We are embarking on a New Year and perhaps wondering what the future will bring. Will you be able to find the time for more of what brings joy into your life? Will the magic door open to create more happiness for you?
When we come into this world, we don’t come in with a roadmap. No assurances as to precisely what our future will bring and the steps on how we should work through it. The ability to see with clarity the results of our actions and words would be a grand gift, indeed.
In your family caregiving days, it can be very easy and understandable to step into the river of doubt, frustration, or fear. Though there may not always be a clear direction or road map of our next steps, we can live with an open heart even through times when it’s been crushed.
Happiness in our lives doesn’t come from an outside source. Of course, finding help with your day-to-day chores would be a huge help. No doubt. But perhaps simply tapping into your inner happiness can give you the most significant breathing space of all.
Try the following; on a sheet of paper, make a list of things you would like to accomplish and perhaps need help with (something that will make your life easier).
Make a weekly meal plan (trust me on this one, this can save you time and money in the long run)
Walk at least 30 minutes every day, an hour even better (this is good for your body and your soul)
Spend 10 minutes in the evening writing in a gratitude journal (this creates a smile on your heart before you go to sleep)
Read something every week that inspires you (even small passages can make a difference
The article written by James Clear on Achieving Your Goals cites several studies on the topic. “Simply by writing down a plan that said exactly when and where they intended to exercise, the participants in Group 3 were much more likely to follow through.”
Your life is busy and filled with emotions, so taking the time to create a plan, a map if you will, of steps to take can help to eliminate chaos. One step at a time, give yourself an opportunity for peace.