Busy is a choice

Something I think about quite a bit is how to be less stressed. I’m constantly working on multiple projects and I’m often thinking about work when I’m not working.  I’m sure most people think about work when not at work, but should that mean it’s a good thing? It just means that we all have pretty bad habits of overworking, over analyzing and being stressed out.  Don’t get me wrong it’s great to be hardworking and have a strong working ethic and they are things I personally pride myself on but it shouldn’t consume you.

It’s even become a social norm to poke the response of “I’ve been so busy” “I’m busy” “I’m so busy I haven’t eaten lunch”  I personally dislike the word busy and I try furiously try not to use it, it’s such a negative word, isn’t it? Often it can become so overused that’s it’s a competition to see who is the busiest.  Let me tell you, claiming to be so busy that you never eat, sleep, or live an enjoyable life is nothing to be proud of.

Creating time to travel, write and meet with friends and family is the greatest treasures of all.

There are so many other ways to express our workloads other than using the word busy and many numerous ways or reducing stress I have compiled a short list that may be beneficial.

 

5 ways to avoid using the dreaded word busy

  1. I have to finish this first but will get to that as soon as I can.
  2. My agenda is full.
  3. I’m currently tied up.
  4. I am engaged in a lot of activity at the moment, and I’m happy to take on that project as soon as I am able.
  5. I  have been focusing my attention on x, y, and z and will be committed to these for the next few days.

5 ways to help reduce stress levels

  1. Spend some time with your pet(s) –  Interacting with pets may help release oxytocin.
  2. Cuddle – Positive physical contact can help release oxytocin and lower cortisol.
  3. Practice mindfulness – It can help combat the anxiety-inducing effects of negative thinking.
  4. Exercise – putting physical stress on your body through exercise can relieve mental stress.
  5. Pen to paper – writing down your thoughts and feelings is a way of letting go of stress.