We schedule maintenance for our vehicles, heating and air conditioning, and our computers, yet do we ever think of scheduling maintenance for our bodies and spirits. Not most of us, that is certain. We tend to care for and nurture ourselves last.
I have found that if I assess the following on a weekly or monthly basis it helps me stay focused and on task of taking care of myself.
Am I sleeping through the night, am I feeling more fatigued, am I feeling more emotional and even feeling down, and what am I doing to negatively affect my life. I am a great advocate of journaling, and if you do most information can easily be found as to what is going on and affecting your life. Some simple things are as follows:
- Stimulates: These can be found in coffee, tea, chocolate and other sources. I found this site http://coffeefaq.com/site/how-much-caffeine, and it has some very interesting information
- Stimulates: Negative news being perpetually broadcast and creepy television programs
- Events: Things that have happened that played on my mind, and how did this affect me either negatively or positively. Can I change this, and if so I write it down to get it off my mind
- People: Have I noticed that certain people have emotionally affected me, and can I avoid this in the near future
- Food: What have I eaten that would affect me physically and perhaps could disturb my sleep and my energy. Did I consume foods with preservatives, additives and higher carbohydrates
- Supplementations and Medications: There are times medications are prescribed and the side-effects are not obvious. This even applies to natural supplementation Take time to research side-effects on the internet
I am responsible for things that I recognize affect me, and there are others I have not even listed here. I am responsible for maintaining my well-being. There are times we have to give ourselves permission to stop and restore! Yes, it may be easier to take a “purple” pill, yet I realize that would be treating only symptoms and not the cause.
And let’s not forget the power of prayer. For some that can be a simple focusing of attention. However, I believe that prayer is of utmost importance, and there are scientific studies to back up the significant positive effects of prayer on health. You can read more at Suite101: Does Prayer Actually Work?: Scientific Evidence for the Power of Prayer