Well, I'm adding something to my own list. Meditation.
I think everyone needs to create their own mental space. It might seem like one more thing to do, but meditation allows me to cope with the items on my list even better than doing the items would.
I love how this article reminds me that my to-do list will never be done, anyway. If I'm never going to finish my tasks, why not take some time to prioritize them? Why not check in with my brain and my emotions and my body to see how I'm handling my life?
While I like to tell myself that I'm busy and can't possibly make room for relaxation, that isn't quite true. If I don't make time to get away from all the tasks of daily life, I'll find another way to escape it, and it's usually not the most productive release. How many times have I told myself I'll just send that important email and then found myself still in front of the computer an hour or two later?
Stress is inevitable. While I think it's a good idea to take a critical look at my workload to see if everything I'm doing is worthwhile, sometimes I don't have the ability to change the circumstances that are worrying me.
But I do have the ability to help myself handle it better, just by stepping away from my work or my family for a while and getting to know myself a little better.