So, how are those New Year Resolutions working out for you now that we are half way through the year? Heck, forget about those. What about just accomplishing last week’s list? Every day it seems I am racing to catch up to get things done, and my quality of life has been suffering. I’m ready for a life reset.
I don’t know about you, but my first five months of the year has been nuts. So busy with my social media work, school board work, church work, family. Maybe that is why I can hardly believe it is June already!!! It seems the older I get, the faster time flies with no relief in sight. Can you relate?
All this “busy-ness” has led me to decide that a life reset is in order. Step back, take a look at what my priorities have been, and readjust to what I had hoped to be accomplishing. I loved how June 1st fell on a Sunday. Having the first day of a new month fall on the first day of a new week was just the incentive I needed to reevaluate where I am going and make some course corrections to reset my mindset, and therefore my actions. What life resets do I need the most right now?
Life Reset #1: Eating. I know what I should be eating. That is not the problem. It is what I have put in my mouth that has caused the problem. A few more pounds has meant a few more rolls that are harder to conceal and clothes that have gotten uncomfortable. How to life reset? Get back to the basics. Treat eating as fuel for my body and not as a form of recreation. Eat more fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds; drink more water; more protein, less carbohydrates, and eat only those items that insure proven health benefits. That means I’m going to pay attention more and avoid as much as possible white flour, white sugars, white rice. Instead, I am going to opt for whole grain flours, natural sugars (Stevia or Agave), and brown rice. I can do this. Life Reset #2: Sleeping. I know my sleep requirements have changed since I have gotten older. Long gone are the days of eight to nine hours sleep, where I used to be early to rise, early to bed. I seem to do just fine now on 7 hours of sleep. that is not the problem. the problem has become when I get those seven hours. I’ve slacked off to going to bed very late; midnight or later kind of late. The consequence: tired and difficult to motivate mid-day. Grouchy too. How to life reset? Still get up early (I prefer 6:30 ish) but have lights off no later than 11:00 p.m. Regular bedtime, regular sleep, regular energy throughout the day.
Life Reset #3: Balance. All work and no play makes me boring — and a complainer. Trying to get everything done, I’ve neglected inspiration and down time until I am too tired to care or act. How to life reset? Begin the day with a regular devotional before I “hit it.” Spend 15 minutes reading something inspirational (scriptures, motivational reading) and ponder on it for two or three minutes more. When I have done this in the past, I’ve found my days to be more productive and my attitude much more hopeful. Time well spent.
Life Reset #4: Relationships. When I am all caught up with my “stuff,” I neglect those that are important to me. Especially my husband. He is very understanding, but not spending regular quality time together does take a toll. We’ve become accustomed to taking each other for granted and taking advantage of each other. That gets old and stale. And what about neglecting friends? Missing out on companionship takes away interesting dimensions in my life. Not good. How to life reset? Make time for conversations, dates, writing notes, remembering. Put my day on auto-pilot for a bit so that I can make their day.Life Reset #5: Gratitude. All this busyness and I forget how blessed I am to have the capacity to be busy, that I am involved in worthwhile activities, and that I am surrounded by amazing people. How to life reset: Smile more, take deep breaths, look up and outward, and say thank you more. I appreciate being able to recognize that I need to regroup and reset. I enjoy the challenge of improving for the better. And I especially like it when I am successful. It’s already June 2nd and so far I am one hundred percent in making these course corrections. All it takes is a little self-talk and a lot of perseverance. Here’s to making my life resets matter. What kind of life resets are in order for you?