It’s a stressful time in my household. Both I and the man of the house have temp gigs after months of unemployment. A relative is ill, needs to move to an assisted living situation, and I’m organizing most of it. The to-do list is long and getting longer.
But I need to take care of myself, too. To do this, I’ve been focusing on getting enough sleep, some exercise, time with my “nucleus” and close friends. So this bit on a reducing stress during times of change was rather reassuring:
[N]ow, more than ever, you must respect your body. Give it the best fuel you can, exercise it well, give it the rest it needs to run at its best. Nutrition, exercise and sleep are not luxuries; they are necessities.
Also essential in life is our humanity. We need to create bonds with family and friends to feel happy.
I also liked found this proportion-making:
Friendship, laughter and that human connection have no cost, yet they are priceless.
We need shelter, water and food for survival. Most Americans have access to all three. We have no war in our country. Our children enjoy opportunities many of the world’s children can’t even imagine.
I also periodically spend a bit of time taking deep breaths and reminding myself that it doesn’t all have to be done at once.