Going. Going. Going. That is what it what it feels like every single day when you get bombarded at work, have to help the kids with homework, meetings to attend, dinner to plan, and a birthday gift to pick up for the third birthday party you are going to this month. Ugh! It seems the list keeps multiplying.
I have a lot of busy days, just like you. I respond to texts in my head instead of on my phone. I put my keys down then forget where. Between taking care of our home as a mom of boys and military wife while also maintaining a career, some days I am just trying to make it to bed.
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t make time to be still on busy days my temperament is off. Taking time to be still on the busy days is vital to de-stressing what could be a hectic life. Let’s take a look at three simple ways you can be still.
When life seems to be thrown at me faster than I can keep up, prayer is the equalizer. Only through continuous prayer throughout a busy day am I able to find moments to be still and maintain being a nice person. For me, busy days can quickly become stressful days. The stretching and pulling of buys days can often lead me to either respond in irritation or completely shut down. To prevent the momster in me from showing her ugly face on stressful, busy days, ongoing prayer is critical.
Pray while you are driving to work. Pray while you are changing the diaper. Pray while you are walking the dog. Pray while you are preparing dinner. Not sure where to start with prayer? Identify a few scriptures that speak to the heart of your day. Post those scriptures on the mirror of your bathroom, on your computer screen or even on the steering wheel of your car. These scriptures will encourage you doing your prayer time. The beauty of prayer is that you can do it anywhere, in any place, at any time. Give it a try and see what happens.
Practice deep breathing
Yes. Just that simple. Pause and take a deep breath. Taking time to breath has shown to help with everything from stress to anxiety. Deep breathing can promote better blood flow while also strengthening abdominal muscles. Setting aside time for deep breathing can help provide time for your body and mind to recalibrate throughout the day.
The best aspect of this technique, you can do this anywhere. Waiting in the doctor office for your kid’s wellness visit, practice deep breathing. Sitting in the carpool line, practice deep breathing. Have a few minutes before the football game starts, get comfy on your couch and practice deep breathing.
Put away the technology
Another simple step to be still on a busy day is to put away the technology. Put the phone down. Turn off the television. Silence the radio. You don’t have to check the notifications while walking up the stairs. I know you have emails that need your attention, calls you need to make, and meetings to attend. I get it. Whether you are in your phone, riding in the elevator, or even in the bathroom, give yourself time away from technology. You may feel like you have to be on your phone or computer all the time for you, but I you don’t. Our bodies need a break. Your eyes need to adjust from staring at the computer or phone screen. If your phone needs a break after continued use to prevent overheating, don’t you think you do too?
Taking a few minutes to step away from technology can help lower your stress levels, help you reconnect with the people around you, and increase your awareness of the present. Creating time in your busy day where you walk away from technology can give your body the mental boost it needs to continue your day. Placing your technology down allows you to enjoy the beautiful, intricate world around you. Enjoy it!
I know our days can be long and demands can be high. Whether you are taking care of a house full of little ones or a caregiver of a sick parent, we all get busy. Thankfully, prayer, practicing deep breathing, and taking a break from technology can help us be still even in the fastest paced day. We can experience the pause anytime we want.
Embracing the pause,