Once in a while we all need a fresh start, a new day and a clean slate.
How many times have we gotten so bogged down with life that we become caught in the perpetual day-to-day motions?
We plan our every waking hour, over-commit ourselves and wind up cranky and burnt out on life.
Sometimes our personal choices create this outcome, other times life circumstances drive us to this point.
Perhaps you make pretty good choices, yet life throws you curve balls. In all honesty though, if we don’t take ownership sooner than later we end up making excuses for poor outcomes on a regular basis.
I recently moved 2500 miles across the country, a move that took months of preparation. Naturally, I had to place my health and business plans on hold. I focused on balancing time with family, friends, work and moving while “pacing myself.” It was challenging, and I’m relieved to be on the other side where I’m able to see more clearly now…
Although there is still much work to be done (when isn’t there!), now that the move is behind me I’m taking this opportunity to start fresh. I figure, if I’m going to be this far from my home town – than I better make the most of my time!
Here are 10 action steps that I’m putting into practice to advance my overall physical, mental and emotional well-being while promoting healing:
1) I’m resuming my health exploration by investing in various tests, supplements, lab results and practitioners that align with my philosophy – to address the root cause of my illness. In the near future, I look forward to carefully selecting my healthcare team and determining a baseline for my current health status.
2) I’m investing in my business and myself, yeehaaaw! For the past three years, I’ve maintained my work at EatUrVeggies on a very low budget always putting my health and hubby’s schooling first. As I’m settling in, I’ve already begun to dig into Marie Forleo’s B-School , my LEAP training and certification while gaining amazing insight from Protogenia – a small group of amazing female entrepreneurs who support one another via the online Dynamite Circle community. Not only does this give me a sense of comaraderie in a new land, it also re-excites me about my work and vision.
3) I’m serving. It’s always helpful to take the attention off of ourselves isn’t it? I find this to be especially true when dealing with hardships in life. While serving as the Secretary-elect for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group I’m providing volunteer time and know-how, networking with colleagues and gaining experience in my profession.
4) I’m pursuing a long time goal of outdoor cycling. I’ve been taking indoor spin classes since I was 16, maybe longer. If you don’t believe that, you should see my spin shoes! My parents got them for me back in the day and they look like they’re from 1991 with shades of green, red and velcro – but they still fit and they still work great.
Over the weekend, I bought my first road bike and took my first 20 mile ride the very next day.
Discovering a new hobby that takes me outdoors, has allowed me to explore the West while being active in a rhythmic and meditative manner. I hadn’t really experienced that since my running days back in high school and college, so it’s been both exhilarating and empowering!
A key point here is that although my feet are flat, pronate and contribute to hip and knee pain – I was able to find an alternative activity for this next phase of my life.
5) I’m alloting consistent time and practice to yoga. That’s right, look out yogis! I joined a great gym 0.8 miles from my house (which increases the likelihood of my visits), and I’ll be incorporating weekly yoga classes into my routine for its many benefits like regular stretching, increased flexibility and circulation, reduced stress, slowing down with some quiet time and being in tune with my body, etc… I’ve only taken one yoga class in the past, otherwise I used a Yoga for Beginners dvd . I look forward to learning new moves from multiple instructors and expanding my exercise experience.
6) I’m devoting more time to doing fun things with my husband (rather than both of us working/studying so much) and achieving my goals while committing less to other people/activities. This is easy since we don’t know too many people….YET. However, as an introvert with multiple autoimmune conditions who is also a solopreneur with many goals and ambitions – I’ve learned the importance of saying no. As I begin anew, I’m doing so with the intent to not overbook myself with meaningless or draining activities.
7) Once my PA Fair Care health insurance transfers to AZ (thank you you President Obama!), I will be seeking counsel from a therapist. I look forward to having someone I can talk to on a regular basis about life with disease limitations and some of the frustration that results.
This is something that I’ve never discussed before. However, back when I was diagnosed with lupus in 2008, a friend of mine who has RA encouraged me to use my hospital group health insurance to visit a therapist. At that point in time, I had seen soo many practitioners and had soo many appointments (multiple a week) – that I was totally burnt out, miserable and utterly uninterested.
Shortly after that, I quite my job and with that I lost my comprehensive group health insurance. Before long, I had trouble getting insured (with pre-existing conditions). Paying out-of-pocket for a therapist wasn’t a good option, nor was it my highest priority. However, over time – I’ve grown to develop some bitterness, resentment and even anger toward my health challenges.
As a result, I’ve come to see extreme value in working with a therapist to address some of the highs and lows of living with disease. Now, I’m anxious to seek expertise and to learn some techniques in dealing with those struggles which have evolved. I see this as a healthy outlet, so as not to drain those near and dear while resenting others who may simply not understand. I have much more to share on this topic, but my main point is that if you are newly diagnosed or have never seen a therapist – I believe we could all benefit from this therapy in some fashion.
8) I’m setting a specific work-at-home schedule for myself. There are many advantages to being your own boss and working from home. If I’m having a tough day, I can put my feet up and work from the couch. But there’s always a flip side, and it’s truly challenging to keep everything in balance. In the past, I tended to work from 7a to 9 or 10p many days – taking intermittent breaks to do wash, clean, cook, etc… But that’s no good because it lacks structure and time “off.” As a result, I have a great plan in place thanks to Marie Forleo’s latest video . This allows me to get a full 8 hour work day, while allowing time for meals, exercise AND the night off.