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Time management for a healthy lifestyle

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the delightful and insightful Rev Naomi Fay of Intention Radio – http://intentionradio.com/2013/12/diet-free-and-healthy-ellie-savoy/

Naomi started the interview by saying so many people are sharing with her about how fast life is today. Time is going by faster and faster. This is something that I hear from my clients, and I also run into it myself. The difference for me now is that I “catch” myself when I feel the overwhelm, that sinking feeling of not being able to get it all done and that my days are going by too quickly.

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time-management-healthSo, how do we stay balanced today? How do we live each day not feeling depleted and overwhelmed? These don’t have to be $64M questions but who has the answer? I believe that we each individually have the answer. We are in charge of our own lives and therefore it is up to us to make the changes. Only we can decide the answers to these three key important questions:

  1. What – What will you choose to let go of to make more time available for investing in your health and wellness? If this is currently low on your priorities list, perhaps it means spending less time on social media, watching TV or unsubscribing from email lists. The internet takes up so much of our time today. Me included!
  2. How – How will you make it happen? Does it mean keeping a daily “Accomplishment List” (notice I didn’t say “To Do List”)? If it requires being more organized, figure out how you can make that happen. Don’t overload yourself with things that you know you can’t accomplish. When we have a sense of accomplishment it naturally makes us feel a lot more peaceful. This sense of peace creates a sense of feeling healthy and stress-free.
  3. When – When will you start? I know, there is always tomorrow! But, as we know, tomorrow often doesn’t come when it pertains to making changes. Will you start right now? Please don’t worry about thinking that everything has to be “perfect” before you start. It’s actually the opposite. Lasting lifestyle changes evolve over time. It’s not like flicking on a light switch! Be patient but be sure to take the first step.

I stay constantly mindful each day so that I keep making my health a priority. I don’t want to revert back to old habits of eating out on a regular basis, skipping meals, eating unhealthy processed “foods,” feeling stressed, and gaining weight. If I return to running myself ragged, this is what my story could become.

Personally, I don’t think this fast pace is sustainable. It’s like a rubber band that keeps being stretched. Eventually it breaks. I know the feeling of breaking. I choose health now and not stretching my body to its limits or beyond. Will you join me in choosing to manage your time so you can enjoy a healthy lifestyle?

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