With the hustle and bustle of daily life it is easy to get caught up in the stresses and worries that we have. Rushing around has truly become an epidemic – we love to be “busy.”
Think about it. Whenever you ask someone how they are doing, one of the most common responses are “Great! I / We have been SO busy.”
It has become almost a pre-programmed response.
And honestly, it’s true.
Most of us are ridiculously busy. We wear it like a badge of honor in this culture. Like our worth is only based on how many things we are doing. How many commitments we have made. How many to-do items we have on our list and how filled our calendars are every day.
Many businesses promote this culture. Workers feel the need to “look busy,” to make it seem like they are doing something all the time. To prove their worth by “doing.”
And in social circles it can often be a competition to see who is doing more. Who has more friends, more events, more things to do, as this defines your social status and importance.
But being busy does not necessarily equate to being productive.
And being busy certainly does not always equate to being happy.
In fact, most people feel overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overworked. We are seeing record rates of anxiety and depression. We see an increase in autoimmune disorders and stress-related illnesses.
We are busying ourselves to the point of sickness.
The good news: This is totally fixable!
One of the best ways to combat being busy is to practice intentional living. When we are more intentional and purposeful with our decisions and actions, we help eliminate the “busy” and reduce the feeling of being rushed and stressed.
What is intentional living?
Living intentionally means you construct everything in your life around you core values and beliefs. It means being clear about the WHY for everything that you do. This includes the things that you eat, the work that you do, the people in your life, the activities that you do, you financial decisions, your wellness choices.
It is an ongoing, fluid approach to life. It is practiced every day, in every moment. It is making conscious choices and taking action that reflect your values and beliefs.
It is believing in yourself.
It is trusting your decisions.
It is practicing mindfulness.
And it is unique to every person – it is definitely not a one-size fits all approach to life.
When we are approaching life from our core values and beliefs, it feels very different. We are no longer living for others or what society tells us is important, we are living from our own sense of purpose.
It creates more meaning, more space, and more time in your life. And for busy, overwhelmed women, this is invaluable.
I believe living intentionally is an essential practice of mind-body-living. I also believe it is practicing self-love. Living your life defined by your values lets you create you best self. You are no longer living for others because you are in tune with who you are and what you want and live your life for you.
Because I am all about inspired action, I want to provide you some simple tips to get started.
Jamie’s 3 Tips for Intentional Living:
1. Recognize that being “busy” is a choice.
You can choose to not be busy. Living intentionally is all about making choices. You have the power to decide what you don’t want to do; you can make changes that will help you reduce the chaos in your life.
2. Get in touch with your Core Values.
Reconnect with your WHY. These values help drive all of your decisions and provide you the foundation for living life on your terms. There are lots of cool values exercises that you can find on the internet, or hop on over to my Facebook Group to grab a copy of my personal favorite ?
3. Practice saying “no.”
I talk a LOT about this in my work. Saying “no” is not a bad thing. Learning how to set energetic boundaries for yourself is one of the best things you can do to take care of yourself. When activities or options don’t align with your core values, graciously declining is a positive thing!
Want to learn more?
Join the community and connect with us on how to be more intentional with your life! See you there!
Peace and Love,
PS – It all starts with self-love! Grab your Free Copy of the Self-Love Guide Here.