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As time flies by...

... use these strategies to cope with the ever-increasing pace of life

education Updated: Sep 22, 2010 09:19 IST
Samir Parikh
Samir Parikh
Hindustan Times

Run, run, run. It’s a fast-paced world. Run to get this done, then run to get that done. There are always ten things that need to be taken care of and it seems like time is always flying by. Frequently you wish that there would be extra hours in the day just so you could accomplish all that you need to. And then there are times when the week starts and ends, and it all seems like an illusion. It was 2009 and then suddenly it is 2010 and even that seems to be fast coming to a close. Yet it doesn’t seem that one has achieved much.

It’s a fast paced world. What does one do to bring about a sense of calm in this constantly swirling and spiralling world? There must be something one can do to slow down the pace of things and make sense of it all.

Take a step back
You need to take a step back and look at things from a distance. Evaluate what needs to be done and among that what is really urgent. Evaluate what you are doing and why. Try and think about things. Just being in the thick of things all the time doesn't give an individual sufficient time to be able to take a step back and just take in all that is going on.

So, it is essential that we make a conscious effort to take a step back and understand what is happening and what it all means.

The essential balance
Life is about being able to strike a balance. Though one wants to do many things and needs to take care of diverse responsibilities, it is very important to strike a balance. Though one is supposed to work, it is also important to be able to take a break and relax. It is this ability to be able to disengage and disconnect from work that is essential to ensuring that one is able to deal with the stresses of life and remain calm.

Take a break
Taking a break is important. It is essential that you learn to take out time for yourself. This needs to be time that you spend doing things that you enjoy.

It is also important that you spend time with family and friends, which is a good break for the mind and the body. It is by engaging yourself in diverse activities and spending time doing things that you enjoy that you have the opportunity to disengage and cope with stress.

Nothing happens overnight
Remember that everything happens has its gestation period. That is an unchanging fact of life. Thus, getting restless and hyper only causes distress.

Instead, it is important that people take things slowly, at their own pace. This would be especially beneficial in making sure that one is able to keep pace with what is happening.

The author is a psychiatrist, and chief, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Max Healthcare

First Published: Sep 21, 2010 12:27 IST