Not having the time is the number one excuse we all use when we aren’t getting the results we want. I won’t argue with the fact that our lives are jammed packed with activity. For many of my clients it’s work, kids, house chores, and the ones who don’t is time management. You can’t delete your job or kids nor can you dissolve your pain immediately, but you can manage your life differently.
I have hated systems and it felt too rigid to me to try to fit my life into such a regimented mold.
However, I’ve seen a shift in myself towards both systems and organization. Though it’s hard to see pain as a gift, that’s one positive thing that being in pain has given me.
When you are injured andom day to get everything done. It never felt particularly good, in fact it was somewhat stressful, but it was just the way I got things done. After being injured I really had to be very cautious of how I used my body so I couldn’t do very much at once, it was all about small things in small amounts of time. In living a life of turtle steps, I’ve developed a real knack for creating a rhythm in my life in which I can get things done in a peaceful, non-overwhelming way. In order to do this I did have to add more structure to my life.
Surprisingly, I really like it. It’s taught me a lot about myself and made me realize when I was making excuses in my life. It also showed me that when your mind is scattered your life rhythm reflects that.
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Then I started thinking about how this could help you. You may have found me for a variety of reasons. Some of your are suffering from IBS or chronic pain, while others may have worked with me in the past as I did career coaching. Regardless of the issue you’re facing now, the way you approach life has a big effect on both your happiness and healing.
I hear from people with IBS that it disrupts their life and make time for rest when you need it, you can live a life that you enjoy regardless of what your body’s doing.
Life gets messy at times and fall down again.
Sometimes the hardest thing is just getting started. In part two of this blog, I’ll give you tips where to begin. Until then, I’d love to hear your thoughts:)
Great post Laura. I can’t wait for part 2. I think I have created more structure over the last couple of years in dealing with chronic pain without really knowing what I was doing . . . I think I need to look at this more as things get busier at work things are starting to change in my career and health habits. I struggle with not clinging to expectations and making a plan . . but perhaps this blog post will help me visualize structure instead of “a plan” which is too rigid to allow for rest.
I love this Melisa! That was so well said, visualizing structure instead of plan! You are right we get way too caught up in planning as a way to feel organized, when adding a little structure is maybe all we need to give ourselves time to rest and rejuvenate. The best plans come from feeling relaxed:)