Addicted To Work? Here’s How To Not Miss Your Life

Gosh, when today’s question came in — it was something I could really relate to.

It’s about wrestling with your deep desire to create and produce, contribute your unique gifts to the world (i.e. WORK!) and honor the small voice in your heart that that whispers, “Don’t be such a workaholic that you miss out on what truly matters. Life is short.”

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. ~ Annie Dillard Click To Tweet

It’s a topic I revisit often, in my thoughts and conversations. While I don’t claim to have it all figured out…

There are 4 distinct, very doable practices that can help you honor your drive to produce and help you stay out of unhealthy work addiction so you don’t end-up ripping through life, left with only a pile of regrets at the end of your days.  

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Decision Detox: How Making Less Choices Gives You More Freedom

Have you ever walked into a restaurant with a ginormous menu and felt frozen in indecision, like “Aaahg! Too many choices…I have no idea what to get. Don’t want to pick the wrong thing!”

Or been given carte blanche by your significant other, “I’ll take you wherever you want to go. We can go wherever you want — anywhere at all! Just name it,” as you flail around in your head and fail to come up with a good answer.

Or, how about looking at your mile-long to do list and getting totally overwhelmed by all the different things you could work on right now, only to waste hours trying to figure it out.

Limited choices in your day can lead to limitless freedom in your life. Click To Tweet

Welcome to the strange and often anxiety inducing, energy-draining land of limitless choice!

In today’s episode, you’ll learn about the power of a decision detox and how to give yourself an immediate boost in clarity, creativity and overall energy.

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Meditation: Marie’s Personal Practice

A reader named Sei asked if I could walk her through one of my most important daily habits. Specifically, how I meditate.

My first thought: “There’s soooo much info on meditation out there already…do I really need to add to the pile?”

There are 1440 minutes in a day. They’ll all go better if you take 10 of them to meditate. Click To Tweet

Second thought: “Yeah, I do. Because I haven’t fully covered my personal practice yet. And when you’re earnestly trying to learn something new, specific steps from someone you trust are vital.”

While I’ve mentioned the power of meditation many times, if you’ve been curious to know exactly how I do it, today’s episode breaks it down.

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How To Keep Stress From Shriveling Your Brain Into A Raisin

We all get stressed out from time to time, right? (My hand is raised.)

But did you know stress can actually shrivel your brain like a California raisin? No joke. Research shows that chronic stress triggers long-term changes in brain structure and function, and not in a good way.

Stress comes from resisting what is. If you want less stress, make isness your business. Click To Tweet

Specifically, making you more prone to anxiety and depression while making it harder for you to focus, learn and remember new things. Serious stuff.

If you’re like me and want your brain to stay plump and healthy, today’s MarieTV is a must watch. Because let’s face it, stress happens. That part is largely out of our control.

But what we can control is how we respond.

That’s why it’s vital to have a simple toolkit to not only get out of stress mode more quickly, but also save our brains from unnecessary and dangerous shrinkage.

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The Crazy Simple Stress-Busting Tool You’re Not Using (Yet)

Ever have one of those days where it seems like things just keep going wrong?

Sure, you’re still breathing. But beyond that, it’s a sh*t show. Problems start stacking up like hotcakes. No matter which way you turn, things seem to get worse.

Writing it down kicks stress outta town. Click To Tweet

I had one of those days earlier this year, and it was not cute. In fact, I got so heated on the phone that my ever-so-insightful-and-supportive man Josh came into the room to make sure everything was O.K. (Hey – I’m Italian and from NJ. I can be, shall we say, very expressive at times!)

Turns out, that highly-annoying afternoon gave birth to a highly-effective strategy to deal with stress. Best part? I’m still using this tool, over 6 months later, and it works like a charm.

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