Many of us deal with fear/anxiety/depression. It can be overwhelming. It can be hard to get up in the morning and get moving. It can be hard to break bad habits that keep us weighted down to the past or keep us from moving forward. What can we do to make practical changes in our lives that will propel us out of the funk?
Creating a new routine or schedule may be just the ticket. I often think about the things I want to get done each day. Clean the house, pay bills, exercise, set a side time for prayer, create a weekly meal plan. Call a friend, organize a drawer, spend quality time with loved ones. You name it. We all have things that we would like to get accomplished each day, but we tend to find ourselves lacking motivation or enthusiasm to get up and do what we should be doing. Instead we waste our time watching TV or scrolling through social media for hours a day. Our conversations with others are not focused. We are distracted. Before you know it, 2 hours have gone by and we haven’t done what we wanted to do.
Creating a written routine or schedule can be helpful. Whether you want to use your phone or go old school and write it down on a piece of paper, figure out the things that you usually don’t get done in your day that you wish you would. Then determine where you can fit these items in. For example, I need to get my laundry done tonight. I often forget about it until I am ready to go to bed. Then I end up staying up later than I should and throw off my sleep time. Today, I am going to write out my after work schedule. *Stop at grocery store, pick up son from practice, start load of laundry, make dinner, clean up, continue laundry, spend time with hubby, finish laundry, watch TV, go to bed by 10:15.
It may not sound like a big thing to plan it out like this but it can be helpful and keep us on task. When we are able to get things accomplished in our day it makes us feel better and often times helps to abate some anxiety and give us confidence. Confidence can lend itself to fearlessness.
Begin today. Write out your plan for the day. Don’t sweat if something throws you a curve ball and you can’t complete your task list for the day. Simply review it at the end of the day and see where you can fit it in tomorrow. Just having things written down often times can be enough to get us through the day and keep us motivated.
You Can Do It!