The other day I was at the gym doing my exercise routine when I began to observe my self-talk. It went something like this:
“Okay, what else do I need to get done today? I still need to get my blog written for tomorrow’s post. Then, I need to prepare for my classes. Oh, and I need to stop by the grocery store and pick up something for dinner… etc. etc. etc.”
All of these thoughts were racing through my mind as I was racing through my workout. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I was just going through the motions, oblivious to my workout or my surroundings.
My mind was a million miles away thinking of my next to-do and robbing myself of enjoying something I really like.
Have you ever been there? So caught up getting things done that you forget to enjoy what you were doing?
It’s hard to find anyone these days who doesn’t feel really, really busy. And, we are. In our society people give you a very strange look if you say otherwise. (Try it sometime – saying you’re not that busy. It’s fun to watch people’s expressions.)
Feeling busy and overwhelmed with all there is to do is just the way things are these days. Most of us think there is too little free time.
But, sociologist John Robinson reports in his research that we have more free time than ever before. He bases that on the fact that our hours on the job have been declining over the last few decades. (It would be interesting to know how he measures “on the job”.)
He goes on to say that the reason we all feel so busy is because of “fragmentation”.
Our free time doesn’t feel like leisure because we’re connected 24/7 to emails, texts, social media, etc. It’s hard to get away from work or work-like activities.
How to Feel Less Busy
If it is true that we have more leisure time than we think, how do we begin to feel that way?
Observation is the first step. Pay attention to what you’re saying to yourself. Are you telling yourself over and over how busy you are as I was doing to myself at the gym?
Observe yourself. Our society puts a premium on busyness. Try to break the pattern. Observe – without judgment – and take a deep breath. Stop the “busy” conversation going on in your head. You could even try saying something like “I have all the time in the world to enjoy what I’m doing right now.”
Also, try to disconnect for some period of time each day. Practice yoga and/or deep breathing. Or, take a walk. Do whatever activity gives you a little space, a little separation from daily life.
Years ago my yoga teacher said the “time” we take to practice yoga comes back to us. I’ve found this to be true. Disconnecting from the hustle and bustle – even for a short time – is rejuvenating.
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