Life is messy.  I’ve been hearing about this a lot lately.  And I’ve fallen into the trap too…  

There’s work, kids to take care of, pets to take care of, appointments to go to, yardwork, laundry, cooking, cleaning, schedules to manage, meal planning, vacation planning, financial planning, schedule planning, birthday parties to plan, family events, and on and on and on.  Oh, and the holidays are here, so there are big family meals to make, decorating to do, cleaning…never-ending cleaning, shopping, and on and on and on.

Whew!  I’m exhausted just writing that!

And, then, there are the unexpected things that happen – we get sick, our kids get sick, friends or family need extra help, etc.

We don’t have much time to take care of ourselves, and even if we do, we’re often watching the clock because we have to be somewhere else soon.

Maybe we even go on vacation, but it’s so busy that we are even more tired when we get home.

And we think we should be able to handle everything and help everyone.

Unfortunately, we’re wrong.

We aren’t superhuman.  We can’t do it all without sacrificing the things we can’t afford to sacrifice.

You’ve probably heard it a thousand times – you can’t help others if you aren’t healthy; you’re better for your family when you take care of yourself; you’re more productive when you get adequate sleep and exercise.

So, why do we skip exercise, eat convenient (read: unhealthy) food, stay up late, and get up early?  We say we “have” to because we have too much to get done.  And then we berate ourselves for not getting our unrealistic To Do List done.  And we feel guilty for sneaking in that 5 minutes to read our Facebook news feed.

We need to learn to be kind to ourselves.

We need to exercise regularly, eat healthily, sleep enough, etc.

But, doesn’t that really feel like there’s more on your To Do List?!?!

So, yes, do all of those things, but then give yourself a break if you don’t get everything done.  Don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty.

Even better…prioritize your To Do List, and realize what really must get done and what can wait.  I’ll bet there are things on your list that are less important than your health.  

It’s ok.  The sun will still come up tomorrow.  Even if the carpet didn’t get vacuumed.

And then you have another chance to try to prove that you’re superhuman.