The New Four Letter Word: Busy

November 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

This has to be the one thing I struggle most with. Working toward a PhD is demanding. I like to think of myself as someone who values health, cooking, good food, exercise, getting outdoors etc. But I’m learning, regrettably through much trial and error, that I can only ask so much of myself each day without sacrificing my health. Staying up until 2…4…6am to meet deadlines that fit around someone else’s schedule isn’t prioritizing my health. I have to own up to the fact that agreeing to unrealistic deadlines is my choice and that saying ‘no’ is a really important decision that I need to start being comfortable making. I’ve posted about the word ‘busy’ in the past, but this wonderful article from Port Moody Integrated health was a timely reminder for me. This is the passage that hit home for me:

“Our days are full of choices and decisions.  Every decision we make, we are also making a decision to not do something else.  We don’t have time to do everything we want to do everyday, but we do have time to do everything that we value as important.  If eating healthy meals, exercise, drinking water, sleep, are not valuable to you, then chances are that you will fill up the time with what is more important.  Even if we could add hours onto the day, you would still fill that time with what is important to you.  When you decide that health is important, you will find the time to do the steps necessary to take care of your body.”

via The New Four Letter Word: Busy | Port Moody Integrated Health.


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