21st Century Living

The Ongoing Time Crunch

Developing daily self-care habits
is a fundamental necessity for 21st century living.

The pace of modern life can leave us frustrated, overwhelmed, stressed-out, and feeling as if we can’t “catch up” in our lives.

We are connected to the busyness of life in a way that leaves us little room to quietly slip away for some much needed time out.

And, should we find a way to do so, we can count on returning to an overflowing inbox of emails, voice mails, and other lists of time-consuming demands to respond to.

Many people today have never known lives without the technology that keeps our world globally connected, and operating at lightning speed. Time was when phone calls were met with a busy signal or ongoing ringing instead of voice mail. Businesses closed their doors at 5 pm and re-opened at 8 am, and they were closed on Sundays and holidays. Although it was limiting and inconvenient at times, it did serve to protect our personal time and ensure us time off from the demands of the world.

There is no denying that voice mail, email, and 24-7 global commerce has had positive effects on humanity, but it has come with a price. The line between work and personal time has become much less rigid. 21st century living demands that we be available at the push of a button or the click of a mouse. We are expected to respond to emails and voice mails no matter where we are, so we take our computers and cell phones with us on vacation. We can cram more into our days because we can handle emails, voice mails, shopping, banking, bill paying, travel arrangements, and other business transactions electronically after hours.

Developing good self-care habits can bring our lives back into balance and help us maintain optimal states of wellness. These are the “just for me” things we can implement in our daily lives to relieve stress, maintain our physical and mental energy levels, and better manage the demands of 21st century living.

Self-care practices include just about anything that allows us to recharge our energy levels – getting enough sleep, eating right, taking time to play and relax, pursuing personal interests and hobbies, and spending time with friends and family.

If lack of time for daily self-care practices is an issue, using good time management principles to balance the daily demands of life is essential.

Unless you make self-care habits a priority in your overall time management plan, opportunities to renew and rebalance your life will continually get crowded out by the demands of 21st century living.

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