Do you sometimes feel that you are chasing your tail? No time, not satisfied with your lifestyle, feeling that you are just Surviving rather than Thriving? You need to TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE NOW!
Taking charge of your life to Thrive
Life can be complex. We have many areas of our life and people in our life that influence how we live and what we get out of life. It isn’t easy to accept that we have the choice of how we live our life. We are probably used to being a partner, mother, daughter, friend and feel the weight of responsibilities in our life. Most of us would say that compromise plays a big part in life if we are in relationships, have children or aging parents. BUT WE ARE INDIVIDUALS TOO AND WE NEED TO FEEL IN CONTROL OF OUR LIFE AND HOW WE LIVE IT.
Taking charge of your thoughts
I’ve recently been reading Self-Coaching 101 – How to Use Your Mind to Feel Better by Brooke Castillo. Her model, CTFAR is a tool to use to change the way we look at problems she explains that it’s purpose is:
to change the thoughts that cause you to suffer. You get to decide what you think and you have the option of thinking something terrible or thinking something that feels great.
Our thoughts play an enormous part in how we view life. As I wrote in ‘N’ is for Negative Self-Talk – Silencing your inner critic , we can develop a ‘negative spin cycle’ and can become slaves to our negative thoughts. Of course, we can’t stop negative thoughts coming into our minds. That is part of being human. What we can do is take charge of our thinking and consciously try to overcome the negative by addressing the thoughts and why we are feeling the way we are.
Taking charge of your time
We all have the same number of hours in a week but how you spend those 168 hours is up to you. If you feel that you are overwhelmed with no quality time then TAKE CHARGE. Look at where your time is going. Write down everything you do each day for a week and see where you can make changes. You might be surprised to see where all of your time goes, how much is productive or enjoyable and how much is wasted or perhaps not even important.
Taking charge of your time will ensure that you can enjoy your lifestyle rather than constantly feeling that you are running in circles. Make a point of including some quality time each day for yourself, partner time, family and friends time. It might mean getting up earlier than you usually do or making a regular date night in your diary. My daughter and her husband take family walks with my grandson and grandpuppy, each evening. It is a time for them to chat, walk Poochie, get some exercise and just have time out of the house and away from technology.
Take charge of your time by reducing the amount of time you spend on social media. Taking a technology free day is ideal but if you can’t, make sure you don’t sit looking at screens for hours on end. You don’t have to answer that email right now. You don’t need to respond to that text that isn’t urgent, right now. Make conscious decisions on how you react to technology each day.
Taking charge of your health
I am passionate about keeping fit and active at any stage of life. Taking charge of your health by:
- Eating well,
- exercising regularly,
- resting your mind,
- taking time out for reflection and gratitude,
- getting enough sleep
- annual check ups with your GP
- annual screening because of family medical history
all combine to keep you healthy and thriving
What is one thing you can do today to take charge of your life?
In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘U’ is for Understanding – How self-awareness can help you Thrive. I do hope you will join me.
You might also like to check out my Over 50 & Thriving series. In this series, published every Thursday, guest writers give insight into what ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ means to them.
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