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There always seems to be so much to do. We have so many different things competing for our time and attention. There are errands to run, places to be, and extra curricular activities to fit into our overcrowded schedules. Before you know it another day has gone by and you still haven’t got everything done.
You know there’s more to life, You want a deep, connected relationship with your kids.
But the schedule is so full and you are pulled in so many directions.
Why are we so busy?
The problem with our obsession with “busyness” is that we are afraid of failing. We’re terrified we’re going to miss out on something — or worse, our children will miss out on something.” Shawn Fink
What if we stopped being afraid?
What if we slowed down today?
Something important to understand
When we slow down we don’t stop doing things and we don’t neglect our families. We don’t miss out on anything important.
In fact the opposite happens.
- We have time to embrace what is really important.
- We create space to hear and respond to our own internal needs.
- We can hear the needs of others we love and cherish.
- We release stress that harms our bodies and our minds.
- We can be present with those we love.
- We see more beauty, not less
AHHHHH doesn’t that sound better?
What if we slow down?
What if we start today?
12 baby steps to help you slow down
- Delegate one responsibility
- List your time commitments outside of the family; underline the ones that energize you and fill you joy. Make arrangements to graciously give up one of the others.
- Say it’s good enough for today
- Schedule in slow time between events – actually put them on your calendar
- Make a to don’t do list . I promise that the world will not end if you say no.
- Sit and do absolutely nothing for a while
- Toss the to do list and go play with your kids . Let them take the lead. Learn from them. They instinctively know how to slow down and be present.
- Stop Multitasking.
- Limit your time on social media (NOTE to self- this one is for you).
- Write your to-do list on one single post it note –that will keep it short and manageable
- Plant something
- Spend some time making art with your children
I am the first to admit that slowing down isn’t easy when our responsibilities are so great. Slowing Down is hard when our to do list screams out its list of demands. But we can do it one baby step at a time. We can do it together.[Tweet “Let’s reject busy, slow down, and start enjoying what’s really important.”]
Are you in? I’m going to work on #9 Limit social media. Which action you will choose?
Some more resources to help you slow down
You can find some helpful posts about slowing down here.
And a helpful book about Savoring Slow here
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