This summer, I’ve been in a bit of a rut. There have been some extremely challenging situations at work and I hate to admit it, but those things can make me shut own. It’s all I can think about and I will put the rest of my life on hold until it’s resolved when investing in myself would be the healthier response.
But for some reason, this often feels like the hardest thing to do. We seem to be so willing to run ourselves ragged making sure we have the gifts for special occasions, have made plans with friends and family, keep clean homes and so much more. Yet so many of is are reluctant to spend time and effort making ourselves happy.
To be happy is to be healthy. And we can’t be healthy if we’re not taking care of ourselves mentally and physically.
I’m working harder to invest in doing little things that I have either put on the back burner or just allowed myself to get lazy about. I know that when I stick to doing these things, I’ve lived a fuller day. I’ve put the effort in. I’ve accomplished something. I’ve dedicated time and effort toward being a whole person.
- Read. At least a half hour every day. Working your way through a book and finishing is extremely satisfying. Stories also take us outside of our little bubbles remind us there is a great, big world out there.
- Renew a passion or hobby. I’m obsessed with horses, always have been. I started riding lessons again recently and nothing has lifted my spirits more. Yes, it’s on the costly side, but I would rather make financial sacrifices elsewhere to do something that makes me so happy.
- Perfect new recipes. I cook for myself every day but I’ve gotten out of the habit of trying new recipes and learning about basic food preparation. Nothing makes me feel more engaged and accomplished than being able to roast the perfect chicken by heart.
- Long term financial planning. Monthly budgets are great, but getting a handle on overall finances and creating long term plans truly puts you in control of your future. I’m currently working on a student loan elimination plan, plotting it all out so I can see what needs to be done and when.
- Morning workouts. I typically head to the gym after work. But many days my schedule gets derailed with an unexpected crisis or I’m too drained to make the trip. Two morning workouts a week is an attainable goal. If I can fit two more in on the weekend, I’m good to go.
- Put the phone away. This is something I struggle with, but it’s getting better. I use my phone as my alarm clock, but put it in the drawer of my nightstand so I don’t stare at it before bed. We all need a break from screens before we try to fall asleep!