It’s easy for us to drown in the sea of day-to-day activities. Some of us, myself included, become so immersed in everyone and everything with a
sense of urgency and expediency; we become almost mechanical “beings,” executing tasks just to complete them.
It’s almost as if catching a breath of air, and not a forced one, has become increasingly difficult. The world as we know it is constantly evolving before our eyes. We tend to want to keep pace with it. How are we to keep up?
All that pushing can feel so smart and productive—until you’re exhausted, submerged, overwhelmed, or otherwise ready to snap. I’ve felt all these things before. There have been days when I try to be everything to everyone and do more than I can reasonably accomplish, but I realize that there’s only so much my body and mind can take.
Must we keep up if it means losing sight of the simplicities we cherish?
Be mindful of this, don’t forget to breathe. Every breath of air is a well-earned one, no matter who you are or what’s on your plate.
As a human being, it is your right to unwind and take a break from the numbers, bills, texts, tweets, routines,status updates, emails, phone calls, and the mesmerizing touch-screen wonderlands.
You could get used to routines and lose the value for the procedure that’s been done constantly. This can lead to asking yourself questions like this:
- Why am I doing this?
- How much am I putting into this?
- Is it draining all of my effort?
- Am I parenting well or I’m trying to mange through it all?
- Am I struggling to keep up with work?
- Why am I really here?
- What’s this gathering doing to me?
- Am I wasting my time?
And eventually words like ‘I’m so tired and frustrated’ breaks out of the mind. That moment when you can’t take things anymore, everything begin to lose it value. The gathering, those meetings, your occupation, motherhood, fatherhood and other things we get involved in starts draining us till we begin to snap. Some people just switch off immediately and they begin to lose interest even in the stuffs that gives them joy. Things we try to fix get more damaged and it gets very exhausting. When you’re worn-out, this is what needs to be done. A break will help you refix your gaze. Take a short break from your activities in order to relax. Give yourself time off to restart or revive; give fresh impetus to restart all day-to-day activities and duties.
THINGS TO TO DURING TIME OFF
- Get a little extra sleep, whether it’s by going to bed a half-hour earlier or by sleeping in an extra fifteen minutes and then skipping your usual morning routine.
- Go outside and immerse yourself in nature. Feel the ground or grass underneath your feet and focus on being present on enjoying your environment and the scenery.
- Set aside some time to pray, enjoy communicating with your father and be childlike.
- Sing, write songs, paint, dance, or otherwise express yourself creatively. It’s awfully hard to stress and over-think when you’re engaged in something fun and expressive.
- Take a long, hot bath to take weight off your weary muscles and joints. Get a massage or trade massages with someone you love. Massages are not only relaxing, they’ve also been proven to minimize anxiety, boost the immune system, and reduce anxiety.
- Take a day off from negative, draining people, even the ones you love. You can be an ear tomorrow or some other day.
- Take some time to meditate, even if it’s just for few minutes.
- Write down the things you’re grateful for. Identifying the things that have brought us joy is a powerful way to create more.
- Plan unproductive downtime, by taking a walk, for example. Research shows this type of disconnected time is crucial to learning and forming memories.
- If you’re married, find time to hang out with your spouse without bringing the children in. Talk about a lot of things that use to be fun and do them.
- Decide for a day that nothing is urgent. Emails, phone calls, text messages—unless it’s an actual life-or-death situation, it isn’t a catastrophe and it can wait until tomorrow.
- Finally, Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Rejoice like you have confidence in all things through the one that has saved you. Fellowship with other believer’s rejuvenate and brings joy. There’s always joy in God’s presence.
In my writing, I’ve found that if I’m stuck, leaving something alone for just a little while and taking a walk can often lead me to a solution.This week, if you run into any frustrations, think about shifting gears and taking a break. (It may or may not involve your routine. Try something new).