Lately life has felt like, well, a lot. I could list out all the reasons why and they would be very similar to your life I'm sure! (school paperwork that exploded in my dining room, a sick kiddo, freelance work, preparing for a trip) nothing out of the ordinary really. But a wonderful cocktail for feeling overwhelmed.
I work from home, I live at home. My husband works at home. All wonderful things, but there are times like this when I look around my house all I see are unfinished projects. Laundry that needs to be done. Dishes. And oh gosh, this blog is due for a new recipe!
So, I did something weird today.
Instead of checking things off my long to do list....I took a break.
Yep: I TOOK A BREAK.
I headed out in search of a piece of luggage for my trip next week. (And I found one, yay!) I drove down a new-to-me road going home where I saw quaint old farm houses and rolling hills.... And then, when I got home I sat outside with my dog Daisy. I didn't rush in to complete the next task. And you know what? I feel better! (the sweet tea I gulped down at lunch helped too....)
I was in a season of hard parenting a few years ago. I had both kids at home all day, and was still grasping how different our lives would look with autism in the picture. I felt like I was hanging on by a string all.the.time. On the weekends often I would walk down to the lake near our house and sit on a bench to regain some sanity and peace.
And now our kids are in school. I am continually amazed at how well both of our kids are doing. God's grace is incredibly evident.
And I find myself still needing to take breaks.
And that, my friends, is a good and healthy thing.
In short: go easy on yourself, especially when life feels overwhelming. Take a short break and you may just find a new more positive perspective on your day, or get a flicker of that next creative idea. Don't get so consumed with your checklist that you forget to spend quality time with your loved ones. The checklist can wait.