Life today is increasingly fast-paced. People everywhere are always doing more, squeezing more into the work day while trying to juggle the demands of home, taking on more responsibilities, and sacrificing their personal health and well-being for the benefit of others. It’s no wonder you feel stressed out, fatigued, and just plain beat up by the hustle and bustle of daily life most of the time.
Instead of letting modern life get you down, why not make a few simple lifestyle changes to improve your outlook and combat stress? These easy adjustments can boost your energy levels and enhance positivity.
Curb the Clutter
A cluttered space contributes to a cluttered mind. Think of the number of times you’ve been stressed out because you could not find something, or the dread you feel just by taking a look around and taking in all of the ‘stuff’ that could use an organizational overhaul. Clutter makes it difficult to focus and process information, sapping your mental energy and leaving you feeling drained.
Set aside a day (or two) to give your home or office a major overhaul, donating or getting rid of everything you don’t need and putting everything in its place. You’ll be surprised by how much more focused and relaxed you feel when your space is clean and organized. Once you have organized, commit to keeping it that way.
Plan and Prioritize
Feeling overwhelmed might seem normal for nearly everyone you know. Being busy is too often associated with being successful, but true success does not demand feeling this way all the time. Proper planning and prioritization does wonders for productivity, enabling you to get more done and feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing tasks.
Try a few task-management or productivity apps to find one that suits your style, enabling you to document tasks, order them by priority, block out time for completing each task, and check them off when done – or, if you’re more of a paper-oriented planner, get a notebook or day planner. Avoid making endless to-do lists without any method for prioritizing tasks, or you’ll find yourself back in the stressful state of being overwhelmed.
Schedule Time for Self-Care
Most people tend to schedule time for things that are tied to dates and times, such as meetings or projects with deadlines, but they fail to schedule time for tasks that don’t necessarily have a deadline. This is often a recipe for disaster, because a massive list of tasks with no clear plan of attack usually leads to context switching or inadvertently losing sight of the most important tasks while spending too much time on the stuff that does not matter.
While you’re getting in the habit of scheduling time for working on specific tasks, don’t forget to schedule time to work on your well-being. Blocking out time in your schedule for exercising, having lunch with old friends, family game night, and date night gives you something to look forward to and helps you focus. For instance, you won’t be inclined to procrastinate on that project, because you don’t want to miss family game night.
These lifestyle changes are not that difficult to make, save for a massive overhaul of an overly-cluttered office or family room, but even this is a once-and-done deal provided you keep up with it later. While relatively simple to implement, these easy tweaks can make a tremendous difference in your outlook on life. They can help you eliminate unnecessary stress by reducing distractions and providing a greater balance that ensures you’re paying as much attention to your well-being as you are all the demands on your time.