These days, we’re busier than ever. Between demanding work schedules, household tasks, family obligations and social commitments, it’s easy for “stressed” and “overwhelmed” to become our default setting.

When your ever-growing task list and ever-shrinking window of time have you feeling like you’re bailing water from a sinking boat, your first impulse might be to bail faster. But, while it may seem counterintuitive, a better way to handle the situation might be to put the bucket down—at least temporarily.

Think of it not as giving up, but as pressing the “pause” button on life—which, according to licensed professional clinical counselor Lisa Bahar, can be a quick way to feel rejuvenated and inspired.


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