With work, family commitments, and a culture that seems to speed up by the hour, it’s no wonder why we fall down dizzy at the end of the day (yet, still have the presence of mind to avoid dropping our phones—skills.).
It might seem counterintuitive, but we can actually get more done—and feel happier overall—when we take regular breaks from our to-do list. We call it the “unhustle.” Here’s how to work it into your world, without doing much work at all.
2. Sit still
Remember when your mom told you to sit still? She was onto something—meditation. Sit in a comfortable position, and try to clear your mind. Feel your heart beating; focus on your breathing, slowly inhaling and exhaling. You can even use a meditation app, like Calm, to walk you through it. See, electronics still have a place in your unhustled life.
3. Get creative
Sing in the shower, write a poem, or dip into that adult coloring book (no judgement). Focusing on something completely fun and creative for 20 minutes can pull you out of an anxious mindset and help you slow down.
4. Sleep in
We know it’s not easy, especially if you have small children or pets who demand attention early in the morning. If a lazy morning in bed is impossible, aim for a nap in the middle of the day. No need to feel guilty. Experts say sleep is as important as diet and exercise to our overall well-being.
5. Take an art walk
In our quest for getting 10,000 steps daily, we forget that walking is also a good way to unwind and press restart in your brain. But if you want to upgrade your walk and inspire your creative side, try taking a destination art walk in various cities around the country, where you can see some of the most jaw-dropping street art, sculptural installations, and more.
6. Practice listening
Talking can require a lot more energy than listening. Next time you have a conversation, focus on being 100 percent present, and just listen. When you focus quietly on that one person’s words, instead of interrupting and launching into your own story, or thinking about the other things you need to do, you’ll feel a little bit more at ease.
7. Step outside
Research shows that one of the best ways to calm anxiety is to spend time in nature, even for a few minutes a day. Not only will you feel more refreshed, but it also lowers your blood pressure and reduces brain activity associated with negative ruminating thoughts. If you can’t make it outside, listening to nature sounds can have the same effect.
8. Turn off your phone
Or at least put it in Do Not Disturb mode for an hour, and only allow access for emergency contacts. Another idea: Break up with just one social media platform. Do you really need Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram? Probably not.
9. Cuddle in bed
Whether it’s with your significant other or Jake, the cat, the act of snuggling releases oxytocin, a hormone that helps increase feelings of happiness, according to research. Then it won’t just be you reaping the benefits—your partner will, too. You know what they say: The family that unhustles together…
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