Life is like a train that you just can’t find the brakes for. It’s always going so fast, and there seems to be no stopping it. I live on this train. I’m betting you do too. Nothing is ever fully finished because you don’t have the time, and you must move on to the next thing. My daily to do list rolls over to the next day, and by the weekend I have no time to rest, and a long list of things to get done.
The most likely things to get ignored on my list are the things I do for me. Working out, knitting, reading those are the most common ones to not get done. But they are also important. Taking care of myself is one of my three goals for this year, and these things are a big part of that. So what is the solution? Do these things first? Maybe.
Things have to go in an order to fit in everything I need to do for myself. Taking care of myself these last few months has been important. It’s been a hard couple of years, and my body, mind, and emotional health have all suffered for it. I have four jobs, and two kids, homeschooling, and a hellva lot of appointments and sporting events to divide my attention. But, if I don’t take care of myself then everything else suffers.
For most of my life, taking care of myself was an afterthought. My body suffered for it. I gained weight, my hormones became even more out of balance than they already were. I was exhausted all of the time. My body hurt, and I couldn’t focus. Like many of us, I was a mess, and didn’t know how to make it stop. I tried different diets, working out to some intense stuff, sleeping more, sleeping less, and lots of pills.
Today I still try to work out. I still have hormone imbalances. I still take a lot of pills. But, the one thing I have tried to change is how I do my life. I don’t let myself get pulled into other peoples drama as much. I try hard to get my workouts in, and some weeks are better than others, but I try. I fuel my body with better foods most of the time. I attempt to take time outs when I can. I say no to people a whole lot more.
I also try to use my time wisely. It is rare that I am just sitting and doing nothing. I take my work with me. I use the moments in line, the moments waiting on other people, and sometimes I use the the time I spend sitting at events too. If I am working in the fringes of my time then more gets done, and I can either rest or move onto something else when I get home.
I use planners to keep my crazy life going in the productive direction. I use my phone to work on line when I can’t use my laptop. I use my time at events to walk, and work, and love on my kids. I use my time at appointments to catch up on something I am falling behind on.
Life is a series of choices. We all make them. Will I sleep or work? Will I work out or go shopping? Will I sit idle or take work with me? Everything we do is a choice. And every choice we make leads to bettering our life or living in a ball of stress that things never get done.
Looking at life a choices can help change your perspective on everything that you do. Replacing the words “I have to” or “I need to” with “I am choosing this because….” can make all the difference in the world to your life being full and less stressed.
I choose to eat healthy instead of this brownie because I will feel better, and maintain my weight better if I do.
I choose to work instead of watching reruns of this show because it will give me a sense of purpose, and add value to my life.
I choose to workout because it will help my body stay in a healthy place which will make my whole life easier.
Choosing your life is so much better than feeling obligated, or out of control. You can control what you do with your life. You get to choose. What are you choosing for yourself today?