What’s really saving my life is a loving God who is in control and hears me. My Tuesday morning prayer group means more than I can express. Also, meditating on Psalm 23 when I can’t sleep brings me comfort. In fact, it’s been so helpful that I’m teaching it to the kids in my Sunday School class.
Aside from those foundational things, there’s been some experts that I’ve stumbled on whose words are saving my life.
Sometimes it’s a shift in perspective or outlook. Sometimes it’s practical changes they suggest that make a difference.
Either way, the saying should be you are what you read.
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It’s hard to overestimate how much Izabella Wentz has impacted my health for the better.
There’s been many twists on my health journey the past 15 years. Rarely have doctors or conventional medicine been helpful. Mostly they’ve just been expensive. What’s really helped has been my sister (who is a medical professional), correct diagnosis, and the dietary changes and supplements I’ve taken in response to Izabella Wentz’s advice.
The short version is that I’ve suffered for more than a quarter century with issues that I thought were thyroid problems, but my doctor said my levels were normal.
It wasn’t until my sister recommended the right tests that pinpointed the real problems and the correct diagnosis: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Once that was determined, I started stalking Izabella’s content. I’ve read countless blog posts and have all three of her books.
It’s been a hit and miss process, trying different supplements and dietary changes. Some things have made a dramatic difference. Others have not.
The most noticeable advantages came from taking selenium, iron and magnesium supplements and eating gluten free.
The biggest change is no longer dealing with migraines. I’m so thankful for that.
I also have more energy, less anxiety. Cold intolerance is much less of a problem than it used to be. That one is huge, especially in Indiana in the winter. The hair loss fluctuates. Sometimes it’s a problem, sometimes it’s not. Hot flashes are not as bad.
It’s amazing how your physical health is so integrated with every other type of health.
The supplements and dietary changes have made a difference in how I feel. Back in the days when I didn’t even know what I was up against, all I knew was that I was miserable. I didn’t even know if it was physical, emotional or relational.
Two recent changes that help are taking magnesium at bedtime and the homemade granola recipe from the cookbook.
I’m addicted to the granola. Can’t stop eating it. I don’t feel too guilty about it, because it’s from a health cookbook, right?
The magnesium has made a difference in my sleep, because the combination of menopause and Hashimoto’s has resulted in sleep difficulties. The most frequent is night waking and not being able to get back to sleep.
When I run out of magnesium and I’m waiting for a new delivery, I can tell a difference in the quality of my sleep. I try hard not to skip it, because I feel so much better when I’m sleeping well. I’ve also noticed a difference in my memory since taking it. I’m a believer.
Overwhelm is just discouraging. Feeling like you’re losing is disheartening and demotivating. The pain is real.
The words of two different people are helping me deal.
Kendra Adachi coined the phrase Lazy Genius, meaning being a genius about what matters and lazy about what doesn’t.
She talks a lot about name what matters.
Dropping balls that you are responsible for keeping up in the air is just no fun. That is one reason why I wrote about glass balls and rubber balls. Which is exactly the point that Kendra Adachi makes with name what matters. When you identify those glass balls, you can concentrate on keeping them up. You can let the rubber balls drop with confidence, knowing they’ll be there when you chase them later.
Why is name what matters so important? Because you don’t want to have regrets.
You don’t want analysis paralysis. If you decide ahead of time, you can move forward. You also have a framework for making decisions about interruptions and detours so you don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.
Other Lazy Genius principles are helpful, too. But, the relief comes when you accept that you don’t have to be a genius about everything. You can be lazy about some things. You get to choose what matters.
Feeling overwhelmed is not a good way to live. Living with purpose is. Accepting that you have too much to do and acknowledging that you are doing the most important things can give you peace that little else can. It’s okay to be failing at what matters least if you are winning at what matters most.
That’s what name what matters can do for you.
Find Kendra’s podcast, information on her book and all things Lazy Genius here.
Rosemarie is founder of the Busy Budgeter and Hot Mess to Home Success online course.
Just reading her free content has been helpful.
Rosemarie’s advice helps in the practical. She also has strategies that overcome procrastination and the paralysis that comes from feeling overwhelmed. Knowing that you’re winning the game is so much more powerful than feeling like you’re losing.
Doing laundry, dishes and scheduling every day has helped my stress. I don’t have to name what matters or decide what is the most important thing to do that day, I just do it. The things that matter, the most important things come after that.
Rosemarie points out how everything is interconnected.
How budgeting affects your schedule and your every day routines in your home. Your every day routines affect your budget, especially how much you pay for food.
Doing one load of laundry every day has made a difference in my life. Keeping up with the daily has always been a problem for me. Having it spelled out in simple terms step by step help. It has helped with the overwhelm.
Feeling overwhelmed is just not fun, it’s demotivating. It sparks arguments and invokes guilt feelings.
It’s amazing how some minor tweaks have reduced my inner stress.