Today’s coping tip is to slow down if you find yourself rushing too often.
The modern world encourages rushing around. We try to do so many things, get to places, experience things, take our kids somewhere, etc. One of the things about the pandemic closing the world down was that things slowed.
Now I am back in a busy routine, and this year has felt especially busy. I’m trying to appreciate downtime and not make plans or even try to “fit something else” in. My life is busy enough, so a couple things I’ve tried.
First, if I don’t need to get something done today, I try not to do it or worry about it. I’m working to avoid “crossing something off my list” more than necessary.
If I can, I’m sitting down and relaxing more. With my wife, with a guitar, a book, or just hanging out. Spending more time with the family at home is a nice way to slow my life.
Even when working on things around the ranch, I’m putting less things on my list for a Sat or Sun, to ensure I have more a mental break from the busy work life that fills my weeks.
I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQL Server Central newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. All my coping tips are under this tag.