Take a technology break!
I admit, I have a little bit of undiagnosed ADD. I bounce from activity to activity, both online and in real life (watch me clean a room in my house sometime). I usually end up far from the original task I was working on, all because I decided to bring the dirty laundry downstairs and ended up reorganizing the linen closet on my way to do the dishes!. When I feel like a windup toy because of all my fluttering about, I don’t really get anything done and that makes me feel even more scattered. I don’t think I’m unique, I think this happens to most of us during the month of December and our obsession with technology doesn’t help.
So the tip for day 10 of 31 Days of Healthy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays More is to take frequent technology breaks. Don’t get me wrong,technology is so wonderful and I would be lost without it in so many ways but it is not a friend to those of us with ADD potential.
Here are a few ways you can reset your focus:
- Check email and facebook at set intervals that make sense for your situation (for example: once every 3 hours for work, once a day if email part of your job)
- Unless urgent, respond to emails on specific days or hours of the week so you aren’t responding to email all day long
- Put down the smartphone, ipad or laptop a couple hours before bed
- Try a “technology free” day on a weekend (read books, have tea with a friend, go snowshoeing etc.)
- Dedicate one night a week tech free
- Keep your smartphone in your purse or car when socializing. Facebook will be there in an hour.
I feel so much more human when I come back from a break and I’m ready to work hard. I get more done after these little resets. If you’re struggling to get done all that you need to this month, take a little breather from Facebook, stop reading this blog (it’ll be here when you come back), stop spending an hour trying to find something to watch on Netflix. Take a few minutes to breathe and let focus come back into your life. You’ll be glad you did and so will everyone around you.
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Yay! It’s Day 9 of 31 Days of Healthy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays More. Today’s tip is to start an affirmation routine.
Many of us have a very ingrained way of thinking about ourselves or our lives and it’s not always positive. How do you start to turn the negative talk around? One way is through affirmations. Affirmations help train your brain to view things in a better light and they’re a great tool to have in your back pocket. Words can change your brain. Studies are even starting to show that using affirmations during times of stress can improve problem solving performance. So it’s not just BS!
What should you use as an affirmation to start? What is the worst negative self-talk you say about your self? Whatever it is, turn it around into positive statements on how you want to feel. A few possible examples:
- “I’m so dumb” becomes I’m a powerful and intelligent being.
- “I’m too fat to date” becomes I am improving myself everyday and worthy of love as I am.
- “I’m a bad parent” becomes I am a loving mother and I am becoming more patient.
Write them down, as many as you like and then look yourself directly in the mirror when saying your affirmations. Try saying them in the morning, before you jump in the shower or right before you leave for the day. It takes just a few seconds so I know you can squeeze this in. If you don’t believe what you are saying, pretend you are an actor rehearsing lines for a role. Put some effort and energy into it. It’s okay if you don’t believe the words yet. The benefits will come the longer you say them.
If you make affirmations a part of your routine, you will leave the house a happier & more confident woman and it will grow each day that you do it. Less negative self talk means more room for love, growth and moving forward. What a great gift to give yourself this holiday season!
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Today is day 1 of 31 Days of Healthy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays More. Today’s tip is for you to schedule time for self care this holiday season.
I know you’re so busy taking care of everyone else so I know you’re going “What the heck is she talking about? What is self care?” Self care is something we nourish ourselves with to support our wellbeing and ensure we can function at our best. If you don’t take care of yourself first, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else. You’ll have more to give to others if you are well taken care of yourself. Included in self care are massage, exercise, time with friends, breaks, long baths, an evening spent with a cup of tea and a good book, spending a few minutes in meditation etc. Anything that pauses your to do list and makes you feel good will count!
Get your calendar out. Right now (please?). I want you to schedule at least one self care activity every week between now and December 31st. It doesn’t have to cost money or take up a lot of your time but it needs to make you feel refreshed and taken care of. It can be a 5 minute meditation session or a “stay in PJ’s all day” Saturday. Your call, but schedule it!
If you’re a Mom (especially those working and/or single Mom’s), I know you’re getting ready to close this blog post and just go about your day. Please don’t. You, more than almost anyone out there needs the reprieve that self-care time gives. By setting aside a little bit of you time each week, you’ll be more focused at work, more present with your kids and much more ready to be an effective Mama-bear when you need to be. You deserve it and your kids deserve it too!
If you need help coming up with some ideas for self-care that fit into your crazy life, leave a comment or contact me and I’ll help you come up with some of your own. Now get scheduling and stick to it!
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