SWITCH­ING OFF YOUR MEN­TAL LOAD

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | YOU - — bodyand­soul.com.au Tiffiny Hall is the founder of TIFFXO.

You wake up, start mak­ing break­fast for kids while pack­ing their school lunches; you put a load of wash­ing on; make the bed and check work emails while plan­ning din­ner – while si­mul­ta­ne­ously mak­ing a men­tal list of the day’s er­rands and dead­lines. Sound like your morn­ing?

This all-too-fa­mil­iar sce­nario has a name. It’s called the men­tal load.

The load con­sists of all the men­tal work, list-mak­ing, or­gan­is­ing, bill wor­ry­ing, and the things we do to keep our lives and house­hold run­ning. And you know what? It’s ex­haust­ing! The men­tal load also takes up so much space there’s no room to prac­tise mind­ful­ness and other things to help us re­lax.

Tiffiny Hall has the fol­low­ing tips for turn­ing off the men­tal load:

● Del­e­gate – we need to let part­ners do more by giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to ac­tu­ally step up and fill in the gaps we cre­ate. Let your hus­band pay the bills and fold the tow­els. The same prin­ci­ple goes for the kids. They can, and should, be help­ing out around the house also.

● Ex­er­cise more – when you’re ex­er­cis­ing and chal­leng­ing your­self, you won’t be able to let the men­tal load creep in.

● Lower your ex­pec­ta­tions – try and re­mem­ber it’s a home, not a dis­play house. Also, re­mem­ber not ev­ery­thing has to be done to­day – things can wait till to­mor­row.

● Med­i­tate – our brains need to come up for air too. Med­i­ta­tion can help. It re­duces stress and helps us to be present.

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