There is a limit to your time and energy. If that’s a surprising statement to you, you’re likely doing more than you should. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be Superman, especially not at this time of year. The holidays are a great time to put down your foot and decide that you cannot and will not do it all. For many of you, you’ll first have to accept the “cannot” part.
Once you’ve moved into acceptance, read my tips below to help you wean off the superhero mindset and make your life more manageable and fulfilling.
Make Your Health a Priority
It’s essential that you put your health first. Without it, you won’t be able to accomplish all you want to do. Make it a priority to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and lean protein, exercise regularly, sleep at least eight hours a night, manage your stress levels and schedule downtime. When you’re physically and mentally well, you’re ready to face your to-do list.
Manage Your Schedule
Have you met people whose schedules seem to run their lives instead of them managing their schedule? These are the people who suddenly remember at the last minute they have to be somewhere or who are perpetually late, because they don’t have a handle on their lives. You can do better!
If you don’t already, use a planner or an online calendar. Schedule EVERYTHING — from grocery shopping to date nights and workouts to haircuts. Each Sunday, sit down with your calendar and look at your week ahead. Set reminders on your phone for important appointments and events, so you aren’t surprised or late. Make sure you haven’t double booked yourself, and be certain all of your engagements are reasonable and manageable.
If you look at your agenda and realize there’s so much more than you can manage, it’s time to do some whittling down. Consider your strengths and weaknesses, your favorite and least-favorite tasks, and your energy levels. Do you need to reschedule some items for another week or cut them out altogether? Are there things you can delegate to make time for others? (Perhaps your significant other could go grocery shopping this week so you can attend a yoga class. Or maybe your children can handle some household chores so you can run extra holiday errands.) You can make these changes in your life!
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Hear these words: You are not meant to do it all. It’s OK to cancel things, to let things go and to ask for help. It’s alright if you have take-out every now and then instead of cooking from scratch. Don’t worry if your toddler didn’t get all of his servings of fruits and veggies today. And if you didn’t walk Fido this morning, I bet he will forgive you and accept a walk tomorrow. Some days are harder than others. It’s important to find a balance and give yourself a break. You’re doing great.
Reflect on Your Accomplishments
Speaking of doing great, take time to reflect on that. You accomplish many things — in fact many more things than you don’t get done, I’d venture to guess. Sometimes, you need to pause and focus on what you’ve accomplished, not that endless to-do list.
The next time you feel overwhelmed, remind yourself that no one can do it all, and that includes you! Put some of these strategies into play in your life. For more ideas and to start living a life of whole-heart wellness, contact me today.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Board Certified Meditation Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.