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All the Small Things

9 Dec


Balance & Perfection.

All the small things in life are never-ending and always surmounting to something completely overwhelming. I have a list of things 1 8.5×11 page long and it’s overwhelming. I’m deadlocked and not sure what to do. In addition to this, I have scraps of paper on my desk to jot down new “to-dos.” And it might be unquestionably easy to write it out and follow it. But TODAY, well beyond everyone’s jazzed up smart phone, technologically stimulated life, where does all the time go to get these things done? There are so many distractions. And when do you say “No”, if you can, to any of it?

I believe part of it is habit. The habit of prioritizing those special areas of your life and seeing if those to do’s fall within those boundaries. It’s also a matter of knowing what’s an emergency and an immediate MUST DO, compared to some distraction that can either idle the time away, or can be done by someone else.

So my suggestions to kill the stress of to-dos:

1. Prioritize – what areas of your life are important and do you need to dedicate time to? For example, it could be your family, work, and your health. Even within those categories are subcategories (family fun night, getting certification for work, doing yoga 5 times a week). You can’t say yes to every children’s birthday party or business event you’re invited to, and that is where the power of saying NO comes into play. Selfishly saying NO to those things will give you time to prioritize your Family, Work and Health for your “Balance.”

Now let me get something straight. I LOVE the idea of balance. But balance is just like Yin and Yang. It’s always changing, interdependent of Chaos and cannot exist without its opposite. It’s never going to be perfect and being peaceful with that idea can be freeing.

2. Write it Out – the To Do list is a Catch-22. Well, let me clarify, the MENTAL To-Do list. Write it out. Get it on paper. I often tell patients that are always worrying about a mental list to keep a pad and pen by your bed and write out the small things that are on your mind. You won’t forget it and it will be there to cross off when you have a chance to get to it.

3. Focus on the greater good, whatever that may be for you. Maybe its specific goals or areas in your life that you’re working on (health and wellness, spiritual) anything to create positive habits. Make time for those things and make sure it’s blocked out. Do you have your ideal day? Hour for hour, tell your time where to go.

4. Let others know what you’re up to – My husband and I have a list of personal/professional goals and things we want to work on together. We talk about it so we can support each other through our transitions. Find a friend or someone who is going to be supportive for your goals.

5. Goals – write them out for the immediate, near and far off future. This list may change, but it defines your objectives. If something else comes along and it’s good, but not great AND it doesn’t fall in line with your ideal, then you can peacefully pass it by.

What’s this all about? All the small things – they stress us out. They add up. And when we put them in their place and really see how (in)significant they are, we can then decide their importance in our life.

If these small things have you doe-eyed and deadlocked ready to get run over by a semi, just remember…

One thing at a time.

I would love to hear what you do to manage your life.

Take Care!


Seasons Change: Should You, Too?

24 Oct

Remembering Fall by Indy Kethdy

Living in sunny Arizona poses some wonderful challenges in terms of weather. There are four months of heat, haboobs and monsoons and the rest of the year gloriously redeems the hell-on-earth qualities by giving us refreshing, crisp air and sunny skies.  Truthfully, we only have two seasons: Hot and Enjoyable.  We’ve paid our dues, and the weather (and people) are of the brighter sort.  Fall officially started on September 22nd and although its just starting to cool down, the days are getting shorter, mornings are brisk,  and life remains spinning at a dizzying rate towards 2013.

So how do we keep healthy pace with the changing seasons?

I browsed through the Neijing Suwen The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine for basic insight to wellness and lifestyle changes through the seasons.  Self-preservation and prevention in health are staples in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Educating others on creating beneficial lifestyle habits and implementing them can keep you feeling strong and energetic through the transitions of the seasons.   I love this book because its holistic approach to lifestyle reveals our actions presently perpetuate our health for the following season.

Incorporate the following for Fall:

1. Sleep – The Neijing requires that one should retire when the sun sets and rise with the break of dawn.  Although this  might not be realistic, getting the recommended amount of sleep will keep your immune system strong and keep you rejuvenated. This time of year is about conservation, so store and reserve your energy!

2. Stress Management – With the holidays at our heels, it’s important to find ways to decompress. Prayer, meditation, yoga, camaraderie, exercise, writing, acupuncture – any outlet really, can help you deal with any harsh emotions and keep you peaceful to really enjoy the beauty of the year.

3. Exercise – Strengthening your respiratory function (Lung qi is what we call it in TCM terms) will help you with several factors: stress management, immune function, circulation.  Qi Gong, Tai Chi, walking, yoga and breathing exercises are all gentler options.  In reference to prepping for winter, it will also help with your digestive function.

4. Eat with the season – Staying within the realm of what mother nature provides seems simple enough.  Today it’s easy to be confused about what’s in season because produce is readily available regardless of its natural harvest time! Local farmers markets and checking with the Farmer’s Almanac are two great resources to see what’s in season. I’ll have an additional post about what foods are right for the fall.

5. Say “No” to cold drinks – Say no to icy, cold drinks. It’s hard on your digestion. Room temperature or warm drinks are preferable.

I would love to hear your thoughts and what lifestyle changes, if any you incorporate with the change of seasons?

Take Care!