Why it's okay, even essential, to put yourself first.

The toilet overflows, you need to change your ostomy system (yesterday), your child's school project is due, the car needs repairs, bills need to be paid, work has you up late, you forget to order ostomy supplies (again).

Ever have one of those days?

Some days it feels as if the entire world is conspiring to overschedule us. If your days feel frantic and your constant to-do list is enough to keep you up at night, you might be on the path to burnout. Believe me, I know. Sometimes I’m not sure how I'm going to make it, but somehow I always do and so will you.

Cell phones. An example that life is too busy using every conceivable electronic device or scheduling every conceivable activity. Many of us live at a frantic pace because we're always connected. The key to maintaining simplicity in life focusing on my values and purpose which give me clarity on what’s most important. 

There will always be times when I feel hurried or spread thin with too many tasks. Busyness does not equal importance. Stress is real, but we always have a choice to let it consume us or learn to control it. At these moments, I stop from the busyness of doing and thinking to simply BE, taking in a few deep breaths. This gives my mind the break it is screaming out for, to allow it to rest, and return to a calm. 

It's so important to keep a healthy mind and body when you're living with an ostomy, and not just during recovery, but life in general. What is your quiet place? The place you go to relax and get away from the chaos. We all need quiet time each day to pause and rest. It’s not worth it to continuously sacrifice your health for productivity. 

Pay attention to the moments in your life when you need to stop everything. Rest won’t necessarily fix our problems, but it can help reboot our attitudes. No matter how full a schedule, put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day.

It’s not worth it to continuously sacrifice your health for productivity.

It’s not worth it to continuously sacrifice your health for productivity.

This article was made possible by a sponsorship from our friends at Nu-Hope Laboratories.