Take a moment and think about the last time you had a good belly laugh. Or, when was the last time you picked your feet up for ten minutes and did nothing?
Life has never been busier. Distractions from our work weigh on us and keep us from sleeping properly. We lay awake at night worrying about the finances, our families, our declining health.
Did you know your body at rest can repair itself after the barrage of stress and adrenalin dumped into it over the course of a day? Oftentimes the pain, inflammation and diseases we deal with are due to the lack of balance in our lives.
Talk about fight or flight response. When my dental hygienist suggested I run to deal with my Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain I knew it was time to find alternative remedies for dealing with stress.
In the past year, I have had my gall bladder removed, broken my middle finger, and dealt with major life changes we all deal with at one time or another.
The pace of our daily routine has grown exponentially with the insertion of new technology. How much news do we really need to see? Is it even true what we are seeing on the news channels, the internet, publications?
We need more balance in our lives. I know I do.
One of the ways to bring more balance into your life is by prioritizing your daily responsibilities.
What is the first thing you do in the morning? It’s easy to hop out of bed and hit the floor running. Try this instead~
Wake up 15~ 20 mins. earlier and grab some fruit. Sit down in your quiet place and think about what is essential to do for that day. Meditate on the good things, hand over your worries to God.
Even better, take your dog or just yourself and take a walk or run outdoors. This one habit has helped me so much I have no more need to have treatment for my TMJ. In fact, I sleep at night and feel rested when I wake up in the morning
My husband and I took a long awaited to trip to Hawaii for our 35th anniversary this summer.
It was ten days of relaxation, exploring, long conversations, walks on the beach, and enjoying each other.
I can’t tell you how many times I thought about that trip to get me through the challenges, work and responsibilities weighing me down throughout the months preceding the trip.
The second way to bring more balance into our lives~ take some time away with your loved ones. Even if it’s a walk in the local park, a great movie, or just coffee at the local cafe.
My nephew, a personal trainer, asked me to dinner recently. When I told him I was running he said, “that takes a lot of balance.”
That got me thinking about the balance thing. Do you have people in your life who can help balance the responsibilities in your life? Do you think about asking for help or do you try to do it all yourself?
Our contractor talked about a cast iron clawfoot tub my husband is treating me to. It weighs a ton (maybe quite literally) and he had to bring in extra men to help him carry it up to our renovated bathroom.
I asked him how it went. And, he said, “I brought straps to hook it onto my shoulders and balance the weight.” Success!
We all have heavy burdens. We do need each other. We need self care in the midst of all our activities.
We most definitely need wisdom to help us carry the load. And, we need a God who will shoulder that burden for us.