Modern life is busy. It seems that eveyone is running from here to there, taking on responsibilities, working more to remain competitive, giving their children a rich life full of sports and extra curricular activities.
But all this busy is wearing us out. We spend time in the car, on the road, working, cleaning, organizing - and then we get frustrated, burnt out and just plain cranky!
Making more time for relaxation can help people restore their energy, feel refreshed and even positively affect motivation and productivity!
Need to find more time in your life? Here are some tips that will help you carve out the hours you need to fuel your soul.
1) Learn to say NO. Even though it can be difficult, saying no to things you don't really want to do or have time for will definitely be helpful for making more time for the things you actually WANT to do.
You don't want to commit to doing anything that makes you feel obligated, taken advantage of, or frustrated. That just prolongs the discomfort and drags stress out for a longer time.
Some say that you should use the rule, If it isn't a heck yeah, then it's a heck no.
Try that and see if it helps!
2) Delegate. Some people take on the lion's share of chores and responsibilities in thier households, leaving themselves little time to recharge. Make sure that you share the household chores with everyone in the home. Assign age appropriate chores for the kids, ask your partner to pitch in. Doing so will help YOU find more time to relax.
3) Get organized. (This one is my personal sore spot). Lack of organization and clutter can create hours of extra work. You might need to spend 20 minutes looking for a bill you need to pay or for the kids' soccer jerseys. If you put your unpaid bills in a specific area, throw away junk mail, get rid of piles, and fold and put away laundry (dread!), you'll clear up time and avoid the frantic desperation that you feel when you can't find something you need. It might take a few extra minutes at the beginning, but it will save you more time in the long run.
4) Alternate duties with other parents. Can you take turns delivering kids to sports practices with another family? It might be worth looking into so that you can have an afternoon off of Mom's Taxi duty. Or maybe you can alternate play dates with a different mom to give each one of you some downtime. You know what they say: It takes a village to raise a child. Learn to ask for help from the other villagers near you. But remember Rule 1 with this and don't be the one who is always taking other people's kids from parents who don't return the favor.
5) Get delivery. In this day and age, we have the luxury of being able to order almost EVERYTHING online, from diapers to groceries. Many places offer free shipping if you sign up for their programs, like Amazon Prime, for example. If you need to save some shopping time, order online.
This is just a quick list from me, because it is time for me to get MY R&R on!
Of course, if you'd like to discuss ways to help yourself feel better, you can chat with one of our online Experts. Many of them have Life Coaching backgrounds and can help you find ways to feel better about how you spend your precious time.