Mindfulness in the Age of Hustle

It’s the American Dream, right? Work hard and create your own destiny. In the millennial era, ambition is king and the possibility for achievement is limited only by your imagination—and your willingness to hustle.

But what happens when the exhaustion catches up to you and forces you to come to terms with the fact that you aren’t a superhero? The number of article results from the Google search “hustle burnout” is telling—this is a common problem. And it makes sense: the cost of living is high, day jobs aren’t fulfilling, peer pressure is real. To an extent, the hustle is unavoidable.

But burnout isn’t. Here are some ways you can build rest into your day—it’ll take some intentional practice to develop these habits, but you’re a go-getter and you can definitely handle it!

Take time to breathe.

Yoga and meditation both have long lists of benefits, but if you don’t have THAT much time, just stopping to take some deep breaths will relieve stress and improve digestion. Try inhaling for 5 seconds, holding for 5 seconds, and exhaling for 7 seconds—then repeat 9 more times. Bet you feel lighter already!

Prioritize sleep, nutrition, and exercise.

You don’t have TIME to work out! We hear you. But there are ways to squeeze it in, and the benefits make it more than worthwhile. A 15-minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout can burn more calories than jogging on a treadmill for an hour, and you’ll gain energy, stamina, mental fortitude, and strength. Add in good nutrition and an adequate amount of sleep and you’ll be unstoppable!

Do less.

The quality of your work suffers when you’re trying to do too much at once. Multi-tasking is a great practice in theory, but in reality it doesn’t work: our brains can’t concentrate on more than one task at a time, and switching between two or more actually costs time and effort as it disengages from one task and focuses on another. Learn to say no before you’re stretched too thin so that you can give the projects you do take on your full attention.

Practice self-care.

You want people to value your work, right? Well, it’s like putting your own oxygen mask on first before you try to help other people. You have to value yourself first. Self-care not only offers you the chance to appreciate your body and what it’s capable of, it also gives you confidence in your appearance. When you feel good, you can tap into more of your potential.

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You might not have the option of opting out of the grind, but you can be smart about it. The body and mind you have are the only ones you get, so take care of them!