I’ve found that as the years go by and the kids are getting older, we are in full swing living life to its fullest! Living (and loving) a “full life” often times leaves me feeling overwhelmed or rushed and in the middle of chaos. No doubt, living daily life in a home that is unfinished and in the process of “fixing up” could leave you feeling the same way!
No matter why you may feel stressed, there are a few things you can do to find peace among the chaos. Music helps me center myself. With lots of kiddos around there’s usually a lot of noise so I find that playing calming music helps to quiet everyone. One of my favorite times to do this is before dinner as I prepare the food. It helps to set a calming mood before we sit at the table and enjoy our evening meal.
Sometimes we just need a “mental vacation.” This is something I do when I feel overwhelmed and overloaded and this tied to technology for me. Once a week I try to take a technology break, it usually falls on Sundays. On that day I try to limit phone calls, television and computer. I find that taking a break from the fast pace of all things digital helps me to center myself for the upcoming week.
Years ago I heard about keeping a gratitude journal. I tried it and found that focusing on the things I was grateful for (large or small) helped get me through a tough day. Looking back at all the things I was grateful for has been a real inspiration for when I feel overwhelmed.
Comic relief is a sure way to lighten your load! Sometimes I’ve found humor in a television show I used to watch years ago, a YouTube video or even a phone call with my sister. Finding these little breaks in the seriousness of daily life can be a benefit to anyone. Who doesn’t enjoy a good belly laugh?
This summer has been full of unpacking boxes from our recent move. Talk about chaos! The little projects filling my day range from hanging shelves and curtains to maintaining our little garden and canning our bounty. I find myself practicing all of the above stress relievers every week.
Here’s to a little solitude in the midst of our full lives!
Love ya, Molly