Samantha Gades

How busy are you?  Are you too busy to realize how busy you really are?  Take this quick quiz: 

  1. Do you eat in the car or at your desk? 
  2. Do you forget to eat or skip meals altogether?
  3. Do you take your supplements/medicine with you because you are too busy to take them in the morning?
  4. Do you think of your hair your and make-up as being a waste of time? 
  5. Do you bring a change of clothes with you for the variety of different activities you do?
  6. Do you online shop because going to the store is too time consuming? 
  7. Do you start work before going in to work? 
  8. Do you continue working after going home? 

Many adults will answer yes to some or even the majority of these questions.  We are often busy with good things: busy at work, busy at home, busy with kids, busy with social lives and family obligations.  Being busy isn’t wrong in itself, but it can lead to neglecting important aspects of your life, like your health, beauty, relationships, stress, and sleep. 

A major issue that many busy people have is we begin to lack mindfulness.  Our brain is so full of to-do lists that we are always thinking one step ahead, and eventually this can become counterproductive.   

“If you are depressed you are living in the past. 

If you are anxious you are living in the future. 

If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

Lao Tzu

Practice being present as much as you can.  Busy people can be mindful in the midst of a hectic life.  Here are some things you can do: 

  1. Schedule time to relax: busy people live by their calendar.  Don’t wait for the time to relax.  You will fill it up with something without realizing it. 
  2. Yoga: Yoga is a great way to ‘get into your body.’ I especially recommend Yin yoga.  In Yin, you hold poses for three minutes.  You aren’t rushing to find a good stretch and are able to slowly work your way up to your edge, and then release it.  Yin is a great tool for meditation and forces you to pay close attention to your body, and is perfect for tired, over-worked, stressed out busy people.
  3. Infrared Sauna: Some people bring books into the sauna, but I prefer to completely turn my brain off and listen to the sounds of birds and ocean waves.  Once you begin to sweat, it pours off your body in big droplets, and feels absolutely amazing.  Being fully present is important not only to make sure you are not dehydrating or pushing your body too far, but also to give yourself permission to just feel and experience full relaxation. 
  4. Take a bath: This can be a detox bath or just a relaxing bubble bath.  Maybe turn on some relaxing music, use your favorite essential oils, and even sip a glass of your favorite wine.
  5. Try a new hairstyle or make-up technique: As easy as buying new eyeshadow or lipstick, or even watching a YouTube tutorial to learn a new braiding technique. 
  6. Take some time in the morning to look at yourself – You are literally reflecting on yourself.  We often get so caught up in our morning routines that make-up gets caked on.  Are you paying attention to the shape of your eyes?  Your cheek bones?  Think about what makes you beautiful: your skin, your hair, your lips, yourlaugh, your strength, your courage, your love for your family.  

Dr. Melanie MacLaren is a naturopathic doctor and registered yoga teacher who is passionate about natural health and also the individualized needs of each of her clients.  Call (317) 344-9840 or schedule an appointment online.  

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