Saturday, December 8, 2007

Learning to Relax 101

Hello, friends. Well, for those of you that have been following along, I believe the coin funnel of my mind has quieted a bit, for now, at least.

The past couple weeks have been really rough, personally. That's not to say that a lot of great stuff hasn't happened, but man, there've been a few really hard days!

Part of the problem is that I'm coming to that place of realization that I can't do as much or run as hard as I would like. I'm a passionate person, driven to pour myself out to serve the Lord... it may sound honorable or spiritual enough, but I'm starting to find myself on that dreaded fast track to burnout.

I'm going to have to force myself to learn how to take a day off, to be ok with not constantly trying to be productive (I'll seriously have to resist some genetic forces for this to work!).

I'm going to have to take the advice of the 9th grade girl that just reminded me, "Even God rested!".

I'm going to have to learn how to 'take my thoughts captive' and fully engage in whatever I am doing at the time, to not get overwhelmed by everything else that's waiting for me.

I do have a couple strategies I'm trying:

-I've set up an office in the back bedroom, to help resist the urge to check my e-mail every 2.3 seconds.

-I've determined to develop and live by a daily schedule, to resist the paralysis brought on by 147 non-urgent but still really good things to do.

-I'm giving myself permission to chuck that schedule on the weekend, so I can sleep in and have fun and not think about important stuff, so I can come back to it refreshed, eager, and ready to change the world!

1 comment:

caljoy said...

Good girl! Mondays is usually my "down" day. After a loooong Sunday I sleep in till I wake up.
I read the paper in my pj's, putz around the house. I try my hardest, unless it is something that cannot be moved, I try to keep Mondays - Mydays. It fuels me up for the coming week, and gives me that down time I need. We all have to find what works best for us. I also try and get little alone times at night to watch something I recorded, to listen to music, etc. I actually read a whole, non fiction, good-read-from-a-author-I-like. It felt so good to not be underlining or highlighting, just to read for the sake of escaping.