Get Organized and Live Life On Purpose.
This month I’m sharing the best tips and strategies that have helped me to get organized and to stay that way. Last week we talked about menu planning, which is one of the primary ways I save money and keep my sanity! [Be sure to check out The Peaceful Mom Customizable Menu Planners here.]
This week I want to talk about another key: self care.
You may not think that taking care of yourself has anything to do with getting life organized, but it is actually essential. If you’re not taking care of your basic needs, life becomes scattered and overwhelming.
So what are your basic needs?
Sleep- Are you getting enough or are you constantly fatigued? Is it always difficult to get up in the morning or do you drag yourself out of bed in a haze?
Water- Are you drinking enough water during the day (not coffee, tea or soft drinks)? Do you mistake thirst for hunger and end up eating more?
Food-Are you eating energy producing foods or energy sapping foods? Do you have a sugary snack every day around 3:00 p.m. just so you can make it through dinner time?
Exercise-Are you taking time to have a daily walk or work out to an exercise dvd? Moving your body is great stress relief and a necessity if you want to be healthy.
Spiritual Refreshment-Do you listen to uplifting music or an inspirational podcast on a regular basis? Have you read the Bible or been encouraged by a friend recently?
Prayer- Do you pray throughout the day by yourself or with others?
Social Interaction- When is the last time you had a good conversation with a friend (or your husband)? Have you had any coffee dates with friends in the last three months?
Fun-What are you doing just for the enjoyment of it? If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
Emotional Balance-Are you aware of your emotions? Do you find yourself crying a lot, but don’t know why?
Intellectual Stimulation- Have you read any good books lately, played a game that requires thinking or completed a crossword puzzle?
Creative pursuits-Do you write, paint, doodle, play an instrument, craft or participate in other creative outlets?
I’m sure that you could have easily produced this list of things that you “should” be doing, but if you are like me, you neglect them. The baby is crying, the phone is ringing, the emails are piling up and there is nothing for dinner, so who thinks about drinking water?
So this week I am recommitting to taking care of myself and I encourage you to join me! Choose one area that you have been neglecting and take action this week to nurture yourself.
What are some self-care areas that you tend to neglect? Share in the comments (so I don’t feel so badly about the ones I neglect!).
Remember, YOU ARE IMPORTANT!
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