- I scheduled specific days and times on my calendar to accomplish all of my “work”. Sundays are now official “non-work” days except for an online meeting I have once or twice a month. In 2012, they often ended up being non work days because I kept putting the work off, but all day I felt anxiety about not doing anything. Mentally taking the day off feels like it gives me so much more time during the day to enjoy things I want to do.
- Rather than planning a whole afternoon to clean the house and then finding I am too tired, I am doing one or two small things a day. (The house is actually staying cleaner.)
- On Tuesday and Thursday, I am either driving or teaching a class for 12-13 hours of the day. I have a short 1.5 hour break between daytime teaching and night teaching. In 2012, I rushed home to make dinner and eat which usually resulted in crappy meals and eating on the run. This year, I am preparing a meal the evening before and throwing it in the slow cooker before heading to work in the morning. Last night my husband asked, “You don’t have to work tonight?” I think he was surprised that I was casually sitting at the table eating with everyone else rather than rushing around before heading out.
- I bought some Eucalyptus Epsom salt and have been treating myself to a hot bath when I get home.
- I have made daily meditation a priority. Each day of meditation seems to calm my mind more and more throughout the day. If I plan my morning right, I can find 15 minutes to do this one thing for myself.
- Rest. On Tuesday, I felt some rheumatoid arthritis pain and fatigue. I chose to spend thirty of my 1.5 hours at home napping. On Wednesday, I played hooky from half of my private tutoring students and laid in bed watching a movie. I have decided I am going to do more of this when my body begs for it.
- Making daily goals that are small. My sister and I text each other every morning sharing one small goal that we want to work on. Sometimes we adopt the other’s goal and other days they are completely different. Having her support and encouragement, as well as having someone to be accountable to, has really changed my perspective during the day.
- Laugh. I am really trying to make this more a part of my life. I like laughing and I know how great I feel when I do it, but I often let stress and schedules take over. Laughter is often what connects my family and in turn gives my day a powerful boost.
Most importantly, I have made a truce with my fat. Rather than using negative energy being angry at it for what is missing in my life, I have decided to embrace it and thank it for being a reminder that something is out of balance in my life. I have no doubts that as I find the missing pieces, the weight will no longer be needed and will melt away. For now, it feels good to take the focus away from something negative and instead put it into nourishing myself.