“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.”-Marianne Williamson
“I don’t wanna”, is the phrase my inner three-year old whines every morning when it’s time to get up. I know that I could technically sleep a little bit longer, but if I do, I wont be able to prepare for everything properly and I will feel rushed the entire day. It sounds like even Julia Roberts has to make an effort to do what she knows will make her feel better. Why is it that some of the most beneficial things for us are also the things we avoid the most? Is it the whole “no pain, no gain thing”? It is often difficult to motivate myself to include tasks that ultimately end up making me feel better.
I don’t want to limit piece just one subject but as an example, that quote by Bill Phillips is so true “Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent yet underutilized anti-depressant.” The majority of us never force ourselves to get up and get some sort of physical activity in. There are so many other beneficial things we could make a priority to fit into our daily lives. A few of my “I don’t wannas” include some of the simplest tasks like washing my make-up off at night or even flossing and brushing my teeth. I’d rather just take my clothes off and jump straight into bed instead of spending ten minutes to clean up. Aside from that, personal journaling and writing for this blog provide me with great satisfaction. I find that I am constantly reminding myself of the benefits and personal satisfaction I feel after writing. I opened my journal the other day and it had been over a month since I had written anything down. Last Friday was the first time I had written for the blog in over a month as well. I had to take some serious time to reflect and find ways to get my priorties straight and that included time for writing. My last post’s subject matter was about creating a sense of balance and making time for the important things in your life. I shared that advice because it is a lesson I just had to re-learn.
This is not to say that I am not aware of the incredible amount of expectations that are placed on us every day. As a mom, I place a lot of heavy expectations on myself and am required to wear a lot of different hats. When I sit down and think about how much is actually on my plate, I feel pretty anxious. I know I am capable of making everything happen, but IT IS A LOT. This is where compassion for yourself should come in. There are definitely times where you need time to just relax and recharge, but that’s not what i’m talking about here. What do you need shift in your own life in order to prioritize those things that are good for you? What will ultimately make your life better or easier? For myself, it’s making the kid’s lunches the night before, working out early in the morning, time blocking properly, and yes, brushing my teeth before I go to bed at night. We all have those things lingering in the back of your head, those things you know need to be done, it’s just a matter of motivating yourself. Make time for them. Take a look at my last post if you have time and see if that gives you a few ideas. I sure hope this inspires you to take charge of your days and make the most out of each one moving forward.