Eat well, exercise, drink lots of water, be mindful, buy organic, get enough rest. The prescriptions for a healthy lifestyle are in every headline. But despite our best efforts, stress and negativity still manage to seep in through the cracks.
Socrates wrote, "The unexamined life is not worth living." So let's examine those nooks and crannies of life that allow less-than-healthy habits to sneak in.
Four kids’ soccer games every weekend, yoga three times a week, the Church fundraiser and the co-chairing of the Teacher Appreciation Lunch — while these things are inherently good in themselves, when we overcommit we enjoy each event less and put ourselves at risk of burning out.
Schedule downtime. Block out weekends on the calendar when you can give yourself permission to decline invitations and activities. Plan something quiet at home instead — popcorn and a movie, a monopoly marathon, a picnic in the backyard, a family bike ride.
2) Round-the-clock Email
Even good news — an exciting project at work, or a friend who wants to visit — sets our minds ticking with plans, ideas and expectations. The bad emails — the zingers from an angry client, or the overdraft notice from the bank — take an obvious toll.
When we check on our email first thing in the morning (think: while still lying in bed), we rob ourselves of rituals of silence, serenity and the rare uninterrupted peace that morning offers.
If we check in late at night, we increase the time it takes to wind down before bed.
Limit emails to the work day or to one hour after work, and then focus on the present moment.
3) Chronic Lateness
There is a spirituality to being on time, according to blogger Phil Fox Rose.
Rose writes in his post The Selfishness of Being Late, “If you arrive late at a movie theater or group dinner, everyone else has to absorb your frenetic energy as you come barging in — sometimes even the strangers at other seats or tables.