While doing some much needed organizing and clearing out, I came across a little booklet I made a few years ago where I came up with a list of 8 tips that helped me get off the hamster wheel of life.
At the time I worked as a graphic designer where I felt more like a machine cranking out project after project faster and faster instead of feeling like I had an opportunity to enjoy the creative process. I started to brainstorm and implement simple things I could do to make my situation more enjoyable and less like drudgery.
These tips are as relevant now as then and include:
- IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO
Or, at the very least, not now. Be real with yourself. Give yourself permission to think it through before you respond.
- LAUGH OFTEN
Are things really that bad? Laugh at yourself, predicament, gain perspective, watch a silly movie or YouTube video.
- SAVOR THE SMALL MOMENTS
Try not to take anything for granted. Watch a sunset, play with a pet, hang out with children.
- GET OUT OF YOUR BOX
Take a class, order something different for lunch, take a different route to work. Making a small change can make a big difference.
Don’t forget to balance work with taking care of your body and spirit. Be active, relax and have fun!
Keep it stupidly simple, or better yet, keep it simple smart! A good practice especially when you feel overwhelmed.
Go offline. Take a break, breathe or go for a walk. You may come back feeling refreshed with a new perspective.
Sometimes we forget to treat ourselves. Before you move on to the next project, do something nice for yourself, but don’t use it as an excuse to feed your addictions.
I realize now there are more tips I can add to the list including:
Taking time to check in with yourself even for a few minutes helps to clear the mind, especially when you feel overwhelmed.
A few years ago I learned of a term, FOMO, which means Fear of Missing Out. I felt I may be missing out if I didn’t always say yes to all my invites or continually check social media. Lately the term JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) has been popping up on the internet and helped me realize that I didn’t have to say yes to everything which brings me back to tip #1, it’s okay to say no.
Are there tips you’d like to share here that have helped you get off that hamster wheel of life?