…And here we are at December. Can you believe it?
I’ve really been enjoying creating this Wellness Intention series and I hope it’s been helpful and inspiring for you as well. Last week I decided to ease a little holiday stress by not sweating the small stuff. I was especially interested in making peace with imperfection and trying to find a balance between being productive and relaxed.
Here’s what I learned:
- I need to be more realistic with my expectations. Starting my day with a to-do list of over 15 items (including an 8+ hour work day) is just silly. It’s not possible to get a million things done in a day and instead of making me feel more productive and empowered, it makes me feel defeated right from the start. Instead, I focused on doing 1 – 2 big things each day. By the end of the week, I was pleasantly surprised at how much had gotten done over the course of a few days and with a lot less stress!
- Do one thing at a time. I think monotasking is one of the most important things we can do for our sanity and productivity. Even though our culture preaches the importance of “multitasking,” I find that trying to focus on too many projects at once only makes me feel more scattered and stressed. By paring down my to-do list this week, I was also able to put all of my energy into being present in whatever task was at-hand. As a result, I actually got more done!
- The journey has to feel the way you want the destination to feel. One of my favorite reminders to myself in times of stress and busy-ness is that time is time - we all have the same amount of time in a day and the most important thing that we can do is use that time well. This means delaying projects that aren’t important, making relaxation a priority, and choosing to be joyful. One of my highlights from the week was being stuck in traffic during a long drive because it gave me the chance to practice this. There are many times in life when there isn’t anything we can do to control external circumstances and life can feel a little hard and stressful. I like to think in those moments it’s best to just turn up the music and dance in your car… or, you know, whatever might be helpful in the moment.
For this week’s Weekly Wellness Intention I thought it was time we get back to talking about food. I’m currently in the midst of preparing for an amazing vacation (I’ll share more details soon!) and my goal for the week is to be intentional around food and explore the balance between eating healthfully and eating for pleasure. Since we’re in the middle of holiday season, I figured we might be able to tackle this one together.