Review of Week 13 – Nurturing Your Body in a BIG Way

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, instead of giving into the demands of daily life and feeling disconnected to my body, I took time to connect with my body.

I awakened my olfactory sense with scented creams, soaps, perfume, and bubble bath.

I wore soft, fleecy clothing against my skin.

I connected to my life force by breathing, exercising and sweating – pumping blood and oxygen through the cells of my body.

I drank a large, nutritious fruit and spinach smoothie each day – a healthy drink, and a handy small meal substitute.

I listened to calming music which soothed my ears.

Nurturing my body removed tension and stress, had positive benefits on my mind and health as well, and by the end of the week, I felt like I was in paradise 🙂

Do You Live on The “Someday I’Il” Philosophy?

We all do it – put off a responsibility until later because we don’t feel like doing it now.

But when we avoid paying the utility bill, for example, we receive an overdue notice, and eventually a disconnection notice, which increases our stress.

“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the “someday I’ll” philosophy.” –Denis Waitley,  (Author of The Psychology of Winning)

Mark Kennedy says these four tips will help you overcome the habit of putting things off:

1)        Say “I choose” rather than “I have to” when referring to duties, so it doesn’t sound like you are being forced to do something.

2)        Focus on STARTING a project, not FINISHING a project, because it sounds like it will take too long to complete it.

3)        Focus on repeatedly starting something. This revs up your motivation, and finishing creates stress.  “When can I start?” is what you ask yourself, and break the project down into
smaller pieces so it’s not overwhelming.

4)        Schedule in your playtime first, before you tackle your duties and then it  gives you something to look forward to.  This helps you avoid burnout, and lets you manage your work time.