(This is the last of a 3 part series on “Fair Weather Thinking” that will be published in the month of July. “Fair Weather Thinking” is designed to help you identify possibilities in your life by helping you clear the path of mental and physical debris that can cloud good decision-making. Think clearly, because your life is a result of the choices you make. Part I and Part II can be read here).
In the previous 2 posts about “Fair Weather Thinking” we discussed some tools for clearing the mental clutter you create. I’m sure you thought I sounded like your mother – “Clean your room!” “Clean your mind!” “If you put it there, you can surely pick it up and put it in its place.” Yes, it is kind of like that, and that mother’s voice in your head can be useful…at times. (Though we may need a post on how to ball-gag the mother…just sayin’).
Here’s a quick recap of steps 1 – 6:
I’m a believer that once we clean our own houses, even mental “rooms,” it’s easier to see the light.(click to Tweet) Today we’ll focus on home maintenance. Are the gutters falling off your humble abode? Have leaky faucets? Dirty windows? Of course, this is all figurative language, but seriously, you have to take care of your body as well as your mind in order to have “Fair Weather Thinking.”
Sure, you may have some physical challenges that you can don’t have much control over, and I get that. I’ve seen people with challenges do some pretty amazing things. How about Nick Vujicic? Respecting the body’s limits, and good self care are important. Steps 1 through 5 should help you overcome some of those obstacles – or at least clear your mind to see possibilities of getting around them. Now, let’s move on to the body, the dwelling of your mind and soul. We need to honor that and optimize it.
Here are a couple ideas for keeping the body in ready for good decision making:
7. Take care of your physical well-being. Be aware of when you are too tired, too lonely, too hungry to make decisions and don’t make them at that time. The healthier we are, the more clear-minded we are. This may mean making adjustments to your diet, your sleep patterns and yes, even getting exercise. Exercise clears the mind. Don’t over-indulge and avoid self-abusive behaviour. Are you taking your vitamins? (There’s your mother again!).
8. Manage your stress – Exercise, meditation, taking breaks and treating yourself to the things you enjoy are all good ways to manage stress. Listen to music you love or take a break and catch a good movie. If you find yourself overwhelmed, seek resources for stress management. Don’t let it beat you! Stress + Big Decisions = Questionable Outcomes. (click to Tweet) If it’s feasible, say “no” to making commitments and decisions during times of high stress. Take time to compose yourself, be sure you’ve addressed step 7 and THEN make a decision.
Imagine, for a moment, how balanced and healthy you’ll feel when you clear the mental and physical clutter. The energy gained in clutter free living makes it easier to tackle life’s undertakings and lights the fuse for creative endeavors. Keeping the mind clear and body strong is key. Even if you feel like everything is great now, remember, our houses need maintenance. Most roofs have an “economic life expectancy” of 20 years, yet they are essential to keeping the contents safe and in working order. So, dump the clutter, live lightly, live healthily and practice the art of the well lived life.
Be well and keep the rain out,
Michelle Andres is a writer, artist and coach who nudges, nay, shoves, her clients in the direction of their dreams, helping them to overcome non-productive behaviours and enjoy more success in their lives.
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