Is Busy Your Badge of Honor?
Recently, I have been given the gift of an empty schedule. I didn’t see it this way two months ago, feeling devastated that I had to let people and events down due to an unplanned surgery.
Now as I heal and begin to plan my calendar for 2019, I consider all of the “obligations” to recommit to once I’m back on my feet. Then I remember the real question, “how do I want to use my 86,400 seconds each day”?
Being busy has always been a habit for me that I justify and wear almost as a comfortable blanket, a badge of honor. I get a false sense of control when I am busy. Many of my friends and colleagues would make comments like, “you’re so busy and yet you get it all done, how do you do it?” I would respond that I am no busier than any other person, but unconsciously that observation fueled the facade that I was doing it ALL and looking good doing it.
This holiday season, many more of us will wear the Busy Badge. However, consider what having this badge might cost, especially this time of the year when the real gift we can give is ourselves and being present for those we love.
This holiday season, I have 2 challenges for you:
Stop talking about being busy! Ban the word from your vocabulary (that includes your mind chatter). Once you do, notice if you see a change in your thinking and overall general feeling of wellness.
Each morning (some of you may want to do this the night before you go to bed), look at your schedule or to-do list and find one thing you can delegate, cancel, or put off to another day.
Some additional tips for this Winter/Holiday season:
Sleep. Keep a schedule and make sure you get the sleep you need, not only to be fully present for the moments, but to be able to fight off illness.
Stay Hydrated. We often don’t drink enough water because we are not hot or sweaty.
Make fruits and vegetables a priority. We hear this as a tip to eat more at holiday functions and before going out to holiday functions, but truly this is one of the best ways to not just stay healthy and not reduce the chance of adding weight from holiday sweets.
Notice when and where your time opens and the experiences you have this holiday season!