What’s on your mind today?

Sometimes I wake up and don’t even know what’s really on my mind, because all I can see is my to-do list. The ever-present state of “business” is front and center. Again.
It’s a bit of a badge of honor, don’t you think? I know I was raised by two humans who were always doing something to make our family better. Work harder, longer. I definitely inherited their work ethic as entrepreneurs.
It’s a bit of a status symbol in our culture. I’m so busy I don’t have time for such-and-such. We’re so (over) committed. Often other people’s priorities become our own. Sometimes our individual priorities take a back seat. Often our personal health habits get the cut from the daily schedule.
But what if that “always on” state of mind makes you feel burned out? Then what?
What if we keep postponing our personal health and wellness habits? Replenishing our energy?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How will I proactively respond to life’s curve balls if I’m run down and exhausted?
  • Do I feel confident about my ability to stick to my goal-oriented habits?
  • Do I feel guilty about making and taking time for my self-care?
  • Am I overwhelmed by everything I need to do?
This may sound bleak, but guess what? We can overcome this. We can choose again.
I know you can do this because you are ready, willing, and able.
Take one small step – one tiny action – in the right direction. Promote your personal wellness so you can be ready when life needs you.
This little success every day will accumulate. Like compounding interest. It empowers you to keep going! Because you design this little habit, you can align it with your goals. You choose. You are 100% the boss of you.

But how? Or what?

  • Take a 5 minute break every hour at your desk. 
  • Take your vitamins.
  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up.
  • Park at the back of the parking lot, and use the 5 minute walk to recenter yourself before you walk into the house/store/office
  • Take the stairs.
  • Swap one beverage for a glass of water.
  • Steam a bunch of broccoli and store it in single serving containers for the week.
It’s simple, but I’m not going to suggest that this is easy. The hard part is the consistency. The easy part is the simplicity.
There are 168 hours in a week. How do you fill up that time? Have you taken a step back and reviewed that recently?
Grab a cup of tea and write it all down. Block it out. Observe how you life your life today. Get it out of your head and onto paper. How does it make you feel?
Now, how do you WANT to feel? If you could design the perfect week, what would you do? How would you spend your time?
Take a look at what is and compare it to how you want it to be. Cut out what isn’t necessary. Postpone things that can wait. Focus on what needs to happen now.
Fill your own cup first so you can fill others with your overflow.
Make the time.
Take the time.
Take it easy.