Ok so I have to admit I am a little obsessed with the “Why are we so much busier than 20 years ago?” question. Especially with technology making life convenient. I discovered that this question has a multitude of answers.
I decided this year I would try to make my life less overwhelming and cut out the “run around crazy.” Come mid August anxiety set in. I didn’t feel ready for the work, life, church balance. Now that we’re three week into the school year, I already made some progress. It helps to record it here, but my fear is a few months it will be a whole different story. Here’s some changes I made:
- Saying “no.” I had to say, “no” to a few small things already. Even though they were minor things, it was painful. It made me realize I am a huge “people pleaser” when it comes to extra tasks & projects.
- Exercise: I will still exercise (and I have been consistent) 5-6 mornings a week because it does give me a mental boost and it’s my best use of “alone time.” I came to the point a few years ago where my thoughts were, “Ugh I need to go exercise. I SHOULD really go and do it” to “I NEED to do it and I WANT to do it and I can’t imagine NOT doing it.”
- No fall sports: Our kids are at the age when they don’t need to be doing sports year round. They are pretty young. So rather than push swim team or soccer, we will continue to run 2-3 times a week for 15-20 minutes maximum…although we took the month of September completely off.
- Praying about our schedule & pursuing God: I have prayed about our time commitments and activities. I am striving to seek the Lord first in everything (not just my schedule) before seeking Facebook, friends, etc.
- Not talk about being busy: It has become a status symbol to declare how busy you are and walk around in a frazzled state. I am trying to be thankful for the opportunities God has given me and decrease the pressure put on myself.
- Eating! I am in three weeks into a pretty significant change in eating. You can read it about on my exercise blog. I am striving to do so without having to purchase products I cannot really afford right now. My goal is to eat clean foods. This is a quote from my gym’s website:
Clean food is basically food without any added unnatural or processed ingredients. If you can’t find the ingredient or food in nature, then it probably isn’t clean. For example, an orange is a better option than orange juice (processed and added sugar). And orange juice is better than an orange creamsicle (who knows what is actually in one of those). The more steps food has to take from its natural state, the less clean it tends to be.Clean foods are the best because our bodies are designed to thrive off real food.
It has helped that we have so much fresh vegetables and fruit in the house right now from our garden and other people’s gardens. I am determined to keep it up throughout the fall and winter as well. My reason is not weight loss but basic health. I struggle with anxiety, severe PMS, and I am around kids all day with runny noses. We’ve already dealt with one stomach bug already that I thankfully only had mildly. It is too early to tell if the diet change is making a significant difference, but I can tell you I lost two pounds and my anxiety has been minimal.
So bring on the fall! I am not sure what this school year will hold, but it’s been a good three weeks already.