What Does Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff Mean?

What Does Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff Mean?

It’s hard not to get overwhelmed—at the expense of your self-care—in this “go, go, go” day and age. Because all of those little things add up, we asked Yvonne Tally, a Pilates teacher and the author of Breaking Up with Busy (New World Library, 2018), to help us bring a little more big- picture balance to our day to day.

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SMALL-TIME STRESSOR

My to-do list is endless.

BUS TIT, BIG TIME

Let go of (some) control. “Delegate by assigning a nonessential task to someone in your office or family,” says Tally. “It’s a great way to build comraderie in the workplace or establish a united goal at home.” Not possible? Outsource it. “Productive people prioritize—and ‘busy’ people say yes to everything.” SM A LL-TIME S TRE S SO R: I can’t fit in a full workout, so why bother?

BUS TIT, BIG TIME

Focus on quality, not quantity. “Fifteen minutes of Pilates is enough to hit each major muscle group at least once and burn 100 calories,” reports Tally. Remember that “mini workouts don’t begin and end with calories and muscles; the benefits include increased focus, decreased feelings of stress and fatigue, and a better overall feeling of wellness.”

SMALL-TIME STRESSOR

The weekend is all about family, and I’m depleted by Monday morning.

BUS TIT, BIG TIME

Get excited for Monday. “On Sunday evening, after the kids are in bed, plan a self-care retreat for Monday,” she advises. Some of Tally’s go-tos: a restorative walk, an extra-long workout or a meditation sesh.

SMALL-TIME STRESSOR

I don’t have time to prepare healthy meals and end up eating snacks on- the-go all day.

BUS T IT, BIG TIME

“Plan three meals that you always enjoy, and have those ingredients on hand at all times. I call these my ‘magic meals’—easy meals that can be made quickly,” says Tally. (Want her magical recipes? Visit pilatesstyle.com for the deets!)

SMALL-TIME STRESSOR

I have a hard time saying no to my clients or boss.

BUS TIT, BIG TIME

Time to draw a line in the sand. “When you practice consistent boundaries and communicate clearly, you establish a working agreement that honors and respects that arrangement,” explains Tally. “Healthy boundaries are not meant to keep others out, but are designed to protect personal space so that each of us can develop, guard and maintain our sense of self. Think of boundaries like handrails on a staircase; everyone feels better when they’re there.

 

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