I have been fighting off a flu bug for the past few days so I’ve been taking it pretty easy and I’m finally starting to feel great again. Unfortunately I’ve fallen behind schedule on a few things so I was panicked this morning before I got the kids off to school and I felt myself start to kick into hyper gear. You know that feeling when you wake up late and you’re rushed all day long and can’t catch up? Yeah, that feeling, it’s not pleasant and when I get to that point that’s when I start moving too fast and my stress level peaks. I’m going to make a conscious effort to work on this knee-jerk reaction of mine and see where it takes me.
I’m still getting my work done, don’t think I’m about to neglect any of my responsibilities, but I’m going to put things into perspective for myself. Being ill and taking a few days off does not require me to now stay up for three days to make up for lost time. I know you have deadlines, I have them too, but for the sake of my health I’m going to find a way to work some extra time in while still slowing down.
Our moment here is so short and I don’t want to spend mine rushing all of the time. I want to stop and appreciate some of the things in my life. I work hard, and sometimes I don’t stop and take notice of everything I have to be grateful for. I think if I did this more I would be more thankful, more appreciative, and a lot kinder too. Maybe the key to that is just to slow down for a second. Most of us are always just going from the second we wake up until our heads hit the pillow at night. We are ridiculously busy, and we are training our kids to be ridiculously busy, I know I am, and I’m on the fence about that right now. Are they doing too much with homework and extracurricular? I don’t know, I guess we’ll see.
My big plan to start slowing down will start tomorrow by waking up slowly. I’m going to set my alarm clock 15 minutes early and I’m going to try to stretch my way into waking up instead of springing out of bed at full speed. I don’t know how it’s going to play out, but I’m hoping it will be a new technique to battle some stress. I’ll keep you posted; all I know is that I don’t like the rushed feeling and upped stress. The work will get done, but it’s time to slow down.