I’ve never considered myself an inspirational person but I want to be open and use my own words for inspiration this Monday Mantra. There is nothing elaborate or philosophical within this message but I hope to inspire others to Take Time to Breathe! The season for joy, giving, family traditions, and love is here but it can easily become the season for stress, exhaustion, and burn-out.
Truth is, I recently gave myself permission to take time to breathe with no guilt attached. It seems taking a (life) break would come more naturally but we put SO much pressure on ourselves to do it all and be it all and I’m trying to make a conscious effort to slow down, prioritize, and tackle what I realistically can.
For me, I had to slow down writing even though it is something I LOVE doing and I reminded myself that I would get back to my routine as soon as life slowed down for us a bit. It was hard to accept that I couldn’t do things that are super important to me such as blogging and going to the gym and honestly I’m still not exactly “back on track”.
We had out-of-town company staying with us and then my boys got sick and everyday life just seemed more challenging than the already every day challenging…I’m sure we have all been there!
It’s true when we sometimes put one thing on the back burner, umpteen million new things seem to fill that space and there is this learning curve attached to allowing ourselves to slow down. How often, do we find that when we get a break, we almost feel bad about it? I know I’ve sat down and then all these thoughts race through my mind about what I could or should be doing.
Sometimes it’s in those moments of solitude or rest that there is clarity. Sometimes it’s in those moments that what really matters in life, flashes right before me. I know my norm is to hustle bustle around or be tied up with technology (texting, social media, taking photos of my boys). So, even in the moments that should be my mental break, I’m distracted and not exactly present.
Giving myself time to breathe may just be sitting down on the floor…there’s just something about sitting on the floor that as an open invitation for my boys to climb or throw something at me BUT it’s these playful moments I truly cherish, if I allow myself to. It takes a conscious effort to put off another task or even eliminate some of the chaos but it opens an opportunity to truly enjoy what makes my heart happy.
[tweetthis twitter_handles=”@lovesmplybeauty” hidden_hashtags=”#quote”]There is so much to value in THIS life, the life we are living right now, let’s not let it pass us by[/tweetthis]
This holiday season and bringing in the new year, my wish is to continue to allow myself a chance to breathe. Take time to appreciate life, to give, to love, to reflect, to be present, and to just be me. It may take a conscious effort but there is so much to value in THIS life, the life we are living right now, let’s not let it pass us by.