“Peace does not mean one must be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or chaos. Peace means to be among those things and still be calm in your heart.” Marcel Morin
When I followed up with my Naturopathic doctor about this elimination diet adventure, I expressed some elimination diet woes as I was having a hard time sticking to it. My sugar and caffeine cravings were off the chart! All because of a heavy schedule, the fact that I’m still not 100% and an inability to manage my stress – one of my coping mechanisms is to reach for food and especially stimulants so I can still get things done.
So he gave me some homework, “First, get some sunshine over the weekend. Second, make a list of ways that you can bring balance into your life.” That was some pretty cool homework! Check on the sunshine (and I’m going to get some more after I post this article), and as for the list, here it is:
- ½ an hour exercise every day
- meditate everyday (my favourite is a ½ an hour writing in the morning)
- get up at the same time everyday (for me, it’s 6 a.m.)
- declutter or clean for 2 hours every week
- a Sunday night relaxing hot bath
- at least 20 minutes of UVB rays a week, preferably using the real thing but if I have to fake and bake, I do
- spend 2 hours planning & prepping meals for the week
- make special time with my Honey per week
- remind myself as often as possible: the most important thing in life is being alive! All the rest doesn’t matter so much and isn’t worth getting upset over.
So that’s my list of ways that I can bring peace into my life. The next step is identifying possible obstacles to maintaining this balance, and then figuring out ways to overcome them.
For me, the biggest one is T.V. and for several different reasons. The main cycle goes like this: I’ll get sucked into it at night and then end up going to bed past tiredness. Then I sleep in and not only do I rush around in the morning, I also don’t get my “me” time. The rest of the day is a huge challenge, at least until I find a way to get that time for myself.
Anyone else need that morning time to themselves? And what do you do to keep your calm in a busy lifestyle?