I’m sick. Second day staying home in bed. Feeling like I should probably be doing some work so that my list won’t be a mile long when I get back to the office, but not quite being able to muster up the energy.
The thing is—I’m not supposed to get sick. I’m a freakin’ health coach! I eat well (for the most part). I exercise. I drink tea.
I guess there is something I’m doing (or not doing) that is compromising my immune system. (And I think I know what it is.)
Ever since I started working full-time in January after 17 months of freelancing (and getting super involved in everything from choirs to community wellness to teaching Swedish), I have struggled to figure out how many different things I can be involved with and be well. I’m finding that it’s not many.
Being out at night several times per week drains me. Having ongoing tasks related to website maintenance stresses me out. Fighting for time to write on a daily basis is wearing me down. And it’s making me rush, which is not good.
My friend Justin Qualler of Working Man Fitness wrote today about slowing down. It was so timely. Of course, I need to slow down and sit and do nothing. I just need to find a time other than 4:45 am to do it, because I’m exhausted from getting up so early!
What’s Most Important
Again, it comes back to figuring out what’s most important and not letting that list get too long. For me, the very short list is:
- Spending time with my family and close friends.
- Connecting with God and others through music and nature.
- Nourishing my body and mind with good food, exercise, sleep, water, and meditation.
Eliminating the Rest
Notice how being on the computer is nowhere on that list. Yet, that’s where I seem to spend the majority of my time. And this is what I need to cut out—especially during my free time. I have some ideas:
- Delegate tasks related to websites I manage. (Or do a complete handover.)
- Say no to any new requests for website assistance. (Not to be mean, just sane.)
- Deactivate my personal Facebook account. (I have set a date.)
- Unsubscribe from everything in my inbox. (I’m close, but I want to go all the way.)
- Check email even less frequently. (Just call me if it’s urgent.)
I also need to carefully consider if I should keep offering classes at night. As much as I enjoy them, I also feel stressed thinking about having too many commitments in the evenings. What if I just want to sit and read a good book? What if my daughter wants to talk about life? What if there’s a fabulous event I want to attend? I think I just want flexibility to be available.
Listening to My Body
Am I being selfish? I don’t think so. I’m listening to what my body is telling me. To slow down, do less, and be present. Because I believe that is the key to wellness. I want to make positive changes in people’s lives, but that’s not going to happen when I’m sick in bed. By focusing on very few, high-impact activities, I can be more effective and still take care of me.
What has your body told you recently? Are you doing anything about it? Let me know in the comments.
P.S. This is my 250th post. Feels like a significant milestone. Let me know if you’d like to get together for a drink to celebrate. When I’m feeling better…