Any A-Types out there? Putting everything you have into everything you do…taking on more than you should or meant to…fretting about every detail in an effort to achieve perfection (once again).

Considering the title of this blog, I’m thinking we have a few.

This is definitely me and I am trying hard to lighten up (funny – using the words hard and lighten up in the same sentence. That tells you something. LOL).

Trying not to take things so seriously; saying no when asked to take part, lead or organize. Trying to spend more time living in the Now, which can often be a state of nothingness, AND THAT’S OK. Really.

It’s harder said than done. The life of an overachiever is challenging to set aside. You have expectations of yourself/your work, and not achieving 150% can be disappointing to yourself – or worse, to others.

I do believe the intensity of operating at that level can also be hard on your mind and body, and a little break is a good idea. You just might find you like this new state of being.

The sad thing is that while we all may have this thought now and then, it often takes something like cancer to make you actually work at doing it. When you get such a diagnosis, you can’t help but wonder why. And while you may never know, what you can do is to put your mind, body, spirit and soul first in line; elevate it to the top of your priority list.

You will soon realize that a little more self-care goes a long way. And all those things you passed on or performed with less self-imposed stress are JUST FINE. They are just as good, and they are behind you now. At this moment, you feel peace and calm, and your body and mind couldn’t ask for more.

It’s carrying the feeling you have in meditation into your day-to-day existence. Something we should all work on.

THE BALANCE: It’s OK to lighten up. Your body and mind will thank you in the long run.

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Comments (5)

  • Donna Sullivan

    Great article! Since I have retired I have become excellent in doing very little. It is the most delightful feeling once I handled the guilt.
    Hope you are doing well in every area!

    • Lauren Del Sarto

      Thank you, Donna. Definitely working on it. You are an inspiration as I love your easy flow and continuous smile (:

  • Diane Sheppard

    Lighten up! takes constant reminders to breathe and stop to smell the gardenias! Thank you for your inspiration to chill!

    • Lauren Del Sarto

      And acupuncture treatments with you definitely bring on the chill… An hour of pure relaxation and healing…. Ahhhhh.


  • Ding! Ding! My warning bells are ringing…..It’s time to get serious and DO my meditations every morning! Not sporadically. Any suggestions on a meditation CD or app you prefer?