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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