My husband and I celebrated our seventeenth wedding anniversary over the weekend. I wanted to do something special for him, because he is so kind, thoughtful and very good to me often. It seems our society has lead us to believe that husbands or males have a great responsibility when it comes to anniversaries, most other holidays or special occasions. While this is my observation, I choose not to buy in to this belief. Thus, I decided to take him away for a few days to Michigan where we could visit some of his favorite breweries. Long story short, it was a lot of fun spending time with him.
Though it was a busy weekend as we drove to many places, I still had time to embrace the moments in between. One thing in particular which amazed me was just looking at the Michigan sky; the colors of autumn and the nature around us. It made me think of how often I forget to just breathe. We live in a world where busyness is almost a badge of honor. Which in reality it’s not a badge of honor, busyness is exhausting and stressful. We may get things done but at what cost, and what level of quality?
The holiday season is approaching fast. Perhaps like many others, this is a time that proves to be busy for just about everyone. What better time for a few tips on taking it easy so that we can enjoy these precious moments with family and friends. Next time you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or a little bit lost try a few of these helpful tips.
- Set a schedule. Planning for your day ahead through a list or a more comprehensive schedule, do what works for you.
- Keep a log of your time. The best way to know where your time went is to keep track of it. See what you can cut back on or cut out completely. Again, you can keep this in a notebook or an elaborate spreadsheet, it doesn’t matter how you track it, just that you do track your time.
- Have an hour to yourself. Allow at least an hour a day to invest in you. Use the time for a bubble bath, a quick nap, reading your favorite book, spending some time with a favorite person. This is time for you to indulge and recharge. This is not time for working on a project at work or doing the laundry.
- Use a technology tower. To capitalize on your time with family, friends or colleagues without distraction.Everyone turns their cell phone off and places all the phones on top of each other or in the middle of the table while you are together so that you can truly engage without distraction.
No doubt you may have heard one or all of these suggestions before. Yet there are many other suggestions that will help you to have time to just breathe. One thing that works for me is to commit 100% of my efforts to the task at hand. For example if I’m spending the next hour with my husband, he gets 100% of my attention during that time. This is not successful every time, I am human, and thus I keep working on improving. Everyone has a million things going on and people want our attention, usually when it is most inconvenient for us.
Sometimes we need to hit the pause button to savor the moment at hand. For when it has past, it is gone and we must keep moving forward. There are so many wonders in the world. Take the time to sit in silence and soak it in. Allow yourself to organically use the senses that your creator gave you, they are for you to experience the miracles that surround us at every moment of our lives. Just breathe.