It seems like my Wednesday posts have become ones of reflection (since I had every intention of sharing something personal for Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month today). But as every writer may be reluctant to confess, sometimes you just can’t plan your content out as well on paper as you dreamed it in your head.
Lately, I’ve felt like I’ve been going a million miles an hour (sadly, with no end in sight for the foreseeable future). Each day has been packed from morning to night, and I couldn’t tell you the last time I “slept in” on a Saturday or Sunday. But remarkably, I’ve been able to take it all in stride (where as the “old me” would have surely had an anxiety attack by now).
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been better about time management and what I choose to spend my time on. I’m less hard on myself if I physically can’t get through my ridiculously long to-do list than I used to be, and I certainly have more of an appreciation for self-care. I fret less about things that are completely out of my control and care more about life experiences and living each day to the fullest.
So what’s to account for this new mindset shift? I can’t say it is entirely age or wisdom. Perhaps it’s acceptance. Or maybe, I’m just too busy to sweat the things I used to. Whatever it is, this whole new perspective has allowed me to enjoy life, feel more grateful, and be happier overall.
If you’re looking to make a mindset shift of your own, start by taking notes. What makes you happy? What stresses you out? What are ways you can alleviate some of the stressors in your life? In an ideal world, we’d be able to just eliminate anything that brings us stress. But since we can’t, we must learn to focus more on the positives and what we can control. Spending some time with your thoughts and taking even a mental inventory of all of the things going on in your life may be just what you need to come away with a new mindset.
Even with this new mindset, I still like to remind myself that it’s okay to be a masterpiece and work in progress at the same time. So, be sure to cut yourself some slack while you are figuring it all out.