Emotional Wellness

Is Happiness a Pursuit?

Do you feel like you’re chasing after happiness? Many people are. The problem with this mindset is that a person can only chase after something if it is an object to obtain.

What do I mean by this?

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Five Ways to Slow Down

Savor

In today’s fast-paced society, it’s easy to let ourselves go on autopilot and never allow time to savor the moment.

After all, if you’re rushing from one thing to the next with no time in between and barely enough time to scarf down some lunch, it’s nearly impossible to savor anything.

The ability to actually be in the moment is much more important than you might realize. Getting into the habit of using mindfulness helps reduce anxiety, improve overall health, decrease stress, and improve happiness.

My clients with anxiety find this to be very helpful. You can get into full-blown mindfulness meditation (which many people love) but I would argue that even being more intentional and mindful in small moments throughout the day has big payoffs. Here are 5 ways to slow down and really savor the moment:

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Prune Your Life to Find Fulfillment and Save Money

Cut Out of Your Life

When people find out that I have never paid for television, they are usually shocked (and sometimes don’t believe me). What do you do? they will ask, surprised that I could be so cut off from pop culture.

I don’t have anything against TV, but it isn’t something that would enhance my life.

The consumeristic nature of society has led us all to believe that more equals better.

More money. More stuff. More overtime. More commitments. More responsibilities. More subscriptions.

More.

We let so many things into our lives without really questioning why. This leads us to having cluttered homes full of mediocre stuff and cluttered lives full of mediocre relationships and responsibilities.

I’ve been working to evaluate the stuff in my life (physical stuff and the not-so-tangible stuff) and determine if it really needs to be there.

If you’d like to try this too, here are a couple questions to consider:

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How To Get Stuff Done When You’re Overwhelmed

Get Stuff Done

Do you ever have so much stuff to do that you just sit there and do none of it?

It’s amazing how a to-do list can be paralyzing. Failing to do anything is a sure way to feel horrible by the end of the day.

I have discovered a method which works wonders for my productivity when I have a bunch of things to do. It’s a really simple concept called focus sessions.

This is sometimes called the Pomodoro Technique (more on that here) and the idea is easy-to-follow. You set a timer for a short burst (25 minutes is just about right) and work with focused intensity for that time period. Then, you give yourself a short 5 minute break. After you’ve done four rounds of focus sessions, you can take a longer, 25-30 minute break.

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Six Weeks of Wellness- Week 3- Emotional Wellness

 

Emotional Wellness

Let’s talk about clutter.

It’s so easy to accumulate but somehow seems impossible to master. Clutter can come in the form of physical clutter in our homes, offices, or vehicles, or even digital clutter on your phone or computer. This may seem completely unrelated to our emotional wellness, but it’s not.

Studies have shown that clutter increases stress and can impair your ability to think creatively. One study even found that employers were 28 percent less likely to promote someone with a disorganized work space! Clutter leads to feelings of anxiety, shame, and overwhelm.

I don’t need all those studies to tell me that, though. It’s very obvious to me that I feel less stressed when in an organized environment, and even organizing a small space can give a huge feeling of accomplishment.

The problem for most of us is that we don’t need better organizing solutions, nicer things, or more storage space.

We need less stuff.

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