What a busy week! If you are anything like us then you know the craziness that the week brings. Friday's are just the start to a weekend of relaxation, family, and fun, and hopefully, a chance for you to recoup from your week full of schedules, tasks, and MUST DO's! We just wanted to remind you to make sure that you 'MAKE TIME' for the things and people who are the most important in your life! Sometimes easier said than done, right? Well ... here are a few tips that can help you to slow down your pace and live in the moment!
Become More Hands-Free
When our lives are stressful our first reaction is to escape. Phones, tablets, and computers make that easy. Instead of that helping lessen the stress, it actually trains our brains to escape our emotions. This leads to excess energy that many of us equate with busyness.
Time slows down when you are really focusing on what’s in front of you. Single-tasking is about developing focus. Living in the present will affect the very essence of your life, including work, relationships, and everything else that matters to you.
Sit With Your Family
Research has proven that normal everyday events like family dinner can make a huge difference in a child’s well-being. The benefit comes in the uninterrupted time together that makes space for a genuine relationship.
With little ones, dinner isn't easy. But, as children grow older, the dinner table becomes a place to share stories and talk about what’s happening in their lives. Regular, unrushed, family meals are touch points in family life.
Make Practical Changes When Life Is Busy
Brainstorm some new routines or habits that’ll help alleviate the pileup from happening again. Try to start one new habit at a time so you aren’t setting yourself up for failure.
In this modern age, we forget we actually have limits. We cannot do it all. Our kids cannot do it all. We cannot have a peaceful family life if we have 10 practices/lessons a week and 5 games/recitals per weekend.
Think about all that you do each week. Looking at those things, what does that say about your priorities? If the way you spend your time doesn’t reflect your values, then it’s time to make changes.
Cuddle, Read, & Talk MORE
Cuddling is actually good for kids’ brains. It’s good for us too. When we spend quality time with those we love – or do the things we love – it is time well spent. It’s both satisfying and refreshing.
Quality time with our children, doing normal things, helps us feel connected and purposeful.
Stop doing stuff that doesn’t matter so you can make time for the people you love more than anything else in the world. After all, we only have one chance to do it right!
We hope these tips made you think about new ways you can free up some of your 'busyness' to spend time making memories with your loved ones. We know we need the reminder!
Have a GREAT weekend!
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