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Recently we have a lot of changes made in our home. We started homeschooling our oldest, prepping to host our annual Thanksgiving gathering is taking place, my husband is still working crazy hours and we won’t even talk about my own overly filled plates. All of this is causing me to find slow moments. Moments that my body and mind desperately need. And though I know that I need this I can not get my mind to agree with me. You see I struggle to actually relax. Yes, I am one of those busy bodies that you see running around all the time.
Over the past couple of weeks I have begun taking measures to make myself slow down.
It is kinda bad when you have to make yourself do this. Yet, I noticed that it had to be done because not only was I getting worn down but other things were starting to suffer because of it. So over the past couple weeks I have been taking some productive measure to slow myself down and I thought I would share them with you. Since, who knows maybe you are like me and are a suffering workaholic.
Helpful Tips To Finding The Slow Moments:
- Cut back even when you don’t think you can: Yes, I currently am working hard to clear out my ever growing work plates. This caused me to have to give up some Virtual Assistant jobs, cut back on some writing needs and even cutting back on some things in my everyday offline life. This has been the hardest for me I am not going to lie. I leave with a fear of disappointing people and yet I know that it has to be done or I will end up disappointing those who are closest to me.
- Make yourself do something for you: I am a giver. It is super hard for me to simply come up with an idea to pamper myself and yet I know it is super important. For me I have always justified writing as my “me” time. Truth is that it really is not that at all. Because once again the goal behind this site is to help other women. So I actually am making myself do something for just me watch a movie, read a book I am not reviewing, paint my nails and well the possibilities are endless.
- Get plenty of rest: I wake up early and go to bed late. This is leaving me worn down and stressed. Recently a dear friend of mine sent me some lavender oils and man has that made me calm down causing me to get some much needed sleep. We need rest. We all know that. Yet, a lot of times that is where we take time from when we need a couple more hours in the day. This is not good for our bodies, our minds or anyone we are coming in contact with.
- Dare to say no: I have the hardest time telling people no. Which is what has gotten me in the state that I am in. Yet, my body is making me say no. We have to weigh out what we are being asked, how much time that is actually going to take and then decide if it is something that we are going to be able to do without straining ourselves. I am still not a hundred percent there yet but I am certainly working toward it.
- Dig into God’s Word: Another reason we seem to have trouble finding the slow moments is because we are not taking enough time in God’s Word. His Word has the ability to calm us, to focus us and to sustain us. This can’t happen if we choose to work instead of cracking open the Bible.
Finding slow and peaceful moments in this world can be hard but it has to be done. I would love to hear how you find your moments. Maybe they will be something that I can add to my ever growing list.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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