We’re all guilty of it. The glorification of “busy. We work, take care of the kids, take care of the house. Start a project, volunteer at the school, plan a trip. It’s hard to say no, and pretty soon, you don’t remember what it felt like to just sit still.
Problems With Busy
It’s not good for the soul, this being busy. The damage is being caused every single day, and we’re too busy to notice!It's not good for the soul, being busy. Let's end the glorification of busy right now! #wahm #motherhood Click To Tweet
- Our stress level is rising.
- We’re getting less sleep.
- We’re skipping meals.
- There are to-do lists by our beds.
It’s like a competition! Who can be the busiest? Who’s to-do list is the longest? These last few months, I’ve found myself yearning for stillness. Craving the calmness of my early mornings.
Working on Being UN-Busy
I’m still trying to take this stillness into more aspects of my life. I’m going to bed a little earlier, saying “no” more often, making time for lost hobbies, and even going “unplugged” when the mood suits me. It’s been so freeing. I find myself being more productive, actually. My nerves have been less on edge. Stillness is good for the soul.
So, here’s what I propose, for anyone who would like to join me. I propose a stillness challenge. It’s not a competition. I don’t need you to report back (although you can if you want to). This is just for you! Try to take a moment each day to forget that you are busy. Relish a few minutes of stillness each day, and see what happens.I'm proposing a stillness challenge. Read more about it here! #busymoms #wahm Click To Tweet
If you need some ideas on ways to let yourself be less busy, try one of these:
- Read a book.
- Fix a cup of tea or coffee.
- Write in a journal.
- Meditate, or use positive affirmations.
- Go “unplugged” by turning off all of your electronics.
- Play with your kids or pets.
- Do a puzzle.
Take a Minute for Stillness
If you are like most people these days, you probably feel stressed out and anxious a lot of the time. The focus we put on multi-tasking, and the way we compete over our to-do lists has us so buried in the stress that we don’t even notice it any more. If you need a minute to relax and step away from your hectic schedule, please give yourself permission! Write in your journal or enjoy a cup of coffee to give yourself time to re-charge. These are the moments that offer clarity and help us work out our priorities. They say you can’t pour from an empty cup. Consider these moments of stillness your refill, and relish in them!