I have been noticing lately that people’s most famous excuse for not taking care of themselves is that they have no time, or it takes to much time to get results. I am here to say, what is the rush? We all have the same 24 hours which could end at any second, for any one of us, correct?
It’s time to do a couple exercises and become more aware of what your day looks like, how you can improve it for the better and stop rushing!
Start today- grab a small notebook or piece of paper and write down everything you do today and the time spent doing it. For example:
- woke up at 7 am
- got the kids up and dressed and fed 7:45 am
- drove the kids to school 8 am
- ate a granola bar and some coffee 8 am
- checked Facebook while in my car waiting in school line 8:30 am
Record as much as you can for a better view of your day! Do not judge, think about what you should or should not be doing, just do what is natural and THEN we will talk 🙂
Now ask yourself these questions.
- How much time do you spend taking care of other people daily?
- How much quality sleep do you get per night?
- How much do you think, plan or prepare what you are eating each day?
- How much time do you spend doing chores around the house?
- How much time do you spend scrolling on your phone, watching TV or working on the computer?
Ok now answer the 5 questions above again but with actual numbers- you have 24 hours in a day. How many hours are you spending on the 5 activities?
Which of those activities above do you think are time wasters? How many are time embracers?
I believe these are the most important time embracing activities you should focus on each day and how to fit them in.
- Sleep– yes, you may need to adjust your schedule, tell your spouse you are going to bed early, use some tools to help calm yourself down and relax at night but it is SO IMPORTANT to get 7-8 hours of REM sleep at night. Improve brain health, prevent disease and improve overall mood and energy levels are all things that will happen when you sleep well.
- Nutrition– for YOU and your family. If you take the time to meal plan each weekend for an hour you will SAVE TIME during the week and be eating healthier choices for everyone.
- Plan Every Week– Always have a plan and then you will not be totally derailed when you need to adjust because of an appointment, missed bus, sick day or extra school project that has to be done NOW. Anticipate what you can and be ready for changes
- Movement- Getting up and moving during your day is very important for your brain and your body. Especially in this day and age when so many of us sit at computers all day long. Add a timer to your day that makes you get up and take a quick walk break every 30 minutes and you will see a huge difference in your mood and energy levels. Once you can fit this in then find 30 minutes every day to really get your heart rate up and you will feel awesome 🙂
- Stillness- Taking the time to be still. Meditation, reading a book, a quiet spot in your home just to sit and have some tea. It is important for you to slow down and take a deep breath especially on those days when you think its not possible.
- Let Go – As we go through life there are so many things that we have control over. There are also things that we do not have control over. Another little exercise, What are some of those things?
- You have control over your thoughts, your food, your choices and your actions
- You have control over your daily schedule and who you are friends with
- You do not have control of other people’s thoughts, choices or actions
- You do not have control of Mother Nature
There is another whole aspect of rushing which is the “fast, easy and cheap” mentality. Some people only look for things that make life easier and the faster they can get things done the better. I am here to say uh STOP! Ever hear the quote ” Great things take time” “Patience is a virtue” “Hard work pays off” I need more people to bring back these actions. Enjoy the process of life, take the time to enjoy it and be proud of the hard work that it takes to make something like you GREAT!