Want to stay sane this season? Unplug and disengage from the pack. Here are a few of the things that help me stay balanced during the holidays and year round. I won’t pretend that it’s easy or that I don’t fail miserably in one or more of the areas. However, when I use these metrics as a compass I quickly re-adjust my life to make sure I’m heading in the right direction.
If you’re not already doing it Start. Don’t wait until January to make a New Year’s resolution to get fit. If you need help ask. I’ll help build an exercise program for you. In fact I’ll even come to the gym and help you get started.
When is the last time you told someone you appreciated them. Watch this video and follow their lead. First, think of someone who is or has been very important to you. Second, sit down and write them a letter. Third, call them and read them the letter. As you express gratitude your happiness will increase. This is particularly useful for people that find their love tanks half empty. Tell someone you know that you care. Regularly connect with others. We were meant to do life together.
Don’t try to do life on your own. Get your heart right. Ask for forgiveness. How often do you pray? Do you enjoy a sense of purpose and peace? Get to know your Lord and Savior.
Start tracking your diet. Use an app or ask us for a food intake guide. You may be surprised that the reason you feel tired and sluggish after lunch is because of what you’ve been eating. If you need help just ask. Do you need another coffee in the afternoon? Learn to eat right for your body and you may just unlock a new found level of energy.
5. Occupational Health
Learn ergonomics by subscribing to our newsletter and watching our videos. If you type all day move the letter “B” in front of your belly button. If you a 10-key but don’t use it regularly move the “B” button in front of your belly button. We generally center ourselves to the whole keyboard and inadvertently create more tension in our right shoulder and neck. What we find is that by centering the qwerty keyboard to your body you’ll no longer constantly cross the mid-line to reach the keys with your right hand. Making this minor shift has proven to eliminate neck and shoulder pain for many patients. Engage in active sitting. Finally, are you happy at your job? Are you’re strengths maximized and weaknesses minimized? Do you feel like you’re contributing to something greater than yourself? Many people work until retirement hoping to finally find the time to do what they really enjoy. What if you could get paid to do what you love? Begin the process of self discovery by reading books like Strengths Finder 2.o. Take the D.I.S.C. profile to see how you’re wired and learn your preferred communication style.
6. Financial Health
Do you live paycheck to paycheck? Enroll in Financial Peace University or Crown Financial courses. You’ll find these courses offered by most churches throughout your community. Learn to be content with what you have. Learn that spending is often emotional. Once you find contentment (see number 3 above) you just might find more money. I had a friend tell me that he found some extra money each month after he quit buying the “silver bullets”. I was depressed and found that drinking some beer every night made him relaxed. Once he discovered that he was unhappy at work he began looking for a new job. Now that he is fulfilled at work he no longer needs the beer and has extra cash. I used to eat out a too much. Do you? Do you spend money on things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like who couldn’t care less? Learn to live with less. Give some, spend less, live more.
7. Family Health
When is the last time you took your spouse out on a date? When is the last time you called in the middle of the day just to say hi? I’ll admit that this is an area of growth for me. Learn what your spouse and family needs from you and live your life trying to out serve them. Life is all about becoming less selfish. Live More Self Less.