Many studies have confirmed that worrying has lot of not so positive effects on our lives and can deteriorate our health. Worrying can make us tired, stressed and can speed up our aging process but most of all it can make us more prone to depression. So why many of us indulged in it? In reality, 90% of things we worry about never happen anyway! Life is not easy, that goes without saying and no one ever promised us that it was, worrying two thirds of our waking time is not going to help.
What’s bizarre is that people worry about things that they have no control of, one great example is worrying about the future. The future can never be predicted, the sooner we accepted this truth the easier our lives will become. What we can do instead, is to make practical plans about it and live by the moment. Focusing too much on what’s not yet here, can steal a lot of our precious time in the present. Another reason why we worry too much is that we seldom focus on what we have, the tendency for most of us is to dwell on what we lack.
Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be done, postponing until tomorrow what can be done today. I have to admit, that it is an area that I struggle with so I started doing some research to better understand it and may be make some progress on it. My search for information on that subject led me to a study by The University of Cambridge in England. I would like to share those results in today’s post.
Why do people procrastinate?
- poor time management, often associated with a distorted sense of the time available
- an inability to prioritise
- overload of tasks at a specific time
- anxiety about the task, so time is spent worrying rather than doing
- difficulty concentrating
- not knowing what is required
- feeling overwhelmed by the task(s)
- concern about failing or not meeting your own standards
- fear of success and its possible consequences
Balance is key! whether it is your personal life or your work life, too much of anything can be harmful. However the idea of balance can mean different things to different people. I want to address four areas of life that are essential to anyone and which, if worked on properly, can make you calm, clear-headed and well-grounded. Too many people are being pulled from many directions and too many times they are directions they do not need to follow.
Living a balanced life is like sitting on a four-legged chair, if one leg is missing, sitting safely and comfortably becomes almost impossible. Following are four areas of your life that if paid close attention to, and worked on diligently would provide you with a solid foundation for a life
This is a guest post by Ms Sara Widener. Ms Widener is the author of the post “Can ruin lead to transformation”. You can continue to read future posts she writes here on this website. Enjoy this piece, and enjoy life.
Usually during this time of year, as one year is coming to an end as we begin to look forward to a new year, we all try to reflect on the past year and all we’ve endured. We think of areas in our lives we want to typically improve, and we begin to think of what we may want to come in the new year. Many of these thoughts may come with the countless “New Years Resolutions” but if we think back of all of our “New Years Resolutions,” it’s hard to remember how many of us actually follow through on them. Our intentions with these are to try to, usually, improve something or some aspect in our lives. Lose weight.
Improve our finances and spend less money. Earn more money, maybe get a new job or a job at that. Try to enjoy life the fullest. Give more to others, volunteer, help someone in need, donate your time or money. Expand your education. Maybe travel. But how many of us come up with these ideas and actually follow through with our intentions and commitments? Many fall trap of reforming our old habits and merely continuing our old cycles and paths in life. We get stuck, and then become negative that nothing has changed. But what we do in our lives, how we live them, and the decisions we make are ours. If we really think about this idea, it is very powerful.