Decreasing Overload in an Imbalanced Society

As an Ayurvedic Practitioner, I help you live in a healthier, balanced way. And this means identifying factors which are creating imbalance. From a larger societal pattern, one of the main factors of both imbalance and stress is the fast-paced, on-the-go, busy lives you lead.

In today’s complex world, you are likely juggling work, family, and home life. All these tasks can lead to stress and eventual overload. And since stress is a major contributing factor to 80% of all disease – learning how to decrease overload is good not only for your mental health but also your physical health.

The first step in decreasing overload is to figure out what is causing it and this starts by looking at how you are spending your time.

To start, log your time in relation to various activities for a week. Simply note what you are doing with your time according to various categories which define your activities. I recommend that you make a chart like the one below then track the time in hours –charting 1⁄2, 3⁄4, and full hour increments.

If you are a working person and want to get more detailed on both fronts, you could do two separate tables – one for business and one for household with different tasks broken down.

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
Business
Networking
Household
Kids
Errands/Apt
Self Care
Spouse Connection
Relaxation
Friends

Once you have your time/activity information, the next step is looking at what you can and want to let go of.

This list is typically going to have three categories:

  1. Tasks you need to do that you either personally want to or have to do
  2. Tasks that need to get done but you don’t want to do them and would rather pass them off to someone else
  3. Tasks you find are not needed and which you want to get rid of.

There might be tasks that are you consider unnecessary from a logical perspective but you want because they bring you joy, satisfaction or fulfillment in some way – I consider these necessary therefore they won’t fit into category #3.

Typically category three is fairly small – if you didn’t want it and it was needed it usually doesn’t show up. So it is category two that is going to be the real treasure trove. As you put items in this category, do not worry about how they will get done – neither from a logistical or financial sense. Just make a note of them.

©2011, Jamie Durner, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner & Wellness Educator at Ayurveda Wellness in Pewaukee, WI