These days, we're all working longer and stressing more, busier than ever. But it really is possible to handle everything that's going on around us--to stay grounded even when everything around us seems to be spinning out of control.
Here are 12 simple but very workable habits to try:
1. Own the moment. When you can make this moment the most important moment, nothing can overwhelm you. Nothing keeps you grounded like being fully present.
2. Take charge of your emotions. The last thing you want is to lose control of yourself when you need it the most. Train yourself to regulate your emotions and responses so you're always in charge.
3. Control your choice. There are many factors outside your control, so be intentional in focusing your energy and actions on the things you can actually do something about.
4. Boost your self-confidence. If self-doubt is an issue for you, begin now to do daily exercises, with a coach or counselor if needed, to build your confidence. Then it will be ready to fuel you through the tough and challenging times.
5. Help someone else. The times when you're busiest are the times when it's most important to make time for others. There's great power in stepping out of your own struggles and perspective, even for a moment.
6. Take time to reflect. Reflection time is when you give yourself permission to tune out and take a breather. It's much more valuable than a simple break--it's a grounding process that is essential to success.
7. Learn to say no. When you're burned out and too busy to catch your breath, remind yourself that the best way to stay grounded is to learn to say no. Remember, when you say no to something unimportant you are saying yes to something important.
8. Keep yourself healthy. That means fostering in yourself a healthy body, healthy mind, healthy thoughts. Think positive, exercise daily, eat healthy, work hard, stay strong, worry less, dance more, love well and be happy--that's how you stay healthy and energized.
9. Nurture yourself. Care for your thoughts, your goals, your desires, your hopes, your dreams. Nurture them with your awareness and dedication and give them room to grow.
10. De-stress to avoid dis-ease. Think about what worries, scares, or stresses you, and find a way to deal with it. Stress, worry, and doubt are major negative forces in life--but only if you allow them to be.
11. Create a routine and stick with it. It's normal to feel ungrounded when you're doing too many things at once. If multitasking is a challenge for you, learn to create a routine and stick to it--tackle one thing at a time, until it's done and then move on.
12. Choose yourself. Making time for yourself may seem counterproductive, but that's the point. Take a time out and allow yourself to reset, reassess and rethink. People make time for the things that are most important, so make yourself a priority.
Start today to develop the habits and strategies that will keep you grounded when everything around you is spinning.