Today we’re going to take a little time to smell the roses… or, blossoms that is. Life is just too short not to take some time to enjoy the little things. I came across a list of 5 stress categories a couple of years ago. I jotted them down because I knew that I needed some serious reform in all 5 categories. Well… it’s been about 3 years and I’m not sure how well I’m managing stress but this list definitely makes me re-evaluate what I’m doing from time to time.
5 Stress Points
1. Not eating well
This one is probably the most important because in the words of Virginia Wolf “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”. Nutrition plays a huge part in our everyday lives, a part that I have often overlooked. Since I have started eating better, I have started sleeping for a solid 6 or more hours without waking up for the first time in my life. I cannot tell you how much better I feel getting good solid sleep, which leads me to number two.[hr]
2. Poor sleep habits
Sleep is critical to our overall health. It’s time where our body can repair itself. Getting enough sleep is important for concentration, maintaining a healthy weight, and lowering stress. A well rested body has more stamina to deal with life’s situations.[hr]
3. Lack of exercise
This is a tough one for me, and the one that I always put last. We get out to the mountains as much as possible, but as for steady exercise, I haven’t done that in 7 years. I miss the benefits of being in shape. Exercise increases all the good chemicals in your brain, making you feel better and reverses the effects of stress.[hr]
4. Not enough down time
Hmmm… I don’t even know where to start with this one. It seems so hard to find regular time to do what you want when there are so many things you NEED to do. But, here’s what I’ve found; when I take some time to do something I’ve been wanting to do, my overall productivity goes way up. Lucky for me, I love hiking in the mountains which is a two for one – exercise and downtime! I don’t know if it counts to combine, but I’ll take it.[hr]
Lately, I’ve been thinking that disorganization is the number one stress point in my life.
Example: Disorganization always leads to a lack of time, much less time for myself, and with that lack of time I find myself not eating well, sleeping very little, and definitely not exercising!
Now all of this is just plain common sense right? Well, for myself anyways, it’s much easier said than done. I found over the last couple of years whatever is stressing me out can always be traced back to one or more of these categories.
I used to be very organized, but with life getting busier and busier, I find myself ‘winging it’ a lot. Today in particular is a good example of poor planning. It’s 5:00pm and I don’t know what on earth I’m making for dinner, and on top of that I haven’t been grocery shopping in a while so I’ll be getting creative. Now, not knowing what’s for dinner isn’t much of a predicament, but disorganization has been invading pretty much every aspect of my life so it’s time to take action. When I take a little time to get organized before the week starts, I’m amazed at just how much gets done, and how there’s even a little time leftover.
With my extra time, it would be great to get out to Glacier National Park a little more often and start planning our next road trip. My extra time might be more well spent mowing the grass (which by the way is almost 2 feet tall!), but today we’re talking about enjoying the more important things in life. There is always grass to mow, a floor to mop, and more hours to put in at work. But, the spring blossoms only come for a few days a year so take some time to smell them.