Health and Wellness Fridays: Slow Down Before You Go Down

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Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!

Fridays, for many of us, signify the end of the work week and we just want to kick back and relax. This is normal, healthy and understandable. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can often leave us feeling exhausted and stressed out. However, even after working hard some of us have difficulty making and taking time for ourselves to truly rest and recuperate.

I will admit I’ve been guilt of this in the past. How many of us look forward to the weekend but then have anxiety step in because of all the thoughts in our minds of what must be done and the limited time we have to complete them? This often causes a love/ hate relationship with the weekend for many.

So we take a deep breath and try to enjoy whatever little ‘me’ time we can get at the end of it all. Unfortunately, sleep time does not count but it is essential for the body and mind. Before we know it, the weekend is over and it is back to work. We start our new work week not completely rested but push through anyway because we have to.

Eventually, I came to this realization, ‘all of this constant running around week after week is physically and mentally draining you. This current pattern leaves you with just enough time for the basics of life – to eat and sleep. Where is the joy and the fun? You better slow down, before you go down.’

Talk about a revelation. I had to sit down and really review my life especially the recreational aspect of it. Why? It was non-existent.

This new pattern of behaviour is what my self-talk eventually resulted it.

  1. Starting my day with prayer and worship music. I have found that talking to God first thing each morning helps sets the tone for the day. I feel at peace and I’m more relaxed.
  2. Making sure to start my day with a healthy and nourishing breakfast. I found that skipping meals not only affected my mood but also caused me to make unwise food decisions later in the day that only made me feeling guilty afterward.
  3. Make doing something or going somewhere fun a mandatory experience on the weekend. Indoors or outdoors it does not matter once I’m enjoying it and have the kids participate.
  4. I started doing more of my chores like (washing and cleaning) during the week and this freed up my weekend and my mind from those chores.
  5. Creating a period within the day where I have at least 45 minutes to an hour for myself where I do nothing but relax. Sit down and read a chapter or two, catch up my reading of blogs or listening to music. Whatever you decide but no work and no stressing out. If you have kids make sure they are properly supervised first and just take this time to clear your mind and rest your body.

This new routine I have implemented in my life has honestly given me a sense of clarity, joy and peace that my life was lacking before. If you are, like I used to be, then I suggest you slow down before you go down.

You have to create the time for YOU. That is the only way you would be able to truly relax and unwind. I didn’t know what to do with my time to tell you the truth when I got it but I have learnt to create moments of happiness whenever and wherever I can.

I look forward to the weekend now because I have a different attitude, approach and perspective. I’m no longer letting my weekend dictate what I do but instead I determine where and what I would like to do with my time and schedule life around that. That way I’m not just existing within my life but actually living it.

However, you choose to spend your weekends try to ensure you get time to enjoy what YOU love.

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Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

Make this weekend a great one. 🙂

Different Interpretations of Truth

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Is there such a thing as ‘different interpretations of the truth’?

Truth is the ability to be honest with ourselves and others even when and if we are wrong. 

There are instances when the ‘truth’ can become blurry.  This can occur when two or more persons recall fragments of an event or events based on what and how they remember them especially if they were emotionally charged at that time.

Whenever this happens we often end up with (3) three versions of ‘truth’ emerging:

  • Your version (which is the ‘truth’ as you perceived it)
  • His or Her version (which is the ‘truth’ as the other person perceived it)
  • Reality (what actually happened – which sometimes does not have an audience to validate or confirm what in reality occurred)

Some may argue, that the ‘truth’ is the truth and there is no differentiation.  However, if that were so how can two or more people be present at the same event and some report events differently than others as to what actually occurred.  One explanation could be that some may be purposely lying or withholding details.

Likewise, another explanation could be when situations get heated our emotions can go on overdrive causing us to see and hear only bits and pieces of information because mentally we are so charged up playing back whatever upset us that everything else going on around us sounds like noise and distortion.  We are angry and hurt and unfortunately when we get like this very little matters after that.

So yes, there are different versions of truth because for each of us in that moment how we feel about our situations are real to each of us.   When it comes to feelings and emotions it is not always so easy to control.  What we can do however, is try not to do and say things out of anger for once this happens the words can’t be undone.

Remember, the truth is our ability to be honest with ourselves and others even when and if we wrong.   When dealing with difficult situations it is therefore important that we keep our minds open and be slow to speak.   Once we get too emotionally charged things can get blurry and we don’t want that.

If you happen to be a bystander in an event, it is important that you try to stay unbiased because the persons involved would need objectivity and a clear mind to help them resolve their issue(s).

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. 🙂