Episode 152 - Time to Thrive: Unraveling Stress and Time Management Secrets for a Joyful Life

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Stress and time management have a major impact on your nervous system. Taking inventory of your activities can lead to small changes that transform your reality.

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TIME TO THRIVE: UNRAVELING STRESS AND TIME MANAGEMENT SECRETS FOR A JOYFUL LIFE

Welcome to today's episode/blog! I'm thrilled you're here. Earlier, I connected with the masters, teachers, and loved ones from the Akashic Records, and they inspired me to share this message with you. I like to witness the message unfold as well, so let's see where it leads. The focus of today's discussion is time. They emphasize that how you allocate your time directly influences your nervous system's response throughout the day. In other words, if you frequently experience high stress and resort to activities like social media, Netflix, or substances as a means of escape, your choices will impact your nervous system, keeping it in a constant state of fleeing.

STRESS AND TIME MANAGEMENT AND THE IMPACT OF TIME ON NERVOUS SYSTEM

Even if you're using a coping mechanism to numb out at the moment, your nervous system is still evading the issue at hand. The suggestion is to take stock of how you're spending your time. As a homework assignment or invitation, observe your activities throughout the week and make notes on your phone or in a notebook. Reflect on the enjoyment and stress levels associated with each activity. It's important to acknowledge that there are certain activities we may not want to do but are necessary for daily functioning. For instance, as a parent to a toddler, some mornings go smoothly while others are challenging due to her natural tendencies as a young child.

OBSERVING AND EVALUATING DAILY ACTIVITIES

Though it may be a necessary part of the day, it's okay to acknowledge the challenge it presents. Some mornings go smoothly while others don't, and there are times when I don't feel like engaging in a morning routine, especially if my toddler isn't on the same page. This may lead to stress, but it's still something that must be done. It's important to reevaluate how we perceive such activities. The guardians suggest that we reassess all our activities, including the required ones, and show up for them in a different way, even if they are stressful. For instance, I have childhood trauma related to cleaning, having started doing laundry and household chores at the age of seven, which involved daily cleaning and deep cleaning sessions on Saturdays.

APPROACHING REQUIRED TASKS WITH MINDFULNESS

Growing up, the expectation was for our house to be impeccably clean. As an adult, I had to come to terms with cleaning without feeling triggered, as it's a necessary task that brings me satisfaction. It's crucial to approach these tasks in a way that benefits my nervous system rather than being a response to trauma. When facing an upcoming activity that triggers stress and lacks excitement, it's important to honestly assess if it's truly necessary or simply driven by obligation. Many times, we engage in activities out of a sense of obligation or people-pleasing, feeling that others are depending on us. Being a people-pleaser myself, I've learned that it's okay to say no and not be overly concerned with meeting others' expectations. It's not my responsibility to make someone else's life perfect.

RECOGNIZING OBLIGATIONS VS. PEOPLE-PLEASING BEHAVIORS

My responsibility is to take care of my family, myself, and my duties, which in turn leads to better regulation of my nervous system. According to the Akashic Records, it's important to evaluate our nervous system, actions, and time management. We can often reorganize up to 30% of our time to better support our nervous system and change our reality. By being mindful of how we spend our time, we can allocate more time to activities that make us feel better. For instance, if we notice excessive time spent on social media, phone usage, or after-hours work emails, especially with the shift to remote work due to COVID, we can make adjustments to better balance work and personal time.

REORGANIZING TIME FOR SELF-CARE AND FULFILLMENT

Once you become aware of these habits, you can decide to make a change. For instance, you might allocate specific time for emails and realize that certain tasks can wait until the next day. Regardless of your work and situation, there's always a way to perceive the situation differently and prioritize self-care. For example, if you find yourself spending excessive time on screens, you can choose to take an hour for activities like going for a walk, journaling, taking a bath, or catching up with a friend, all of which nourish the soul. Discovering activities that fulfill you adds to your overall satisfaction, regulating your nervous system and preparing you to take on challenges.

BALANCING CHALLENGING TASKS AND SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES

When you find yourself constantly in a state of fight or flight, the challenging aspects of life can seem even more difficult. This can lead to resorting to coping mechanisms that aren't beneficial, further deregulating your nervous system. Taking the time to assess how you use your time allows for making small changes that can transform your entire reality. It's not about completely overhauling your schedule overnight but rather making sustainable adjustments. Even dedicating just 10 minutes a day to change can have a significant impact. Personally, tidying up after my child goes to bed helps me feel better about my home environment and energy. Working from home, I've had to remind myself that it doesn't take long to make a difference.

IMPLEMENTING SMALL CHANGES FOR POSITIVE IMPACT

They also influence your time allocation because they are creatures of habit, employing numbing and fight-or-flight mechanisms to maintain the familiar, often based on past experiences, whether traumatic or not. They find comfort in the predictability of the past and its known outcomes, even if it means self-harm. This cycle perpetuates as our bodies, accustomed to past patterns, influence our behavior, often without awareness of alternatives. This behavior is akin to the story of a bear that, after being chained for so long, doesn't realize it can go beyond a certain boundary once the chain is removed.

BREAKING HABITUAL PATTERNS FOR SELF-IMPROVEMENT

Just like the bear that was limited by the chain, our bodies can similarly be constrained. By being mindful of how we spend our time and choosing different activities, we have the power to transform our bodies and, consequently, our entire reality. Even starting with just five minutes, we can involve our inner child or other aspects of ourselves in witnessing and embracing these changes. By doing so, we can ignite excitement and willingness within ourselves to embrace change. So, how will you spend your time? That's your first assignment: observe your time and then start making small adjustments. Taking inventory of how you use your time will provide a significant reality check, prompting you to be honest about your priorities and highlighting that you do have the time to pursue what truly matters. I assure you, there's more time available; it's just a matter of rearranging things.

INVOLVING INNER CHILD IN JOYFUL ACTIVITIES

This could involve going to bed earlier, waking up earlier, or saying no to commitments that don't align with your desired lifestyle. It's essential to be honest with yourself about what you want to let go of because bidding farewell to one thing opens the door to something more magical. As one door closes, another opens, and you have the power to shape what that new opportunity looks like as you move forward. I hope you enjoyed today's episode/blog. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share with a friend. Take care! Goodbye.

Love and light,

Amy

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Hey, Amy Robeson here. Thank you for joining me on this podcast, where we talk about spirituality, the awakening process, mental health, and so much more. Join me weekly to get your weekly dose of spirituality and medicine. I look forward to seeing you on the inside. Hello, everyone, and welcome to today's episode. I am so excited you are here. And today, before I started, I was checking in with the masters, teachers, and loved ones from the Akashic Records, and they told me to channel this message for you. And we're going to see where it goes because I like to also witness what's going to be said as well. But the gist and the topic that we're covering is time. And this is what they're saying: How you choose to spend your time is how your nervous system will react throughout the day. Let's say that slightly different. If you are in a state of heightened stress all the time. Let's say you are using social media to escape, Netflix to escape, or maybe using substances to escape. How you're choosing to use your time is going to impact your nervous system. If you're using something to escape, your nervous system is constantly fleeing.

Even if you're numbing out in that particular moment while you're consuming whatever it is that you're consuming, your nervous system is fleeing from the problem. And so what they're wanting you to do is take inventory of how you're spending your time. So, over the next week, this is a homework assignment if you choose to do it, it's an invitation, is to observe what you're doing throughout the day. You can just make notes in your phone or in a notebook. Then you can ask yourself, when you were doing that activity, how much was that activity enjoyable, how much did that activity bring you stress, or how did you feel about that activity? Let me back up for just a second. There are going to be activities that you don't want to do. Let's just get that right off the plate. There are things that we don't want to do, but we have to do them in order to function in life. I have a toddler. Sometimes, our morning routine is awesome. She cooperates, and sometimes it's super challenging. She's a toddler. She's super competitive. She's a super little human who doesn't want to get dressed, doesn't want to eat, or doesn't want to go to school.
And that's perfectly okay, but it is a required thing for the day. And once she gets there, she's great. So some mornings they're great, sometimes they're not. Do I want to do a morning routine every morning? Absolutely not, especially when I have someone who doesn't want to do the morning routine the way I want to do it. And so am I stressed? Sure. But with that being said, it's something that's a required thing that I have to do. What you're taking inventory of is how you are perceiving that particular activity. So, the guardians are saying that we can take inventory of all of our activities and the required activities. Even if they're stressful, we can still show up in a different way. I'll give you another example. I have a lot of childhood trauma around cleaning. I started doing my own laundry when I was seven. We did all of our household laundry, my sister and I, when we were seven. And we had to clean every single day. We had a mop every single day. We had to do massive deep cleaning almost every single day. And then we had our actual deep cleaning day on Saturdays.

And so everything had to be spotless in our house. So, as an adult, I had to make peace with being okay with cleaning my house without being triggered. And that's really important because it's a required task that makes me feel good. But how I'm approaching that task has to be in a way that serves my nervous system versus a way that is a trauma response. Let me say that slightly different again. When you are looking at your list of things that you are doing over the next week you notice you're triggered, you're stressed out, you're not excited to do that activity, and it's a required activity. You have to be honest with yourself, is it a required activity? Because sometimes we're doing activities that we think are required, but they're really not. You're doing them out of obligation. I've seen this over and over and over again where someone thinks like, Well, I have to do that. That person is depending on me. This is a people-pleasing behavior. If you are a people-pleaser, like I am a people-pleaser, and so I have to be very honest with myself that it is okay for me to say no to things, and it is okay for me not to be stressed out about making someone else's life perfect because it's not my responsibility.

What my responsibility is is taking care of my responsibilities, taking care of my family, and myself. And when I do that, my nervous system will be in a better state of regulation. The guardians are saying from the Akashic Records that the more we take inventory of our nervous system, our actions, and how we're spending our time. What you're going to notice is at least 30% your time can be reorganized. Reorganized in a way that supports you in regulating your nervous system and assists you in changing your reality. And what they mean by that is when you notice how you're spending your time, you're going to have more time to do the things that support you in feeling better. Give you an example. You could be like, You know what? I'm spending a lot of time on social media, or I'm spending a lot of time on the phone, or I'm spending a lot of time answering emails for work after hours because there's that happens, especially since COVID, people are working a lot more from home, and so there's not really good boundaries when it comes to work and family time or work and off time.

When you start to recognize these habits, then you can start to go, Let me do something differently. I'm going to block off this amount of time to answer emails, and things can wait till the next day. Depends on your work and your situation, but there's always a workaround, and there's always a different way to perceive the situation so that you are taking care of yourself in a different way. A good example is, let's say, you are spending a lot of time on screens. You can go, You know what? I'm going to take an hour of that time and I'm going to go for a walk, I'm going to journal in my notebook. I'm going to take a bath. I'm going to catch up with an old friend. All of these activities, depending on who you are, feed the soul. So you have to discover the activities that feed your soul because that goes into your fulfillment cup. And the more you keep pouring into that fulfillment cup, the more your nervous system will regulate, and the more that your nervous system will be on board to do challenging things. So let me say that's slightly different.

If you are constantly in a state of fight or flight, the challenging things that come up in your life will feel even more challenging. And they'll be more challenging, so you might then go into coping mechanisms that don't serve your highest good. Then, that deregulates your nervous system even more. And so you get into this vicious cycle. When you take the time to take inventory of how you're spending your time, you can then start making small little changes that assist you in changing your entire reality. It's not that you're changing your whole calendar, your whole life in one night. That would be really awesome, but let's be honest, that's not feasible. And most people, that's not sustainable. But you can Change. I mentioned an hour. You can do 10 minutes. You can do 10 minutes differently every single day that's going to have a massive impact in your life. For me, picking up after my child goes to bed majorly helps me feel better about the way that I perceive my house and energetically and looking at my house. So Because I work from home and seeing toys everywhere bothers me. I've had to have conversations with myself in the past where I've had to really tell myself it doesn't take that long.

What I do now is set a timer because I have to trick my emotional body into doing the task so that she feels better about it. I set the timer for either 5 minutes or 10 minutes, and whatever I can get cleaned within that a lot of time, and it's amazing how much you can get cleaned in 5 to 10 minutes. That's what it is. And so I don't make the task this grandiose thing. Instead, I break it down into a small, approachable task that allows me to change how I feel. And by having that picked up, I feel better about it. And this can be done for anything. So, think about the things that you dread doing. Think about the things that you don't want to do but you know would feed your soul. How can you make the space and time for those very things? And it's looking at how you're spending your time and pulling that time from those activities that don't feed your soul. And we are creatures of habit, and we get into a hypnotic state because we've done that task over and over and over again. If you've gotten into this cycle of, let's say, watching too much TV or playing video games or doing something that doesn't feed your soul, that takes away from the things that you're wanting to do, look at doing something before that activity or during the activity.

You have to a Timer if you're doing it during the activity. For me, and this is for anybody, it's hard to break away from the habit, especially if you've already started that particular activity. If you sandwich it in between activities you're already doing, it's 10 times more effective. The other thing the guardians are saying about time is that when you recognize these time pockets as an opportunity to get to know yourself in a different way, you'll start to approach life from a curious excitement that will bring you a new level of joy because you're inviting the inner child to play and to witness and to be a part of your day in a different way. Let me say that slightly different. Let's say you're wanting to do something different and you're wanting to have more fun. Who doesn't want to have more fun? Everybody wants to have more fun, right? When you're doing these activities, you can invite your inner child to participate in these activities. One, your innocent inner child gets to experience life from this timeline, this present moment, versus from the moment he or she has been living in. Because all of our bodies, and I teach this in my course, Sacred Awakening: all of our bodies, our mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, inner child, and ego, all live in the past.

They influence how you spend your time as well because they are creatures of habit. They have numbing mechanisms. They have flight or flight mechanisms that they encourage you to do so that they can keep the normalcy, and I'm putting that in quotations, the normalcy of what they know to be true from the past. Because what they know to be true, even if it was traumatic or not very traumatic, they are familiar with the past, and they're comfortable with the past because they know what to expect. And if they know what to expect, they can't be hurt in any other different way because they've experienced that hurt as well, even if you're hurting yourself. And I know it sounds like, Why would I want to continue to hurt myself? Well, we hurt ourselves because our bodies influence that because our bodies don't know any better. They don't know any different. And so it's like if you've ever heard the story about a bear being chained up and the bear is chained to this chain, and it doesn't know that it can go past a boundary because it's been chained so long. Eventually, they take the chain off and the bear won't go past the boundary because it was trained.

That's as far as it can go. Our bodies are the same way. And how we spend our time is influenced by the bodies, so we can change our bodies and change our entire reality by paying attention to how we spend our time choosing different activities. It could be only for five minutes. You can start with five minutes. You can invite your inner child or any of the other bodies to participate and witness this change. And then they get excited and on board, and you get to change as well, which is freaking awesome if you ask me. So how are you going to spend your time this Observe the way you're spending your time. That's assignment number one. And then start making small little changes. And you already know the changes you want to make. But taking the time to inventory your time is going to be a massive reality check for you because you're going to be really honest with yourself on how you're spending your time. And what are the things that you really want to do? Because you do have the time. I promise you, you have more time. You just got to rearrange some things.

And that might be going to bed earlier, that might be getting up earlier, that might be saying no to things that people have you doing, or organizations have you doing that aren't in alignment with the way that you want to live your life. And you just got to be really honest with yourself if that's truly what you want to say goodbye to because when you say goodbye to something, a new door opens up and it's way more magical. And I promise you, When one door closes, another one opens, and you get to shape what that door looks like as you're navigating through it, which is very cool. All right, my friends, I hope you enjoyed today's episode. Please make sure you like, subscribe, and share this with a friend. Bye.

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