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5 Things I Do Everyday
In this season of my life (started last year 2017) I started feeling disorganized, rushed, restless and lazy. Yes, you read that right LAZY!
Let me share with you a little of my back story. I’ll make it short, I promise.
I’ve worked on and off since I was 14 years old, not because I had to but because I wanted to, I’ve always worked in either retail or office settings.
For most of my working time I worked in all capacities of human resources. Towards the end of my working time I worked for a staffing company. I was used to working 50 plus hour weeks and still bringing work home during the week and weekends.
I had stopped working in late 2013 ( I was in my mid 40’s). In early 2016 my military husband decided to retire! Cue the violins here.
Although I’d stopped working that didn’t mean I’d stopped being active in my community, plus not working also gave me more time with my mother and also the flexibility to take her to her Dr. appointments.
And Then Retirement
All was well until my husband retired. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge him his retirement. Well… Maybe I did for awhile. Please don’t judge me, just being honest.
And my life just kinda got tipped on its axles. I had a schedule down for cleaning, errands, volunteering, and other things going on with my social life.
Once my husband was home all day, he wanted me to spend time with him. Watching TV! Of all things, TV, I barely got thru the first hour of GMA and he wanted me to sit and spend time with him watching TV. Oh good grief.
But, seeing as that’s what he wanted, I obliged for a couple of weeks. Yes, you read it right. Weeks!
I would still manage to do light cleaning, most of my dishes, laundry (was neverending) and take my mom to her Dr. appointments. Although, truth be told even my daily visits with her suffered due to spending time with my husband.
The Shoe Finally Dropped
And then IT happened. I started sleeping in, letting the laundry go for days on end, visiting my mom 2 or 3 times a week and no longer on weekends. Mind you, my mother lives right next door to us. My regular housekeeping was now a hit or miss, and I was starting to feel lethargic, disorganized, and stressed.
My To Do list was about 3-4 pages long now and I was cutting back on my volunteering.
This went on for the remainder of 2016. I knew I needed to do something I just couldn’t quite figure out what. Even my mother and sister started noticing my funk.
Finally A Light At The End Of The Tunnel
I came across Cathy Taughinbaugh and her article helped me craft a plan that worked for me.
It took awhile to get their ideas down as habits and even longer to get my husband onboard. I needed to explain how this was beneficial to not only me as an individual but to us as a couple.
I also need to show him how this disorganized life that I had been living was not only affecting me, us and our household. It took awhile for him to see the benefits of what I was proposing but eventually over time he came to not only see the benefits and come to embrace them but also to start practicing some of my 5 things (habits) I’d started doing.
The 5 Things I Do EVERY Day!
Laugh and Laugh OFTEN
– I can’t even begin to tell you how powerful and absolutely necessary this is to your daily life. You may wonder, what’s there to laugh about? If there is nothing in your daily life that happens that causes you to laugh then look at a 1-2 minute You Tube video of something funny and have yourself a good laugh!
- Practice Gratitude -Both with yourself and others – Be grateful for this life you’re living, the challenges you’re encountering ( someday you’ll be glad for those challenges), the people you meet, the work you’re doing, your family, friends, neighbors, etc. When practicing gratitude towards others, a simple Thank You to the cashier who rang you up at the grocery store, a smile and direct eye contact with the person behind you in the bank line, a wave to the kiddos as they’re walking by your house.
Take time for yourself
– Even if it’s just 5-10 minutes- You know if you’re at a season in your life where you have little people depending on you then once you put them to bed take 5 – 10 minutes for yourself and yourself ONLY! It may not seem like a lot of time to do anything for yourself but it’s important if for no other reason than to just sit quietly and relax, unclutter your mind and breath.
Keep a running To Do list
– Keeping a running To Do list doesn’t mean you’re going to do everything on your list, it’s just a list that will eventually help you decide and prioritize “What” you need to do. My lists have consisted of learning a new language ( hasn’t happened yet), getting good at yoga ( also hadn’t happened yet- I practice very beginners / basic yoga ), making crafts to gift at Christmas time ( also hasn’t happened yet), online classes I want to take ( been doing those since the beginning of 2018).
– Although I do yoga ( irregularly) I hadn’t started an exercise routine, I’d occasionally walk on the treadmill, maybe jog around my backyard ( I live on an acre of land, so there’s a lot of space to jog and/or run if I’m so inclined. I’m NOT). Once I started a regular exercise routine let me tell you THAT was my game changer. I started feeling more energized, my head cleared up, my body stopped hurting and aching, and I had more stamina! My exercise routine is the only thing I don’t do 7 days a week, but I do try to do sedentary exercises such as lunges while brushing my teeth, during commercials or reading emails. Squats while doing dishes, during commercials or while listening to a podcast. There are many ways to incorporate exercise daily into your day and they don’t all have to make you sweat buckets or leave you with a sore body. Of course strenuous exercise is still highly recommended, but do what you can when you can.
Another blog I like to read is Tiny Buddha
What do you do daily? Let me know in the comments.