Reply To: What do you do to make life easier?

December 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

All the time, I am making various adjustments to the ordinary tasks of living in order to make them easier for me to manage, such as:
Carry smaller loads, lift smaller things, stand for shorter periods of time, sit and lie down when tired, dress warmly, eat right, try to get enough sleep.
Try to do my tasks comfortably, in manageable segments.
Pamper myself at times with something special to eat, a home-spa hour, wearing something nice from the closet, eating from my good china with soft music in the background.
I turn OFF the tv, computer, radio, phone ringer, and don’t answer the door when I want some quality solitude. I stay home, and don’t stress myself going downtown, only shopping when necessary. I enjoy my hobbies, and set goals and enjoy working on them. I still try to do some of the things I used to do, but I take into account my own present frailities. I regularly downsize my posessions and simplify my living space, so I can manage the cleaning and upkeep better. I try to find a better way to manage the little difficulties, so often I am focussed on problem-solving little things; sometimes the answers come soon, sometimes later.
Find something good and beautiful in the day, count my blessings every night as I fall asleep, try to focus on the positive instead of letting the negative overwhelm me.
When I awake in the morning, I remind myself that the first half hour is the hardest, the greatest pain. I limber up slowly and gradually, then get up and get on with my day. I know that my first 3 hours of every day are my most productive, so I plan important things to be done at that time.
When out and about, I focus on what I have to do, not on everything and everyone around me (watch out for accident situations, though). This way, I have enough energy to make it through the tasks without feeling too tired out from absorbing & dealing with all that is around me. Lots of times, I just look up and walk along enjoying the sky, the trees and the beauty of nature. And it brings me into closer communion with the Lord, to focus on fewer things, but the right things. “He restoreth my soul”.