And maybe they even stutter as they try to tell you how or what they’ve been up to (they may even seem amazed themselves) but without a doubt, they’ve been sooooo busy.
It makes me think: What keeps us sooooo busy?
Yes, we have jobs and families, projects and activities – but why does it seem like so much, all the time?
You probably know the answer: “Too much I have to do... Even more that I WANT to do!”
I think our minds can spend a lot of time in the latter while we are trying to do the former… thus that feeling of being scattered and maybe an unhappy, unsatisfied feeling too.
Not that long ago, it was standard practice to have a day off every week for physical and spiritual rest(oration). And, for most people, work days had their boundaries too – ending at a specific time, and not overflowing too often into the rest of their life via cell, text, email, etc.
But those days are gone.
So HOW DO WE TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES when life is so busy??!
What if we started by prioritizing what is most important for our well-being?
Looks pretty simple, right?
And yet, not…. because if you are caretaker, it can be very difficult to put #1 and #2 first.
However, we need to think of these two steps as our FUEL so that we can do #3 to the BEST OF OUR ABILITY! Otherwise we will suck at service and we will be tired, grumpy and depressed (and usually sick) because we are neglecting what inspires us.
It took me a full mental, emotional and physical breakdown at the age of 33 before I finally learned to listen to my body and take care of myself so that I could not only fulfill my responsibilities, but also have energy for life itself!
Because the time is now. It always has been!
There is no better moment that this one,
and no more powerful moment than the quiet one
where you stop, listen, and heed of what you already know:
Slow down. Take time for YOU.
It will benefit your gut, your health, your life and those that you love and serve.
But strangely, on the eve of my birthday, when I was feeling so much else starting to shift (I blame it all on my haircut, lol) I looked at my glass of wine and said, "Ick...
I am not drinking for fun anymore, I'm drinking 'cuz I NEED to. I'm drinking to CHILL OUT. But its just makes me DULL OUT. I don't want to be dulled down anymore!"
There was a quiet voice in me to stop drinking. I chalked it up to birthday/new year drama, but somehow this was different. The decision was known and made in a second - I just wasn’t sure about how committed I’d be the next day... so I didn’t tell anyone in case I failed!
But half way through my second week…. There. A light came on that I didn’t know it had been out!
Clarity of thought.
A feeling of groundedness yet a little more bounce in my step.
Definitely more stamina for the day.
And, interestingly, emotionally I got very clear on my boundaries – both in parenting and my relationships.
IT IS LIKE A STRENGTH has returned that I didn’t know I had! And guess what? I’m definitely not looking for that glass of DULL at night because I don’t want it!
Sure there are days are crazy no matter how much positive thinking voodoo you practice. Maybe then, occasionally, a drink is good. But everyday? Who was I kidding? That is a crutch.
I’m not saying that I’m never going to drink again, cuz to be honest, I like it... BUT – as a solution to unwind everyday? NO. As a way to soften the pain of how I didn’t stand up for myself today? NO. As a way to deal with isolation and loneliness? NO.
Have you ever give up booze or something else for a while and been surprised at what you learned? I'd love to hear about your experiences!
It Takes Guts Nutrition
Katanne Belisle RHN
Gut Health Specialist
Whitehorse, YT, CAN
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