Do you ever feel overly stressed? Are you shuffling from one event to another several days a week. There are many days where I have felt stressed out by the many things on our to do list. Let me tell you about an epiphany I had the other week.
I was in the locker room getting the boys showered and dressed after their swim lesson and was feeling rushed and anxious. The anxiousness was probably stemming from the fact that I was trying to keep a toddler busy, while ensuring the older two kept their wiggles to a minimum and were on task. It’s challenging keeping everyone in line. Anyways, in an instant I had an ah ha moment, epiphany or God smack as I call it.
Why was I feeling so rushed? I took a moment to think about my schedule. Luckily, we didn’t have anything else scheduled. All I needed to do happily, loving assist my boys. Thankfully no one needed to be ready in .03 seconds. So I consciously decided to slow down. Be present, calm and just enjoy the moment, I even gave out a few hugs and kisses just because. Most times when I am stressed its because I am over scheduled. When mom is stressed its not a pretty picture. My ugly side comes out and unfortunately the people I love the most end up listening to rant. The solution is not yelling and harassing your kids in hopes that raised voice and rushing will get you there faster. Instead a better choice would be, do less. Less is more. Instead of five events a day one meaningful activity would be the better choice.
Our society has become notorious for overscheduling. We are busy running here and there following a busy schedule. My family is guilty of this whether it’s church, sports, homeschool gatherings, family commitments we are extremely busy. Too busy to be perfectly honest. Lately, hubby and I have been reflecting on our busy life and have come to the conclusion that we have got to let a few things go.
For 2013 I’m committed to the following:
- Consider each activity and decide weather its beneficial or not.
- Be present and enjoy the moments with family not hurriedly rushing from one thing to another.
- Say no a lot more. This may sound harsh, yes we may miss out on some neat opportunities but will experience less stress and save money.
Honestly, these changes should make my 2013 a lot happier. How about you, have you set any resolutions for the new year.