly. Food should be something enjoyed and savored. Food isn’t just for foodies or children. Food can be a social activity, a hobby or an eye-opener to the rest of the world. Without tasting the food from another culture, how can one truly appreciate the society?
How else can we get into another world or another person’s mind without reading it? Sure, there is television or music, but reading is special in its own way. Instead of seeing or hearing about an experience you’re living it.
Reading can easily be done while standing in line or waiting at the bus stop. Reading is both easy to do and it’s highly accessible.
Experiment with food, clothes, the way you look, what route you drive to work, how you eat, etc. Experiment, curiosity is the basis of our intellect. Without curiosity or experimentation how could us, as humans, truly have gotten to the point in which we are now?
Curiosity is the active interest in wanting to know about something. Humans did this with fire. You can do this with meaningful and meaningless tasks. All that needs to be done? Find a joy in whatever it is you’re doing. Figure out how to understand it and what more can be discovered about it.
It’s imperative to enjoy what life is given to us and do all those things that we never seem to think about or have time for. Feel as though these things seem impossible to obtain? Here are a few simple steps to enjoy the tasks just mentioned.
-Close your eyes and breathe
-Set aside time, even if you don’t think there is any.
-Make a list of what is important, in your heart, and what is not.