If I try and squeeze it all in and hold it all together, it shows. I snap at my family. I miss out on much-needed sleep because my brain buzzes with my to-do list. I miss so many moments because I'm obsessing and worrying about everything I'm not doing. Saying no to opportunities that don't serve me helps. Yoga helps. Meditation helps. Writing helps.
The secret to a less stressful, more fulfilling life isn't just about replicating someone else's habits. It's about creating ones that help rather than hurt you. And while dropping bad habits is a great idea, the reason that's so hard is because it always sounds restrictive and loss-oriented. I have a better way: Replace old habits with more rewarding rituals.