Sue Loncaric can be found at Sizzling Towards Sixty where she shares stories about aging with sizzle. Here she shares how she’s figured out six steps towards taking back her life.
‘I am so busy’, ‘sorry, too busy’, ‘I never have time for myself’, ‘I feel guilty I don’t have enough time to spend with the children or grandchildren’
Can you relate to any of these statements? I know I can and you know what? We only have ourselves to blame. Instead of taking control of our life we are letting life take control of us.
It’s time to take back control of your life.
We all have the same amount of time each day, each week, each year. So how come some people always seem to be able to fit everything in and others are chasing their tails and feeling like the mouse on the wheel, running like crazy?
My word for 2017 is ‘Simplify’ and that encompasses all areas of our life. We can make our lives simpler and more enjoyable if we just take back control.
Know when to say YES and when to say NO.
THIS IS NOT EASY! I’ve written about how to get back on track when life gets in the way and that includes realizing that we can’t do everything, and we can’t be everything to everyone. Superwoman doesn’t exist!
Ask for help!
Don’t be too proud or hesitant to ask for help. You will find that family and friends are only too willing to help out. Sometimes we don’t offer to help others because we don’t want them to feel inadequate. However, asking for help DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE INADEQUATE it means you are VALUING YOURSELF AND YOUR TIME.
It is so important to prioritize our time and VERY IMPORTANT to also prioritize time for ourselves. Schedule in some time for you so you can nurture and be kind to you. You will function better and be more productive if you give yourself some down time just for you to do what you enjoy. Do it for YOU but also for your FAMILY.
Enjoy the little things.
Make time each day to enjoy the little things. Many little things can add up to a lot of ‘feel good’ moments. Dr James Rouse advises to GO SLOW – “see the blessings much more readily under the influence of slow”
We never really achieve anything without commitment. You need to commit to making positive changes in your life and taking back control.
Introduce Healthy Habits.
Creating healthy habits for our mind, body and spirit helps us to cope with the stresses of life. Daily exercise, such as a brisk walk, taking time to give thanks and reflect, making healthier food choices, all add up to a much healthier and happier YOU!
Let’s Keep Sizzling!