What Have You Stopped Doing?

Fotolia_60961496_Subscription_Monthly_MLife has its challenges. Whether it’s illness, relationships, financial stress, a job or family… we all have to deal with something or many things and they distract us from what we truly want to do.

Life gets in the way… but that is life.

Over the last year I’ve dealt with my share of issues. With each one I needed… or allowed those issues to take priority in my life. Jack’s illness, my elderly mother’s needs, moving, trying to build this business… they have all come first. Somethings have to come first. Being a caregiver for my family, yes… that is a priority.  Writing a guidebook for other caregivers… ok that could have waited for a while.  (You can download Second By Necessity here.)

Not everything though needs to be a priority.  Do you fill your plate up and then to try to do it all to prove your value (real or perceived?)  Perhaps you’re really just avoiding working on yourself. You don’t need to get in shape or find a better job.   Do you run yourself ragged until you are  burned out?  Is your energy is zapped and do you resent your responsibilities? Do you feel like you’re on a downward spiral but can’t or don’t know how to deal with it?

If you’ve taken yourself to the limit, stopped doing what you enjoy and know it has to end… then it’s time to end it.   Ok… that doesn’t mean you can walk away from those responsibilities (Family, work, health)… but you can allow yourself the time to meet your own needs.  And all it takes is one Simple Step 😉

  • Schedule 5 minutes every morning and evening for “you” time.  You know you can come up with 5 minutes.  Turn off the TV and shut down the computer.  Breathe.  Yes, just breathe.  Spend 5 minutes focusing on your breath and feeling the energy flowing to and from you.  These simple few moments will relax you and clear your mind.
  • Now that you realize you can find 5 minutes twice a day you’ll be able to see your way to make it 10 minutes.  In 10 minutes you can walk to the mailbox and back, take a loop around the park or sit out in the fresh air and just “be.”

While you’re taking these few minutes to yourself think about what you haven’t done for a while that you enjoy doing?  How many minutes would you need to engage in that activity.  Sixty minutes to read a book?  An hour to photograph the flowers in the park? Two hours to see a movie? A day to indulge yourself at a spa?  A weekend at the beach?  When you allow your mind to find peace for just those few minutes a day you’ll clear your mind to find a way to enjoy your life again.

Make yourself your priority and your own spirits will soar.  And when you have to go back to those other priorities you’ll do so with an open heart and renewed energy.

With love, Cheryl

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