In times of high stress, it is easy to get out of our daily routines. It is easy for us to feel overwhelmed and defeated, to lose our way, and just feel a sense of “making it through”. We seem to only have the energy and the focus to get the day-to-day tasks done and our ability to care for ourselves starts to fall to the wayside. However, it is during these time of high stress that we most desperately need our good habits. We need sleep and good food to help us regain our strength and energy. We need a plan we can blindly follow till we right the ship and feel like ourselves again.
I have been there, folks.
Last week, I was reading an article on the importance of a checklist. The reporter had interviewed a doctor about a recent surgery that had gone bad. The doctor was able to save the patient’s life, pumping the patient’s heart with his own hands.
“But skill and brainpower were not the reason Mr. Hagerman survived. (Dr.) Gawande says what actually saved his patient’s life was a plan the surgical team had made before they began the surgery. This plan wasn’t grand or complicated. In fact, it was a humble checklist.”
Pilots, doctors, fireman and other high-stress occupations use (humble) checklists all the time so they can follow a plan even under the most difficult situations. If these work when something goes wrong while fighting a fire, I am sure I can get one to work for me when my life is crazy.
So, I created my own checklist. A daily list of reminders that is not too demanding, easy to follow, and allows me to keep my health and self-care a priority as life gets crazy. Download the following checklist for the next time your life gets overwhelming and be prepared. Health doesn’t have to be “grand or complicated”. In our busy lives, simple and easy is the way to go.