Single-Tasking

The ability to multitask is something most of us claim to have and rely heavily on. Multitasking has become associated with efficiency and intelligence, however, very few of us are actually “good” at it. When carrying out multiple tasks, rather than focusing simultaneously on everything, our brain toggles our focus back and forth between each task. This constant shifting of focus ends up leaving us overwhelmed and drained, reducing our productivity, and stressing us out.

Single-tasking, or focusing on one task at a time, is a smarter (more efficient) way of being productive. By maintaining complete focus on one task, you eliminate the time it takes for your brain to shift focus, meaning you’ll get things done quicker. Not only does it save you time but dedicating 100% of your focus to each task will increase your performance and reduce your stress.

Our body reflects our mind, meaning if we’re overwhelmed and stressed by our thoughts, our bodies will develop the same stress and tension. Not only does single-tasking ease your mind and make you more productive, but it also prevents your tasks and responsibilities from affecting your well-being.

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To make tackling your to-do list more productive and manageable, practice these single-tasking strategies:

  • Start small. Giving yourself 3 easy tasks is a great way to get yourself feeling accomplished and motivated to do more. Take pride in each task you complete and gradually work your way up to completing more.

  • Break down larger tasks. This makes larger, stressful tasks seem more realistic by creating a clear step-by-step plan. This is also a great way to prevent procrastination.

  • Schedule time for each task. Work in bursts and take a break in between each task. Rotating the tasks you work on is a great way to tackle multiple things in one day, while still dedicating yourself to one task at a time.

  • Be patient and realistic. Forming a new habit isn’t easy, and it takes time and consistency. Take it day by day and strive for progress, not perfection.

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Single-tasking may seem simpler than multi-tasking, however, it requires practice and training since multi-tasking has become habitual. Although the process of changing our habits can be discouraging, the benefits you’ll receive in the end far outweigh the challenge. If at any point you find yourself needing encouragement, we recommend scheduling time with us at Serenity, where we’ll handle the physical stress so that you can focus on your mental stress.

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Knots and How To Manage Them

We all have experienced the discomfort of having knots throughout our body, but what are they actually and how do we get rid of them?

Our bodies are comprised of hundreds of muscles, overlapping one another, and are prone to becoming hard and painful due to:

  • A sedentary lifestyle

  • Injury or overuse

  • Poor posture

Our muscles are constantly contracting whether we’re moving and even just sitting! Knots form when the muscles contract, tighten, and do not release on their own. This is what causes discomfort, sensitivity, and even pain.

Body massages increase circulation and improve blood flow, which makes massage therapy extremely effective at releasing tense muscles and relieving the pain. During your body massage, the therapist will manipulate and apply pressure to the muscles, encouraging them to release. Massages also cause our soothing hormones, known as endorphins, to release and reduce anxiety and stress.  

Although foot reflexology does not directly manipulate tight muscles, massaging the dozens of pressure points on the feet can result in a state of total body relaxation. This can help relax the muscles and bring ease to the discomfort, while also reducing stress.

Releasing stubborn knots can take multiple massage sessions. There are, however, a couple things you can do at home to treat your muscle tightness and prevent more from developing!

  • Stretch routinely. Stretching the locked muscle can help release the tension and prevent future knots from developing by increasing your flexibility.

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise improves mobility and increases blood supply to the muscles.

  • Rest as needed. Taking a break from activities that are causing the knots or increasing your pain can prevent them from becoming worse.

Stubborn knots are the inevitable product of our busy lifestyles. Knowing what causes them and how to treat them can improve your ability to perform and prevent unnecessary stress. For more information on how our services can help with your muscle tension, go to: https://serenityzen.com/service-overview/

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