The five areas where I can’t afford to be low-maintenan

18 Dec 2018 04:03

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<p>I’m on target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener book tour&nbsp;for&nbsp;target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener <em>I’d Rather Be Reading</em> right now, an experience which is renowned by authors as being tons of fun and tons of exhausting. Before I left, I consciously laid out my priorities. Beyond connecting with readers and booksellers (the best!) I realized that if I wasn’t conscientious about prioritizing some boring essentials, like <em>sleep</em>, I wasn’t going to make it to the end without getting burned out and physically ill.</p>
<p>In all the preparations, my mind kept coming back to this post. My 2015 self who first wrote this piece has served as a guide to my 2018 book tour self. With that in mind, I’m reposting today. Please load up the comments section with your recommendations for self-care and sanity preservation. Thank you</p>
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<p>I recently read Dan Harris’s book target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;nofollow noopener 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story. It was an obligation read—I&nbsp;picked it up because I felt like I “should”—and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how genuinely useful it was.</p>
<p>Harris’s journey&nbsp;began when he had a panic attack on live television. Harris, an ABC news anchor, was filling in on&nbsp;Good Morning America when, in his words, he was “overtaken by a massive, irresistible blast of fear.” He couldn’t finish the broadcast.</p>
<p>His doctor quickly identified&nbsp;the cause: drug use. After several years covering wars in&nbsp;Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, and Iraq, Harris became depressed, and began to self-medicate with cocaine and ecstasy. The drugs boosted the level of adrenaline in his brain, upping the odds of a panic attack. But when he quit using&nbsp;drugs, the side effects lingered. He spent years investigating—personally and professionally—his own mindlessness, exploring the&nbsp;changes he needed to make in his life&nbsp;to be healthier and happier.&nbsp;In <em>10% Happier, </em>he&nbsp;tells the whole story.</p>
<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-57038" src="" alt="" width="701" height="1000" srcset=" 701w, 210w, 561w, 280w" sizes="(max-width: 701px) 100vw, 701px" data-jpibfi-post-excerpt="" data-jpibfi-post-url="" data-jpibfi-post-title="The five areas where I can’t afford to be low-maintenance." data-jpibfi-src="" target="_blank" rel="noopener Headspace app]. I’d rather fall out of bed and do something else first thing, but lately I’m needing this&nbsp;morning tune-up for the mind.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;I’d like to be an easy to please girl—but when it comes to these five areas, I can’t afford to be low maintenance.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Do you&nbsp;have areas in your life where YOU can’t be low maintenance? I’d love to hear your thoughts on those, and if you resonate with the thoroughbred or orchid analogies, in comments.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img class=" aligncenter="" size-full="" wp-image-57041"="" /></p>
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