New Year, new goals, feeling invincible, wanting to erase past hardships, and replace them with better expectations can lead to an overloaded schedule. My calendar confirms the legitimacy of that claim. I am exhausted from reviewing my commitments. There are lingering projects I am determined to place in the finished column. The siren call of exciting adventures begs me to commit and start the journey. Other factors make me pause. There is the day job, family responsibilities, household chores, grocery shopping, exercise routines, and snow shoveling competing for my limited time. I need a nap.
Even with added responsibilities and heightened expectations, I included a few more items to my daily program. I am taking care of myself to keep my energy at optimum levels. The recipe calls for rigorous adherence to getting enough sleep. I wasn’t kidding about the nap. They say the best results are relaxing for 10 to 30 minutes between 2 and 3 pm.
I have committed to observing my water intake, ensuring I am well hydrated. Monitoring alcohol consumption is another priority, as it can contribute to dehydration and feeling tired. I know it is easier said than done since taking care of yourself can seem self-indulgent. I have long maintained how important it is to take care of yourself if you want to operate at optimal levels. You help others best when you are healthy and well-rested. The last thing I am adding is a recommitment to my yoga practice as it helps me remain centered and calm when confronting stress. But first — that nap.
How do you take care of yourself?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer