Cheryl Richardson in her book Life Makeovers: 52 Practical and Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time urges you to become aware of the habits and behaviours that keep you hooked on adrenaline. She asks you to consider the following questions:
- Are you drinking a lot of coffee during the day?
- Do you spend to much time on the computer?
- Do you Rush from one appointment or task to another?
She then asks you to write down in your Daily Dialogue the three habits that keep your adrenaline pumping. For example mine would be:
- To much caffeine
- Checking my phone, emails, social media etc. far too often
- Double booking myself (saying that I can fit things in, when I’m busy, and then trying to make it work)
Now this week pick one new behaviour from the list below and practice it faithfully for the next week.
- Go to the GP and get an adrenal stress index test (a simple saliva test taken throughout the day) if you physically feel as though you cannot slow down.
- Schedule regular 15 minute relaxation breaks during the day to practice being still.
- Change your work habits. Instead of checking your voicemail, email several times a day, challenge yourself to cut back to twice a day. Clear your desk and only work on one thing at a time. Turn the ringer off on the phone. Tell others you’ve extended your return message policy from within one day to one week. If work begins to pile up its time to get help. Either hire an assistant, request support from your boss or decide to let go of certain aspects of your work altogether.
- Breath deeply. Start taking mini self care breaks throughout the day by breathing deeply throughout the day. Place your hand over your abdomen and as you breath feel this area move in and out. To help you remember, link this practice to daily events like settling your self at your desk, before you leave for lunch and again before you leave for home.
- Take a good multivitamin to support your bodies immune system.
- Give up caffeine and cut back on sugar and junk food too.
- Get regular exercise, get up and take a brisk walk to work off excess energy when you feel anxious or overstimulated. Start walking to work, taking stairs or using your lunch break to get your body moving by going for a walk.
I already take a good multivitamin and walk during my lunch break so the new habit that I’ll practice this week is breathing deeply. I will try to practice this when I sit down at my desk , before I leave for lunch, when I get back and before I leave at the end of the day.
Build on success, remember each little change made over time will make a big difference in your ability to slow down and improve the quality of your life.