It’s Time to Slow Down and Enjoy the Simple Things in Life Again
Do you feel like your life is rushed and hectic and far too busy? It’s not unusual to feel this way after the holidays as you were hosting and attending parties, shopping, wrapping gifts, decorating, and traveling, but when you seem to always be rushing around no matter what time of year, it’s time to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life once again.
This is often easier said than done. One reason for this is that the things that keep us busy are often necessary in our lives today. We need to work 40 hours per week or even more just to pay the mortgage and grocery bills, and you still need to do the grocery shopping, clean your house, take your children to their play dates, and handle so many other responsibilities at the end of the day. It may not be possible to remove everything from your life that keeps it stressed and busy, and still be able to pay your bills and take care of your family.
The other reason that this is often easier said than done is that many things that keep us busy are fun and enjoyable distractions. You may love going to the mall after work and going out with the girls one night per week and heading out to shows and dates out every weekend. Because the things that make you rushed and busy are fun and entertaining, you don’t want to give them up.
As enjoyable and as necessary as many of these things may be, they can also cause undue stress as you try to accomplish too much, every day and every week. You can also be physically exhausted which in turn causes you to be distracted, irritable, and to have a lack of concentration. This stress and exhaustion from trying to accomplish so much can take a great toll on your health, raising your blood pressure, giving you headaches and muscle aches, and even leading to premature heart attacks!
To slow down and enjoy the simple things in life, you need to prioritize. Your job and family responsibilities come first, but be sure you’re not taking on too much with either. Don’t work late unnecessarily and don’t over-schedule your family or refuse to get help. Older children should be pitching in with chores around the house, and everyone should keep their schedule simple.
Do the same for your own hobbies and pursuits. You don’t need to hit the mall every weekend; go just one Saturday per month. Your girl’s night out might be pared down to every other week, and you might choose activities on the weekend that don’t take up an entire Saturday. By keeping things simple you may find that you actually enjoy them more and feel better overall.