When do you know that it's time to slow down? For some, it's when things start slipping through the cracks. For others, it's when they start getting cranky with their loved ones, and still for others it's when they end up on their backs with a bad cold or virus or something even worse.
Stress is a serious issue in our mufti-tasking society. We are afraid to say “no”, we think we have to keep up with the people who seem to get everything done effortlessly, although I think that if we look deeper, those people are probably stressed out too. They just disguise it better.
I knew I had piled too much on my plate when I started yelling at the vehicles in front of me this morning. No matter what I did, I ran into slow moving traffic, even on the back roads. It didn't help that my gas light turned on. When I thought about it, I realized I had been trying to cram too many things into my days. Not good. And the worst thing was, I was spending too much time worrying about how I was going to get it all done!
Trying to balance work and home is not easy for any of us, but when you give yourself permission to get off the merry go round for a bit, it does make the balancing act a little easier. No one is going to say you're lazy if you take some time to sit down, read, watch TV, get outside and breathe the fresh air. And yes, it's OK to say “no” if you already have a lot going on. It’s the only way to recharge your batteries, and you'll be a lot healthier and happier in the long run.
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