Step #10 in Martha's plan for healthy living is Relaxation. When I read this, I laughed. Heartily. Does Martha really have the time to relax? She admits that she doesn't dedicate time to relaxation on a daily basis, but whenever possible, she relaxes by reading (on her Kindle, of course) or by watching a movie. And she does take some amazing vacations to unwind.
And then I thought about what I do for relaxation, and I laughed. Heartily. When do I have time for relaxation? Within moments, that raucous laughter petered out to a weak chuckle followed by whimpering. Relaxation is a good thing, and I do need to make it a priority for at least a few minutes each day. I often feel I don't have time, but I will, once I tear myself away from pointless internet surfing, stupid television shows and the other countless things I do that have no point other than to waste my time.
I think focusing on relaxation would also help. DH and I have several television shows we like to watch, which is relaxing (especially when we tivo through the commercials). However, I sometimes complicate this precious relaxation time by trying to get work done during the show. As a result, I am neither relaxing or getting work done, because I'm just not fully focused on either. Better to work when it's time to work, and relax when it's time to relax. Both things deserve my attention when it's their time.
And what can I do for relaxation besides watch tv? Behold!
Yes, that is the soaker tub in my bathroom. I intend to use it.
And then there are my back issues of MSL, some of which I don't yet have fully commited to memory. They might join me in the tub.
As far as Martha's plan for healthy living goes, I am falling short. In some areas (exercise), this matters. In other areas (morning juice, anyone?), it doesn't matter at all. Going forward, these are the areas I will concentrate on to become more like Martha:
1. Exercise. Time is always an issue, but I have a fitness DVD on the way. My goal is to work out for 30 minutes every day.
2. Water. I need to drink more of it, whether it's infused or not.
3. Calender. I need to resurrect my mad planning skillz and get back to using a planner. If nothing else, I need it to remember important dates (Happy belated birthday to Wendy J.!) and meetings.
Falling short of Martha's plan for healthy living is disheartening. But now I know how she makes it work and I'm using her ten steps to formulate my own plan for healthy living. With these secrets, I too can be on my way to world-domination. Bwahahaha! That's me laughing. Heartily.