I recently came upon Marthe Hagen’s blog post, “55 gentle ways to take care of yourself when you’re busy busy busy,” and simply had to share the link. Oh, sure, we all know we’re supposed to take care of our health and happiness at all times. De-stress. Breathe deep. Eat right. But knowing what’s good for you and actually putting it into practice aren’t always so easy.
I know darn well I would be best served with an extra hour or so of sleep each night. I remind myself this every day, particularly when my mid-morning and mid-afternoon slump smack me in the face and send me to naptime. But do I add more time to my night sleep schedule? No. Why? Oh so many reasons (excuses).
So when I came upon Marthe’s list of 55 gentle ways to treat myself better, I took that as a sign there are at least one or two very simple, very reasonable things I can do to lighten my load, physically and mentally.
Many of these I’m actually already doing—which gave me permission for a small pat on the back. But there are plenty of things I hadn’t thought of or have yet to incorporate into my life. My ultimate goal? To someday follow the suggestion to take the weekend off. Completely off. From email, phone calls, little to-dos…. I know this would mean rearranging the Mon-Fri task list, but I suspect the benefits would greatly outweigh any short-term adjustments in my work habits. So, someday. Maybe sooner than I think.
Have a look at Marthe’s blog post and be sure to take advantage of the free book download of Leo Babauta’s Focus! I did—and have added it to my to-be-read immediately pile.