The trick to balancing life and decreasing stress in your life lies in a 20-minute exercise each day:
Five minutes for calming your mind.
This exercise at the beginning of each day is crucial. Meditating or your version of it can mean the difference between attacking your day with ferocity and approaching it with an aura of calmness. Meditation centers your mind and calms your spirit. It also helps relieve any tension you feel about the day ahead. Meditation can help you focus on your inner power and remind you that you’re important to others.
Five minutes for planning.
Once you've calmed your mind, it’s time to plan your day. Planning means organizing your tasks so you can be productive without abusing yourself. Prioritize your tasks based on their importance. Delete and delegate what you can, then schedule what must be done.
Try your best to stick to the plan for the day. Having a clear plan for what you want to accomplish helps to keep you focused and stress-free.
Five minutes for checking in.
Whether all at once or in one-minute intervals, check up on yourself. Assess how well you've been able to stick to your plan. Have you accomplished your important tasks? Have you been able to manage your day without losing your cool?
There may be times when you’ll have to readjust your list of tasks. There are bound to be unforeseen circumstances. But what's important is that you take them in stride.
Take a moment to change your approach. Learn how to go with the flow.
Five minutes for winding down.
Now that you've come to the end of the day, it's time to wind down. You've probably never allowed yourself the opportunity to truly do that before.
Taking time to wind down is the best way to relieve the stress of the day. Engage in some relaxing activities. Do you like yoga or would you prefer to sit quietly and listen to jazz music? Let go of what happened today and get ready for tomorrow.
Winding down also opens you up to spending quality time with loved ones. You'll probably agree that at the end of a busy day, you may be too tired to interact with anyone. That will change when you allow yourself to wind down each day.
Once you try it for a week, you'll realize that this approach works. Designating these 20 minutes each day can help you maintain some balance and decrease your stress level. It can also help you manage all other aspects of your life with relative ease. And you'll enjoy a calmer existence that you didn’t think was possible!