“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
I have blogged about organizing your “stuff” in preparation for a transition and talked about the emotional issues that can get in the way of smooth, focused transitions. It is time to bring it all together with health, wellness and energy!
You have started to organize your home, clothes, papers, projects and more. This will give you a sense of calm, at least a little bit, as you move forward and create a space in your home, office or dorm room where you can actually relax, think and re-energize.
Next, I discussed a few of the emotional components of transitioning.
- How will you say goodbye to your rising college student?
- What will it be like to have an empty nest?
- What will happen when you leave one town for another?
- What is the first step in dealing with back taxes now that your papers and receipts are in order?
Now, focus on taking care of yourself – mind, body and spirit- to find the energy to proceed. Here are a few tips to get you moving in a positive direction toward health and wellness. Add your own ideas, strategies and personal touch to make each day more enjoyable and energized!
- Start each day with a moment of gratitude
- Listen to music
- Exercise 10 -15 minutes daily. Work your way up to a longer workout at least 3 days per week.
- Get out of your chair and stretch
- Move AWAY from the computer at least every hour
- Silence all electronics during meals and conversations
- Chew your food and savor the flavor
- Park on the far side of the shopping mall and stroll to the entrance
- Meditate for a few minutes throughout the day, wherever you may be (except for driving). You don’t have to close your eyes – just focus on a point in the room, on the wall, even in your cup of coffee.
- Take time to appreciate nature/stop and smell the roses!
- Hire a coach to help you focus on your goals as an empty-nester or the new guy in town.
- If you find that your emotions are difficult to control, seek the help of a mental health professional.
Wishing you health, wellness and energy to make all your transitions organized and stress-free!