So they decided to cut the tail of Mike's horse short. That worked for a while, but then they saw that the poor horse couldn''t brush the flies away and the tail grew back in pretty soon anyway. So they decided to measure the heights of the horses. And sure enough, the black horse was two inches taller than the white one. Oh, well. Get to know the signs that you are ready to take a break. For example, increased pain in a certain body part or a rushed feeling could warn you that you are nearing the safe limits of activity. Do you tend to go back and forth between doing lots of activity and taking lots of rest? Create a routine that involves doing a moderate amount of activity, as your health allows, whether you feel good or bad. Try making a flexible plan for each week, so that you can spread out activity more evenly. Build in a lighter backup plan in case you don't feel well. Find some gentle activities that work even when you feel very unwell. Work on a good flare-up plan so that you can act fast to keep "crashes" under control. "The Two Woodcutters" is a traditional story that offers an interesting way to look at pacing. In this story, a young woodcutter is hard at work chopping down trees in a forest. He notices an old woodcutter working nearby. At the end of the day, he is surprised to see that the old woodcutter has chopped more wood than him. The young woodcutter decides to start work early the next day so that he can chop the most wood. Not only does the old woodcutter come to work later, but he seems to take several rest breaks throughout the day. And yet, at the end of the day, the old woodcutter has the larger pile of logs.

The young woodcutter is determined to cut the most wood. The next day he starts even earlier, works all day without even a break for lunch, and stays late. Still, the old woodcutter chops more wood. In frustration, the young woodcutter asks, "How do you do it? I am younger and stronger! I work longer hours and don't take breaks! How do you always manage to cut more logs than me?" As a recovering procrastinator, you may have faced a particular problem many of us have also experienced. It concerns our practice of taking a break, but not resuming work after that break should have ended. The best way to avoid encountering this problem is to avoid taking unnecessary breaks. Notice that I specifically referred to unnecessary breaks. While we want to avoid taking unnecessary breaks because they can affect our productivity, we always need to preserve our right to take breaks when we truly need them. We never want to overwork ourselves, because that could backfire on fire on us by depleting our reserves of mental and/or physical energy, which might then make us feel panicked and overwhelmed. For people like us, that's a recipe for disaster. As long as you keep that in mind, you should be all right. One of my favorite quotes about self-care and proof of the power of words is by Wayne Dyer. It resonates in my soul every day: You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an Now it's your time to pull out your binder or computer and write about your wellness journey, from resisting self-care to embracing self-care.

Answer the following questions to help you on your self-care journey. Have you checked with a trusted healthcare professional to assist you with your healthcare? If so, what recommendations were made? And how do you plan to get started? Have you resisted the advice of your trusted healthcare professional? If so, why? Are you resisting self-care? If so, why? Have you ever given yourself excuses to resist self-care? If so, what were the excuses? And how do you plan to turn your excuses around to an action? In what ways do you sabotage your self-care? Why do you think you do this? What telltale signs or symptoms is your body displaying? Are you ignoring your symptoms? If so, why? What is your greatest concern about your health? And how do you plan to address your concerns? Are you experiencing fear, anxiety, or stress in taking care yourself? If so, what are your fears?

And why do you think you are feeling this way? Have you spoken to a mental healthcare professional to get support? Do you have a support team to assist you? If so, who are the members? If you do not have a support team, why not? And what are your plans to create one? What are the five most powerful words of affirmation you can think of? Are you committed to speaking those affirmations daily? And what are the benefits for you? Have you told yourself that you can commit to self-care? List five actions you can honestly commit to for this week. That said, there may be times when you'll find yourself wanting to continue working, while also wanting to take a break, and it's at those times that a little motivation might help maintain your forward momentum. Fortunately, one of the most effective ways to keep going also happens to be one of the simplest techniques. All you need to do is count the number of tasks that you've completed, and then write that number down to the right of the last task you've completed on your J.O.T. list. The only rule that must be followed in order for this to work is that you must write that number down before taking your break. What often happens as a result of practicing this simple technique is that whatever number of completed tasks that you have calculated, there's a part of human nature within you that will likely ask, Could that number be just a little higher? Could I squeeze in one more task before my break? To increase your chances of achieving any goal, think of a positive goal with a positive outcome. Goals that are framed in such terms as mustn't',can't' or won't',shouldn't' or stop',lose' or quit' are unlikely to motivate you. <br /><br /><a href=''>Instead</a> of thinking, for example,I must stop eating junk' think I want to eat more healthily'. <a href=''>And</a> instead of thinkingI hate this job and everyone who works here. I want to leave' think `I want to go to a job that I enjoy where I like the people I work with'. Thinking like this creates positive energy and momentum instead of feelings of deprivation and resentment. Goals framed in positive terms tell you what to do rather than what not to do. You are more likely to achieve goals that get you what you want, rather than goals that tell you to avoid something. Go back to your reasons for doing what you want to do. Are you sure they are framed in positive terms? If not, rewrite them. Now, write down your options; all the possible ways you could get what you want and achieve your goal. However big or small your ideas about the different ways you could achieve something, write them down. If you keep your ideas and options in your head, it's difficult to tap into more expansive thinking. There's only a certain amount of information your brain can hold before that information just clutters your mind. Writing your thoughts and ideas down not only empties your brain, it can also bring out more ideas. I bet you're saying "Duh!" right now. But I finally figured it out. Put the containers on the counter. Open all of them. Take out the berries and rinse them. Put them in the bowl and then, with both hands free, close the containers.