Do You Say "Yes" to Every Request for Your Time?
The Key to well-being is to simplify the daily aspects of your life. We live in a world of “yes”. We say yes when requests are made of our time by employers, our children’s schools, churches, organizations we care about, as well as to our families. From the “sign the petition” emails to taking on larger projects at work; devoting all of our time to everyone else’s needs diminishes the time we have to care for ourselves.
Stating the obvious, there are only 24 hours in a day; but we live in a world of creep. Time creep is becoming as big a problem as multi-tasking (which we will discuss further).
When one multi-tasks, their focus and ability to complete any of the tasks in a satisfactory way falls dramatically. As an example, how many people do you see talking on the phone or eating in the car? Everyone knows that its best not to text or chat on the phone while driving or eating your breakfast on the way to work, yet every day there are plenty of accidents to prove that someone out there thinks they can accomplish this multi-tasking feat.
When one learns to limit themselves and focus on the core of what is important in their lives, this tends to free up the time needed for self-care. Self-care can be anything from taking the time to go to the gym or the dog for a walk. It also frees up time to plan your sustenance.
So here are 5 key changes to make lasting improvements to your well-being.
5 Keys to keeping it simple for good health
1. Drink water; just water. Not flavored water, juice, sports drinks, soda nor caffeinated beverages. One of the best ways to improve your health is to consume the recommended amount of water. Take your weight, divide it in half and that is the average amount of water you should be drinking in ounces. For example: if you are 150 pounds, half of that is 75, so you should be consuming approximately 75 ounces of water a day. Keep in mind this will fluctuate with the seasons and the climate you live in. In the Northwest, we tend to forget about fluid consumption because it is usually cool outside.
2. Plan your meals for the week, shop and pre-prep on the weekends. One of the best ways to free up time, reduce anxiety, and eat well is to plan your meals. Don't forget this includes the meals you eat at work. When the plan is in place, you tend to not grab the first thing that’s in your line of sight when you are hungry.
3. Put limits on time pressures from work. Its tough to say no or draw the line at 5 pm when there is someone single and willing to work the 12 hour day to get ahead. You have to ask yourself, do you want to be remembered as the person who gave all to their job or to their family?
4. Choose the activities that are truly important to you and your family. In the quest to give our children everything we've lost sight of the fact that kids need time to be kids. With the exception of the rare athletic prodigy, waiting to take up sports in junior high and high school often nets the same talent as parents pushing children to sports at a young age.
5. Take and use your entire vacation. Most industrialized nations give 30 days of paid vacation. In the US we are lucky to get 2 weeks, and many end up not taking those days and carrying them over into the next year or eventually lose them completely.
Ask yourself: What are some ways I can keep it simple? What do I do for myself to keep my health and well-being on track? answer below!