I don’t know about you, but with the holidays over and the New Year behind us, I have found myself busier than ever before! Currently, I am working two jobs equaling out to about 46 hours a week, making final decisions on wedding planning, 7.5 weeks to go (YAY), “maintaining” a workout routine and healthy diet, unpacking since I just moved, and the list goes on and on.
While all of these things are positive and exciting, I’ve found myself hitting the pillow at the end of the day feeling so drained! I’m sure each and every one of you ladies reading this could make your own list of all the things that consume your energy, spirit, and overall life right now.
Deep down, we all know that it’s so, so important that we learn how to find a healthy balance amidst a busy life. How then do we learn to find time for personal health when there seems to be none?
While I’m still learning how to do this every day, these are the things that help me feel sane amidst an always-on-the-go schedule:
- Make Time for the Word Every Day
How is it that whenever life gets busy, time with the Lord can be such an easy thing to put aside? The ironic thing is that in my experience, when I can cancel a few plans and sit myself down, open up the Word and just pray, suddenly the busyness all seems to quiet down. Suddenly, everything begins to fall into place.
Nothing has actually changed when I do this – my schedule remains the same – but my heart is different, and the position of my attention and focus is centered on my Rock versus on my stress. When it seems like you don’t have any extra time, I encourage you to cancel a few plans and make time for the Word. This could mean getting up earlier/staying up later, but the sacrifice will be so worth the blessing you will reap from time with the Lord!
If you need a Bible plan to get you in the Word for 2019, my fiancé and I are doing the “Bible in One Year 2019” plan on Youversion, and we highly recommend it!
- Find the Little Things That Fill Your Day with Abundance
Inspired by a friend of mine, I’ve begun to find “small joy” moments all day long during my busy schedule. What is a “small joy”, you may ask? It’s finding something little that makes the day feel more joyful, more “worth it”, fuller of life. Shauna Neiquist said it well in her book Bittersweet:
“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.”Bittersweet by Shauna Neiquist
For me lately, my small joys have been having my favorite coffee first thing in the morning (SF Brown Sugar Cinnamon double latte w/ extra foam, pretty please), incorporating an audio book into my morning commute (currently: “Cold Tangerines”, also by Shauna Neiquist – So. Good.), making time to call a friend who fills me with laughter and joy and making time to have a quality conversation with my fiancé even if there’s laundry to be done and dishes to be washed.
These little joys, for me, make the longer days feel like life is filled with things that fill me up, not just drain me out. The long schedules often feel less daunting when I know I have so many small things to look forward to throughout each and every day.
- Self-Care: Create an Environment of Health
Lastly, I believe that remembering health and self-care is so important in busy seasons of life. But, much like time with the Lord, these are some of the first things to go out the window in a season of busyness.
While everyone has different preferences and needs for self-care, these are some of mine that keep me feeling holistically healthy:
At the end of a busy day, I’ll diffuse some lavender and peppermint, and it’s such a game changer for me. I also enjoy putting lavender on my wrists and peppermint on my forehead. Even *while* I’m working away on my laptop, doing this brings me a sense of calm and brings relaxation to my mind and body. I couldn’t recommend this enough for some self-care time.
When I begin to sense that my diet has been affecting my energy, mind, and overall health during a busy time, I’ll do some sort of a cleanse/fast. For me, this is often just a quick “Whole 30” diet for a few days, sticking to fruits, veggies, and meats. This helps me reset my body, removes harmful toxins, and overall helps my busy schedule feel more doable.
Long Walks Outside:
In my devotional yesterday, the writer talked about how throughout the Bible, every person who was close to God made time to “walk with Him”. It correlated this to the importance of making time to get outside and just walk and talk with God. This is my favorite time of the week, every time, hands down. These walks give me the head space to really listen to the Holy Spirit and have oneness with God. I always leave these walks feeling filled with peace, direction, and the head space to really trust the Lord. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
I hope all of these ideas have helped inspire you to breathe a little deeper and find time for what you value in your busy schedule. I’d absolutely love to hear the things that help each and every one of you ladies feel whole in busy seasons of life – make sure to comment below what you love to do when life gets busy!