I wish I was the kind of person who worked ahead and always had some blog posts just ready to be scheduled. If you’ve read my blog very often, you know that’s just not me. Sometimes my ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ comes back to bite me. Monday was one of those times.
Saturday I woke up not feeling great, but we had planned to buy groceries, so that’s what we did. We were gone for less than an hour, but by the time we got home and got everything put away, I was completely worn out. That afternoon, I realized my throat was feeling scratchy, and things just went downhill from there. I never had a fever, so I suspect it was just seasonal allergies, but I still felt awful. Monday was even worse.
Because I didn’t have my post already done, I didn’t have a blog post to schedule on Monday.
Now I could beat myself up for not sticking to my schedule, or think that because I blew it on Monday I might as well give up on this blogging gig, but instead, I’ll just press on from here. After all, missing one post isn’t the end of the world, is it?
It sounds ridiculous to think that someone would consider giving up because they missed one blog post, doesn’t it?
But how often do we do that with our wellness efforts?
How many times do we decide that since we messed up with our [eating….exercise….meditation….whatever wellness behaviors we’re working on] we’ve completely blown it? Once we start to get into that all-or-nothing mindset, we start to think “why bother? I can’t stay consistent with this, so I might as well stop trying.” Believe me, I’ve seen this more times than I can count.
There are always going to be times when we have, as we southerners say, “a monkey wrench thrown into the system.” We’re going to have interruptions, and it’s important to have a plan for what to do if that happens. Life isn’t perfect. If we don’t expect and plan for those times when things don’t go according to plan, we can them derail us.
With that in mind, this week let’s ask ourselves:
As we talked about in Making Room for “Real Life” in Your Wellness Plan, we often feel as if we have to have a perfect plan and stick to it perfectly. Honestly, though, that’s just not realistic. As Winston Churchill famously said, “Perfection is the enemy of progress.”
In order to make consistent forward progress with our wellness, we need to expect interruptions. Having a plan to deal with them and get back on track can keep us from feeling guilty if we don’t do things perfectly.
Have you ever experienced that all-or-nothing thinking where you thought since you didn’t do something perfectly you should just not even try anymore? What have you found helpful for dealing with those inevitable interruptions in your wellness plan? Please share!
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