Wouldn’t it be oh so nice, to be able to do this whenever we felt the need to… nap the world and worries away?!
Not two words that we are used to taking to heart, as much as we hear them. Like many women, life in the slow lane feels awkward and uncomfortable – as much as life in the fast lane can often feel overwhelming and stressful.
I have learnt the importance of scheduling self-care and buffer time into my day, and a large chunk into my week. I’m not going to lie – it does not come naturally, but I am a much better person for it. The most annoying part about it, funnily enough, is that it has to be purposeful. We must absolutely remember to schedule it in to our day. Because, after all who is sitting still for a moment and then thinks hmmm I need to practise some self-care? Or, oh I’m so exhausted/bored/stressed, I need to take an hour and just be still? Lyndalday has worked wonders for me, and literally re charged me for the entirety of the week – I have become more productive and positive than I ever thought I possibly would.
If I were to be honest, I am struggling with this at the moment, the feeling overwhelmed and caught in headlights part – a fresh onslaught where my ethics and integrity were questioned in an area where I am absolutely stretched to capacity and doing my absolute best. And it is overwhelming, it is daunting, defeating… but I don’t want to give in to that attitude, those emotions.
So instead, this week… I am choosing to slow down. I am choosing to recognise that my stress thermometer is high, and that is out of my control. But what is in my control is how I respond to that, how I cool that thermometer and what I am going to choose to do with my time. So, I choose to use my time wisely.
I choose to partake in at least an hour of exercise each day.
I choose to focus on my web community and spreading love and encouragement.
I choose to watch however much tv I bloody well feel like.
I choose to write a third of my assignment each night so that it is complete by Wednesday.
I choose to take joy in ironing and packing for the other part of Wednesday.
I choose to focus on giving positivity and gratitude.
I choose to continue to give my best.
Most of all, I choose to feel the excitement of a big holiday… something we have been planning, hoping for, dreaming of for the past six months. It is here, this week. IT IS HERE… and I am choosing to focus on that so close I can almost touch it excitement. And not focus on the rest. Because that holiday… man! The stress, the words, the whatever else is thrown is NOT going to steal that joy and that excitement.
Because when we get back, oh boy! That precipice we have been standing on, we are going over! The rest of the year is going to be jam packed and full speed… and I can’t wait. But we need a second to breathe and just drink it in.
<SYL Week 16 … Go and read the others HERE, and comment love on them and for my weekly link ups – I’m having a time out for the next two weeks… I will be back and can’t wait to see where everyone is at! >