How to Take Back Your Life When You're Feeling Too Busy

Updated 05/06/19
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It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that is life—never stopping or relenting when it comes to your career or loved ones. And while keeping busy is a healthy part of successful living, it's also important to take out for yourself from time to time. Mindbodygreen outlined some strategies for beating burnout before it even begins. Don't get so wrapped up in the myth of equating busyness with accomplishment that you forget to incorporate the other aspects of life that contribute to your success.

Make time for your inner child. Give yourself permission to indulge in childlike joy and wonder. We get so caught up in sweeping our anxieties and anger under the rug that we never allow ourselves a healthy release. Take a nap, take a time-out, escape to your room to confront your emotions, and allow yourself time to recover.

Ban being busy at bedtime. Too often we take our work home with us and, even worse, into our bed. Right before we ready for shut-eye, we're scrolling through our emails, checking up on tasks, getting our brains worked up about what's to come in the morning, and exposing our eyes to harmful blue light. Ditch the devices before bedtime and keep the bedside reserved for things like eye masks and essential oils.

Lose the fear of missing out. FOMO is real, but it has no place in a healthy, successful life. Putting energy into what you don't have instead of putting energy into working toward your goals and aspirations will only set you back further. Put things into perspective, realizing social media likes are just taps on a screen, and no one really knows what's reality and what's contrived in picture-perfect posts on Instagram. Focus on the real life in front of you, appreciating where you are and looking forward to where you want to go.

Now find out how to nourish your body even when you're busy.

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