One Day at a Time

One day at a time

One Day at a Time

 

“No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.” – Bob Parsons

 

I’ve learned some very important lessons throughout these last few years with different issues with cancer in my family. One is that we have kind of coined the phrase, “one day at a time. ”

 

How this relates to burnout and cancer is:

 

⋅We can only do whatever we can do today to make today beautiful and productive. 

 

⋅Stay forward moving as possible and then rest and prepare for the next day. 

 

We all live in this mindset and perhaps we’re gonna live forever and an infinite amount of time. With Cancer,  one of the things that really focuses you on, is doing what you can today.

 

Here are a few small ways to anchor yourself firmly in the present and truly live every single day of your life.

(thank you: https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/9244/one-day-at-a-time/)

 

1. Look after your mind and body.

 

Tip number one, and the most important of all, is to ensure that you’re nourishing your mind and body every single day.

You can’t expect to thrive if you’re not giving yourself the necessary fuel and care day in, day out.

 

2. Don’t live on autopilot.

When we get into a routine and start doing the same things every day, it’s easy to stop being aware of those things.

Catch yourself whenever you slide into autopilot and firmly bring yourself back into the room and start noticing the details around you, including the sights, sounds, and smells.

 

3. Keep a journal.

 

Recording your thoughts, worries, hopes, and observations is a wonderful way of checking in with yourself on a daily basis, and getting anything that’s been worrying you off your chest.

Each night, grab a pen, open your journal and note down the important things that happened that day.

 

4. Stop worrying about the ‘what ifs’

Worrying about what might or could happen is, as we all know, a total waste of time.

Worrying about it will do precisely nothing to change the future. It will only make you miserable now and divert your attention from all the good stuff that’s going on around you.

 

 As far as burnout, I think that what I have learned is that, burnout didn’t get bad overnight.  It doesn’t get better overnight. I think the message for you is to go ahead and do what you can today, figure out what’s really burning you out, do what you can today, and then let that sit.

You can’t control what happened yesterday anymore, you can try to plan for tomorrow.

 

But, do what you can today, one day at a time. That’s quick. It’s dirty, it’s easy, and it’s  one of those things where, with cancer, it really focuses your attention and your timeframe. 

 

And that’s why we got down to just doing them as you can today, one day at a time.

 

I hope that’s helpful.

~Jeff Moody, MD

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