Are you feeling overwhelmed? If so, you’re not alone. When life feels like it’s on fast forward, it’s time to hit pause. Try recharging by unplugging, through getting back to the basics of “Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.”
For the majority of us, most of the reading we do these days comes by way of staring at the glow of a screen on our cell phone, tablet, or computer. There is nothing wrong with staying connected, and taking advantage of the convenience that our electronics offer us. That said, it can also be helpful to savor a slower pace by favoring an old school “ink on the page” book. There is less distraction, and more relaxation. Find a new book about something you love, or start off by rereading an old favorite. If a book feels like a bit much, pick up a magazine to get the ball rolling.
Journaling can be a great way to process your feelings, and organize your thoughts. While we just recommended that you read a book, that doesn’t mean we’re saying you need to write one. It can seem daunting to commit to write in a journal every day. If that is the case for you, then don’t. Only write in it when you feel like it. Try to set aside five minutes a day though, perhaps right before bed. No expectations, and no limitations. People overwhelmingly report a positive experience by doing so. Start off by jotting down what you did that day. Before long you will likely be eager to track how what you do makes you feel, not to mention look forward to the act of recording it all.
Numbers and calculations dominate a fair amount of our thought. From “how many minutes before I need to leave to be on time?” to “how much is it going to cost to fix my car?” it can be a seemingly endless game of trying to do the math in order to keep up or catch up. It’s time to do the right kind of math. Take a moment for yourself to reflect. In doing so, give the mental calculator a break while focusing on “adding up” all the good things in your life. In all the hustle and bustle, they can be easy to forget. Yet, if you open yourself up to the possibilities, and take the time to look, you will find something to appreciate. It is when one is most in need of remembering, that setting aside time for reflection is most important.