You are busy and your schedule is crazy and seriously hectic. You don’t have time for yourself or time for much else. I understand because I was just like that, overwhelmed and overextended. I was working 80 hours a week between a job that paid the bills and work that I hoped would pay the bills one day. I was trying to squeeze in time for family and friends and a spouse. I had pretty much given up on time to run, do yoga, read a book, or spend time relaxing. My life was so out of control that I felt like I was falling completely apart. I never, ever got enough sleep and I became very adept, or so I thought, at burning the candle at both ends. I had an hour commute to work every morning and I would often be the last one to leave. Then I had another hour commute home. Followed by work till the late hours of the night and into the early morning most of the time. I’m not sure how long the insanity lasted; too long, by my standards. My primary job was already intensely stressful just by itself. Every day, I would get to work and have to face hours of relentless pressure. I would often not be able to take a break to even eat or get a glass of water or a cup of tea. I was well paid but I hated almost every second of work. Due to my exhaustion, I was unable to focus and started making mistakes at my job. My friends and family were almost completely abandoned. I would make plans optimistically squeezing them into a schedule that was already bursting at the seams. I didn’t have time to deal with anything much less spend a whole day with the people that I loved. Plans had a way of getting canceled and I felt overburdened. I would try to find a way to arrange my schedule to fit in any special events but I was really trying to sod too much. I no longer recognized the person that I had become or felt like my old happy, reliable self. I had reached the point that something needed to change. I could not go on anymore. I bought a notebook and wrote a heartfelt journal entry. I poured out the truth on every page. I wrote what I wanted to change and what I missed about myself and my life. I wrote about what I would do if I only had the time. I would like to say that I was able to implement those changes immediately and that things got better overnight. They did not. However, in those pages, I poured out my heart. What I wrote that day started the process of simplification for me. The day I wrote that journal entry was a wake-up call. I needed to make some changes and focus on what truly made me happy. It was a slow process but one that I am pleased to say has really made a big difference in my life. I feel better, I look better and my life is better. I have a positive outlook on life and I spend time relaxing. I plan and do fun activities with my husband. I see my family and friends more often. Life isn’t perfect but it is much less stressful. Here, I will share some insight, suggestions and advice so that you can make some positive changes in your life. It’s time to focus on the essentials and reduce your stress. It’s time to take control of your life.
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