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Sometimes I feel like the Energizer Bunny (maybe I should be that for Halloween this year?). I often just don’t know how to slow down. From the moment my alarm goes off (usually between 6-6:30) I am off!
My old office, where I am temping until early November, is a five-minute walk from my house and I don’t have to be there until 9:00 most days. Yet I feel compelled to squeeze in as much as I can doing those morning hours–reading or writing blog posts, working on a piece of jewelry or listing it on Etsy, reading from one of the many books I am simultaneously reading (ranging at the moment from a sci-fi novel for my bookclub to a women’s guide to starting her own business), occasionally exercising, sometimes even cooking at 7:00 in the morning. Hence why I get up three hours before I have to leave for work. (Really, who needs that much time to get ready in the morning?)
I get home from work and it’s often more of the same. That never-ending list of to-do’s, need to check off as many things as I can.
Last night, despite having a bunch of things I needed wanted to get done, I actually relaxed. From 8:00 until I went to bed at 10:00 (yes, I went to bed earlier on a Friday night than I go to bed during the week) I did nothing except watch Grey’s Anatomy and read a fun book and it was glorious!
I realized, as busy as a I feel and as much as I want to get things done, I need time to just chill out and not let all the things I have convinced myself I need to get done take over my life. I often find myself when making plans with friends that I often stress about not leaving enough time at home to get stuff done, and I start to prioritize getting those things done (many of which really are not that important) at home over spending time with people who matter to me. Which is strange because I am such a relationship-oriented person. I love spending time with my friends, whether it be making a Sunday-night dinner together, strolling around the city, or just talking.
So why do I get so focused on all the little things in life that really aren’t that important?
Yes, if I want my jewelry business to succeed I have to devote time to it. And if I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by a messy house I have to find time to clean it. But it’s also important to just relax.
I plan on having children sometime in the near future, and I know how much this is going to change my life (which is probably more than I even truly realize). I need to learn to appreciate this time where I can do absolutely nothing and have no one depending on me for their survival.
I need to learn how to slow down now so that when children come I can enjoy the moment, because from what I hear they grow up so fast. I need to learn to slow down so I don’t drive myself crazy.
What do you do to slow yourself down?
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