When we’re rushing around with the ‘never enough time to do everything' mindset we’re constantly triggering our sympathetic nervous system, also known as fight and flight, which is not good for us long term (think faster ageing, poor digestion, fatigue). However, when we relax, do something we love, meditate, practice yoga, do tasks more slowly, we’re more likely to be activating our parasympathetic nervous system, and this allows the body to rest, digest and detox.
So what can you do to help this process:
Calm app - I’m loving this app, its just 10 minutes of guided meditations daily, culminating in a useful and positive quote to set you up for the day and to help put things into perspective. I use it regularly myself and notice I’m far less reactive to stressful situations these days and clients report similar effects. You can try it for 7 days free of charge, plus it has great sleep stories to get you off to sleep. Why not give it a go - everyone has 10 minutes.
Slow yourself down, even doing things 25% slower can calm the stress response. When you're doing things quickly your body is on high alert.
Limit the mulit-tasking, difficult I know but worth bearing in mind! Too much sensory input can activate the stress response.
Find time to do things you love and enjoy, and know, that if you’re happier then everyone around you will benefit.