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WHEN DID BE­ING in­ces­santly busy be­come the norm? The non-stop grind has be­come such a part of my daily life that I can’t re­mem­ber a time when I was on top of my to-do list. (True story: Said list is so long it stretches beyond the fab­ric of space and time.) And as for a break—a real one, not one of those “still an­swer­ing email” faux­ca­tions I’m so fond of—i’m go­ing to sched­ule one soon. I just have to fin­ish writ­ing this let­ter first. We ex­plore so­ci­ety’s ad­dic­tion to this “hus­tle cul­ture” in “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” (page 60). I’m ad­mit­tedly in deep, but I’ve got a few ways to help take the pres­sure off.

1. Keep a “good things” di­ary. When small, un­ex­pected nice mo­ments hap­pen in my life (like that time a woman ran three blocks in the rain to give me my cell­phone af­ter I’d left it in a café), I jot them down in my Notes app. On rough days, I scroll through the en­tries, which grounds me in re­al­ity rather than ru­mi­na­tion. “Small Won­ders” (page 53) re­minds us of the big im­pact a lit­tle thing can have on another per­son; even just giv­ing a gen­uine com­pli­ment can change the tra­jec­tory of some­one’s day.

2. Get out of your head. Mind­ful­ness doesn’t have to hap­pen on a silent re­treat. Dance classes are my med­i­ta­tion. (Give me loud mu­sic and a packed, high-en­ergy stu­dio over yoga any day.) Keep­ing up with chore­og­ra­phy is so phys­i­cally and men­tally chal­leng­ing that I re­main fully fo­cused in the mo­ment and can think of noth­ing else. Plus, I love how dancers dress: in lay­ers and pieces made to move in. (See “Lace Up” on page 84 for a fun fash­ion take on dancewear.) 3. Pick the easy op­tion. Some­times when I get home from work, mak­ing din­ner just isn’t some­thing I’m ca­pa­ble of. That’s why ce­real was in­vented. (If you re­lax by cook­ing, “Recipe for Suc­cess” on page 102 is for you.) I hope this month’s is­sue of­fers you a lit­tle respite from your busy life.

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