People are so busy today that many of them find themselves unable to cope with the speed of the modern world, making their life miserable with depression and other psychological conditions. One of the keys to avoiding these pressures is to take things slowly and live a relaxed life. But this is easier said than done. How exactly is one to achieve a relaxed life in these times? Here are some tips that will guide you along the path.
Focus and finish one task
One of the main reasons why people seem to be stressed out and starved for time is that they try to do many things at one go. The more difficult and numerous your goals are, the more psychological damage a person will take. The key is to prioritize things according to what is most important to you and finish your list off one by one.
For instance, you may have to submit a report to your office senior by the weekend. At the same time, you may have booked a date with your love interest, agreed to help your aunt fix the house’s plumbing, and planned on learning a new skill through an online course. If you try to manage all these things on the weekend, you will only be mentally exhausted.
If you continue with this habit week after week, you will eventually burn out due to all the stress. As such, prepare a list of what’s important and complete them one at a time. By doing so, you will feel more relaxed since your mind is only occupied with one task and not dozens of them.
Be grateful for what you have
People tend to be so focused on what they want that they overlook what they already have. “If all we look at is negative, we begin to feel very down and stressed. When we are aware of the positives in our lives, we are more able to be relaxed and not allow the little stresses to overwhelm us,” according to Hey Sigmund.
Take stock of all the blessings in your life — loving parents, romantic partner, stable job, time for hobbies, a good home, and so on. There are millions of people who do not have these things. But if you have all these, don’t you think that you are blessed? Definitely. Always remind yourselves of these blessings. Slowly, you will start being happy with what you have rather than feeling dejected about what you do not possess. Life will naturally feel more relaxed for you.
Keep time aside for relationships
Objects can give you happiness. But relationships can give you even more happiness. Do not get so caught up in the pursuit of material happiness that you disregard your parents, lovers, friends, and other important people in your life. Any pleasure you attain from an object is short-lived. For instance, you may look forward to buying a new car. When you do buy it, you will feel very happy.
However, after months and years have passed, you will no longer derive the kind of happiness from owning the car like you initially did. It is then that you might get fascinated by a newer model and start stressing out your life to buy it. In contrast, a relationship with a loving person will always be a source of happiness, whether you are a 9-year-old kid or an 80-year-old grandpa. The happier you are around people and the less obsessed you are with objects, the more relaxed your mind will be.