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Do You Overschedule Yourself?

Do You Overschedule Yourself?

By Sheryl Kraft

Created: 05/01/2009
Last Updated: 01/03/2019

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While away here at Canyon Ranch, I'm learning so much about myself and about all of us, really. It's given me time for some practical, hands-on learning; like an interesting lecture I attended yesterday on heart health, called "Straight From the Heart." (Scary fact: Every 70 seconds in the U.S. someone dies of a heart attack.)

But my stay here has also given me time to reflect inward and discover things that have I've been too busy or too distracted to pay much attention to...

In my enthusiasm for life or sometimes in my sheer necessity to get everything done, I end up over-scheduling myself. I'm sure you can all relate. This even happened here. Yesterday, I felt the stress. (Okay, don't hate me and say "WHAT"? Stressed? On vacation?")

Let me explain. I felt so overwhelmed when I found myself rushing from appointment to appointment. In my quest not to miss out on anything, I filled in every single minute of the day with workshops, lectures, exercise classes, hikes, you name it.

Deep breath...

So today I cancelled almost everything, ordered a New York Times from the front desk and made the commitment that I'd create some down time to just relax.

Although this place is all about learning, it's not just learning how to avoid heart disease, or how to learn yoga or play a better game of tennis. It's also about learning what makes you happy - what you, as an individual need to stay physically and mentally healthy. And if that means taking some time out of your over-scheduled day to do something that feels right and will give you joy, then don't we all have to listen to that important message?

How do you balance your life? It can be quite a challenge, can't it?

Here's my thought for the day: Be like the mayor of your town and cut out all non-essential services!

Your body and mind (and loved ones) will understand. They may even thank you.


Wow, I'm impressed...a solo trip abroad! Good for you. It really sounds as if you are getting to really know yourself and feel totally comfortable with who you are. That's just great. Please check in and let us know how you're faring - and if you do book that trip!

I'm a few years shy of fifty and lately I've gotten very selective about who I spend time with or talk to. Good company or none at all.I still enjoy people,and I live alone,but I'm finding that the need for solitude is stronger than ever.

Even if I don't spend the entire weekend at home,I enjoy sitting by myself at restaurants and cafes and I actually don't want to run into anyone I know.

Younger adults take too much energy sometimes,so I limit my interactions with them when possible. The twentysomethings dissecting their every relationship happening is boring,and I try not even sit near twentysomething women.

Feels like a new day is coming and now that I've made peace with much of the losses,I'm looking forward to it. Now I can imagine myself actually enjoying a solo trip abroad.

Recognizing that now I need almost daily "private, quiet-time" and also physical activity. Sometimes, don't know what I need...guess I'm changing as I get older. Still not really satisfied and, so, trying new things. Also, seems many of my friendships are not for me now...still meeting new people and trying to figure out my "over-50" self !

Ever since I had my first child, over 24 years ago, I watched as women ran from their jobs, ran home, ran around frantically trying to catch up on their lives .. I was fortunate to be able to stay home and raise my girls. I look around me and see women shopping and on their phones talking to friends, or walking and using their phones. I say, if that makes you happy, do it , but for me, I need the quiet and i dont like to combine talking with friends and doing any kind of errand. I like to focus on one thing at a time and get the most out of it. I have always been able to balance my life out quite well by not overwhelming myself with too many things to do at one time. I've always believed that life is about taking the time to smell the roses and just enjoying some solitude from time to time to figure out who you are.


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