“Stop asking your life and your body to do things for you
and begin to do some things for your life and body.”
~David Drost, Evolation Yoga“Buffalo Magazine” February 5, 2017
This is the perfect beginning of a post about how budgeting (money, time and energy) can support our self-care efforts, and how taking care of ourselves can help us budget (our money, time and energy) more effectively.
Our beloved support group met February 4th to discuss well-being; “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.” Here are the highlights:
- Q. What is wisdom?
- A. Something that comes with age, but you’re never “done,” you’re always improving, learning how to react/respond to life, to know when to let go of things, relationships and thoughts that no longer serve you.
- Learn to be comfortable not knowing even while you are seeking your own truth.
- Q.When have you felt “wise?”
- A. When you care less about what other people think and have the confidence to make the right decisions for you, to pay attention to what makes you come alive and be filled with passion.
- Q. What aspects of your life contribute to your health & well-being?
- A. Spending time with loved ones, sleeping, nourishing yourself with good food, art, beauty, music, literature, nature.
- Q. How can you incorporate more of this into your life?
- A. Be more intentional with your time and your relationships including your relationship with money, be proactive rather than living on autopilot. Learn to set limits and nurture healthy boundaries.
- Q. What aspects of your life are an obstacle to health and well-being?
- A. Social media can help us get and stay connected (which contribute to well-being) but it undoubtedly is a diversion!
- A. Work
- A. Negative self-talk
- Q. What can be done about the obstacles?
- A. Set limits.
- A. Claim some time, schedule it in your calendar, phone, Microsoft Outlook etc. Go for a walk, exercise, get some fresh air, get out in nature; it’ll remind you of the fact that there is a purpose for and an order to all of life.
- Q. What is one way you could use your time more intentionally to promote your health & wealth?
- A. Set a timer with the parts of your life that you want to limit.
- A. See above about claiming time for the things that matter to you. If you don’t make time for it, it must not be a priority!
- Q. What is one way you could use your money more intentionally to promote your health & wealth?
- A. Buy healthy, organic foods.
- A. Decide if you’re using your gym membership or if a scheduled walk a few times per week or a yoga class is more achievable and enjoyable.
- A. Create personal financial policy statement.
- Q. What is one way you could use your energy (attention, thoughts, activity) more intentionally to promote your health & wealth?
- A. Do one small task, create one small change of habit to foster other changes (such as brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand).
- A. Be in the now, practice mindfulness.
- A. Do a vision board or book, focus on what is good in life that you would welcome more of in your life.
See, you’re not alone, not at all! We all are doing the best we can, with the resources we have, with the time we’re allotted. Be kind to yourself and share that kindness with others.
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