Day 19 - Reducing Stress One To-Do at a Time

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Today's Challenge day is written by a fellow Practitioner, Liz Escoffery.  Liz is a FertilityCare Practitioner located in Indiana. 

She is giving us a another tool to reduce the stress in our lives.

I make a list for everything: a list for the grocery store, a list of work to-dos, a list of personal to-dos, a list of to-dos for my toddler son.

It seems like no matter how much time I set apart for my to-do list, it keeps growing longer and longer.

That’s why, in addition to a long-term to-do list, a daily to-do list is critical for keeping me sane and focused, and is one thing that I hope is helpful to you for stress management.

  • For today’s fertility challenge. I want to challenge you to write a to-do list for today and complete the tasks on it.

Make it visually appealing to look at by putting it on a pretty piece of stationary.

On the top, you should write today’s date, three things you have to do, and one thing you would really like to do for yourself. Ideally, it should be something that is life-giving and that brings you joy.

Some ideas include: chatting with a good friend, journaling, reading a few chapters of a book, praying, or buying yourself some fresh flowers to spruce up your house.

  • Figure out which thing on your list is going to be most challenging.

Is it making that phone call? Running that errand across town? Organizing that catch-all closet? If at all possible, do that first.

You will feel better about accomplishing the most difficult task on your list which will give you a surge of energy and adrenaline to help you complete the remainder of your tasks.

  • After that, decide and “schedule” approximately when and how you plan to accomplish each of the remaining three things.

If you run out of time to accomplish everything, do not skip the “one thing you would really like to do for yourself”.

Time for you matters and there will be time for what did not get done today, tomorrow.

You are in my thoughts as you complete the rest of this 31-day fertility challenge!!

Don't forget to Share with others.  If you missed the last 2 weeks of Nutrition and Exercise Challenges or the Stress Challenges, you can find them on the 31 Day Fertility Care Challenge Pinterest Board.

 

Liz Escoffery, FCP is a FertilityCare Practitioner. She has been working with women and couples wanting to learn the Creighton Model of FertilityCare locally and long-distance for the past 2 ½ years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Theology at St. Meinrad. She, her husband, and toddler son live in beautiful Indianapolis where she enjoys gourmet cooking and crafting in her free time. http://www.facebook.com/lizescofferyFCP