Set Yourself Free


Photo by Laura Beyer

Do you ever feel like something is weighing you down? Maybe it’s not just one big thing, but several small, nagging things? Maybe you have a million little projects floating around in the back of your mind, taking up space and increasing your anxiety. I know this is me pretty much daily. I also know I would rather feel light and free, like the ocean, which can be held back by nothing.

So, what can you do about those days where you are running on empty with a million things important things cluttering your to-do list and you can literally feel the motivation leaking out of your body? How can you defy being held back by these things?

One of my favorite rules to live by and an easy thing to declutter the mind was first introduced to me when I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. She helped organize her life and increase her happiness simply by sticking to the “one minute rule“.

This rule basically says that you should take care of anything that can be finished in a minute immediately. Do not procrastinate on these types of tasks because you can get them done so quickly, and off your mind.

Whether it be hanging up a coat or getting the mail or even just throwing away a water bottle that has been sitting around your house for too long, taking care of these one minute tasks takes that strain off your mind. It also gives you that perfect feeling of accomplishment, which could even increase your motivation to tackle harder tasks.

Some days, you’re really dragging. Maybe you just want to curl up in bed and not wake up for a couple days, you’re that exhausted. But, of course, your to-do list will not do itself. That’s where the power nap comes in. It only takes 20 minutes out of your day, but its benefits are huge: increased attention span, motivation, and alertness. All things you need to tackle those projects.

Feeling like you can’t close your eyes today without staying asleep for hours? Try this unique yoga pose. It can make you feel completely rested without even laying all the way down. It also has benefits beyond making the brain feel free; it helps immunity, as well.

Utilizing simple techniques such as these to bring your stress level down can make you feel free and peaceful, like the wide-open ocean above. We’ve talked about having bad days before, but these techniques might be able to actually help with those dragging days.

No one wants to be held back by anything, especially those to-do list objects. Don’t let yourself get swamped down by this stuff, you can be free like the ocean, too. All you need to do is take a hold of your life and make tiny tweaks such as the ones above. That could spell the difference between getting through the day and giving up.



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