unknown--I found this in a
in a supermarket years ago!
accommodate everyone else's schedule before your own? Are you making
time for everything in your life but yourself? If you plead guilty,
then it's time to stop committing personal sabotage!
In today's demanding environment, it's hard to keep things in
perspective. You can't avoid daily stresses, but you can learn to
handle them effectively and stay in control. Maintaining a healthy
balance between yourself and your work and family commitments will help
you get the most out of life as well as your personal and professional
Give Yourself a Chance
Living a healthy lifestyle won't guarantee your health and
happiness, but it's a good place to start. Make sure you get plenty
of sleep, drink lots of water, exercise on a regular basis and eat
nutritious meals. In addition, schedule regular check-ups with your
doctor and dentist.
Try to avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and any drugs that
could hinder your ability to function at the top of your form.
Write It Down
You'll focus more clearly on goals, dreams, and the to-do
list if you write them down. Keep things simple, but do give
priority to relationships and obligations that are crucial. Don't
create unrealistic aims by expecting perfection or trying to be something
you're not. Be honest in evaluating your skills and preferences.
Organize your home and work priorities in order of
importance. Then decide how you can manage your time more
effectively so that you'll maximize the time spent on what's really
important to you.
If you don't have a hobby, find one. It can be anything
you have fun doing and won't take too seriously.
You might also try deep-breathing and relaxation
techniques. These exercises have a calming, refreshing effect.
When you find yourself tensing up at work or at home, take a few minutes
to relax, stretch, and breathe deeply.
Mental attitude is just as important as physical
condition. Find productive ways to deal with anger, depression,
stress, and other destructive emotions. Sometimes an activity as
simple as a brisk 10-minute walk outdoors will work wonders.
Try to keep your perspective; work hard to prevent minor
aggravations or unimportant demands from getting the best of you.
Concentrate on becoming flexible and practical. And learn to give in
to compromise; sometimes it builds character.
Resist the natural tendency to take negative events
personally. Random calamities do happen; fate doesn't single you
Make Time for You
Everyone needs some time alone. Learn to enjoy your own
company. Spend time pampering yourself--take a hot bath, read a
best-seller, or visit a friend. Indulge and take time to celebrate