My Story: 365 day blog challenge Day 52 The first day of the rest of my life…

365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
Day 52
89. Today is the first day of the rest of your life, and you’re going to…

Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I’m going to…..  start taking better care of myself both physically and emotionally.  Time is going so fast.  I feel like life is passing by and I am spending so much of my time either worrying, stressed out, overworked or just plan tired, when all I really want is just to be happy and content.

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It is scary when you realize that each birthday is coming faster and faster and the years are going by quicker then a blink of an eye.  As we start to get older and realize that our time is becoming more limited, it makes you wonder why in the world we spend so many of our days wasting our time doing things that really are not important, instead of spending our hours enjoying the things and people that we love.  I for one spend way to much time working.  Even when I’m not working, I’m worrying about it or mentally thinking about what I need to work on the next day.  I understand that work is important.  After all, without it, I wouldn’t have a penny to my name.  But should it mean so much?  Should I be spending weekends and evenings working or stressing about work instead of decompressing and enjoying the few free hours I have with the people I love?

All of the stress and anxiety that I put on myself is also starting to take a toll on my physically.  I’m noticing that my health is not as good as it should be for someone my age.  Part of this is weight issues and the fact that I just have zero energy after working all day to do any type of exercise.  Stress and anxiety also contributes to bad sleep, which is not good for my mental or physical health.  I believe I get about 4-5 hours of sleep per night total.  When I put my body through so much emotional turmoil all day, it probably needs a good 8-9 hours a night to heal.  Yet, I don’t give it an opportunity to do that and it is starting to show.

So my hope for the first day of the rest of my life is to slow down and enjoy the days that I still have left.  Learn to distinguish between what is really important and the things I am just stressing over for no real reason.  Learning to put myself as a priority is not something that comes easily for me.  It is something I have struggled with the majority of my life.  However, as the years are passing, I’m seeing the importance of taking the time I need to make sure I am physically and mental healthy.

“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you” 
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

 

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