February 7, 2014
January reminds me of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream and how he knew exactly what to do to jumpstart his life and keep it running until the very end. Because of his belief in his vision, Dr. King’s faith and determination lead him to speak with conviction prompting thousands to listen, to feel his passion for a brighter future, and to make a change through serving and leading both family and community.
Today is a new day and a new opportunity. I ask you now “how will you jumpstart your life and keep it running until the very end?”
Take a moment now to seriously consider the question…….. Your response may be “until the very end is a very long time” and my reply is “of course it is”. That is why it is so important to set a goal for increased life balance to reserve your mental, spiritual, and physical energies.
Some common causes for lack of work –life balance and no energy are:
(1) Working 12-16 hours a day. This includes keeping up with family, community events, social media , hundreds of television programs, and technology choices.
(2) Lack of sleep to rebuild healthy cells.
(3) Lack of quiet time to boost your mental energy
(4) Low nutrition diets due to lack of time to prepare healthy meals
(5) Very little verbal communication to build healthy relationships and to set realistic creative goals.
I am certain that we can all recognize a few of the above. My challenge to you is to recognize the effects that your “To Do” list overload will have on your mental, spiritual, and physical health if continued for a prolonged period of time.
I urge you to make a few reasonable changes by considering the following to jumpstart your year:
(1) Give your brain and body a break by scheduling a minimum of one short day per week. Begin with one hour of quiet time without technology. Replace your modern conveniences with a phone call, nap, walk, or physical hobby. Include going to bed earlier this day and build up slowly to two-three hours. All it takes is turning off the phone, computer, or television. Advise your family of your unavailable time unless it is an emergency.
(2) Select one day that you will prepare a healthy meal. Consider preparing it the night before. After you have developed a habit, slowly build up to three days a week.
(3) Pencil in 10 minutes of exercise on your short day until you can slowly build up to 30 minutes. Regular exercise will increase your metabolism and give you a boost of energy that will carry you through your day. You will be amazed that you accomplished more in less time because of your increased focus and energy from your workout.
(4) Take a moment to smile and say “hello” to someone you pass during your day.
In closing, It is important to remember that the emotional and physical energy you give out will return to you. I challenge you to jumpstart your life this year as Dr. Martin King, Jr. illustrated by making a large deposit into your mental and physical wellness by serving and leading by example.
The choice is yours to make. You can jumpstart your Life and keep it running or you can continue on overload and let Life run you!
For additional questions, facts, or tips on endless energy contact Marcia Harris at 740 353 8056, www.marciaharrislifeskills.com or the American Counseling Association.
Have a great year of change!