Are adjectives like crunched, stretched, and pressured used to describe your life?

by montejosmemorials on July 12, 2016

Are adjectives like crunched, stressed, pressured used to describe your life?

by Joyce Montejo

 

Do you constantly feel like there just aren’t enough hours in a day? I have been guilty of saying that, but when I think about it, it makes me laugh. God knew what he was doing when He designed the day, how many hours, what times were light, and when to sleep, but I cram as many things into that time as I possibly can.

In earlier times, days were controlled by natural light. Now we have the option to accomplish whatever we want to, whenever we want to, and we do. Then we add all of the extra stimulation we get from electronics. There’s the learning aspect, so we stuff our brains full, the social media aspect, knowing what everyone is doing and the pressure we let ourselves feel trying to keep up with that. No wonder so many struggle from depression and anxiety! There really is an overwhelming amount of stuff in our lives, so what do we do?

I try to prioritize, but many times I feel like there is nothing to let go of. Do I stop homeschooling, quit our businesses, don’t eat or sleep? That sounds kind of funny, because those definitely aren’t options!

One of my "light bulb moments" was when I realized I need to prioritize the things that keep me positive and feeling good, and I am better able to accomplish the other things.

Prioritizing my devotion time and knowing that it doesn’t have to look the same way for me as it does for you, is huge in helping me not feel so overwhelmed, even though our schedule is still the same, it totally changes how I feel. Healthy eating and using my herbs, are a huge part of keeping stress levels at bay. Again, this doesn’t have to look the same for all of us. For me it may be Trim Healthy Mama, for you it may be vegetarian. Coming to the place where we don’t feel like we have to be in bondage to a certain thing because it’s popular, or working for others take a lot of pressure off. Find the best eating lifestyle for you. The same goes for exercise. It helps me to feel more energetic, but I had to realize that it has to be  20 minute walk or a short low impact workout video, not a 5K run or an hour high impact video, otherwise it has the opposite effect. If those work for you, great, but if not, implement what does, and don’t feel pressured. Our goal is to decrease stress, and not feel so crunched for time!

I read something this morning that sparked sharing these thoughts with you. It was talking about the Proverbs 31 woman and how we can feel guilty if we don’t accomplish all that she did. Their closing thoughts were that she clearly was energetic and strong, but in order to do all that she did successfully, she had to have been caring for her own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as well.

My prayer for you and myself too is that we would allow God to arrange our days and help us to know what things to include and what to leave undone, as He gives us a peaceful mind and orders out steps.

How about you? Are there some things you need to work back into your schedule to care for yourself and some things to let go of?

 

 


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