Let’s talk about life, stress, and relaxation for a second because it’s been awhile (previous post here). Moment of honesty, I’ve been very stressed for a few weeks. The stress is coming from various areas of my life. Some of the stress is work, life, personal growth, devotion, and blog related (sounds like a ton of areas huh?). I can’t explain why these areas suddenly became huge stress areas without sounding like I’m whining, but here goes.
It all started a few weeks ago when we added a brand new puppy (you’ll meet her this week so stay tuned!) to our family. This small, currently 8lb edition rocked my whole world upside down. Mix in some personal growth struggles, work issues, a huge slack in my devotion, and blog burnout to really seal the deal on stress. The main issue has been balance, my balance of life is off a bit. My schedule is rearranged and some of my routines are off. Here area few things I’m doing to help settle the chaos down a bit:
Ask for help when you need help
there is nothing wrong with asking for help. I’m not a woman who will say – hey, I need some help. Lately, I’m learning that asking for help is not a bad thing. For example, I’ve reached out to other bloggers for advice and opinions on some blog related topics. We aren’t meant to conquer the world all alone.
I Can’t Control Everything
I’m not saying I’m a control freak at all. In fact, most of the time I’m a jump up and go with the flow kinda lady. I do have areas of my life that I like to take lead on though. One of those areas is my home. I like a clean house that is cleaned my way. With the addition of the puppy the whole place is upside down. Chew toys, dog slobber, hair, and gross puppy messes (I’ll spare the details) everywhere. Guess what, I’m still perfectly healthy even though the dog has been running under my bed for who knows how long and leaving puddles (sigh – gross).
Misery Creates Misery
If I’m miserable, my whole family is miserable. Simple as that folks. Guess what, if my family is miserable then I’m miserable. We’re a family and we each influence each other. Stress can become a huge toxic cycle. I’m not about that life so my attitude is changing as I type. The plan is to enjoy the moments, enjoy the messes, and enjoy each day of my life. I’ve got way more positives than negatives to appreciate.
God Comes First
Devotion is huge for me but I have been way off track for quite awhile. Every day is a new day and we are all a work in progress. I’m working to rearrange my life and make and keep God first. Put God first and the rest will fall into place. I firmly believe that when God is first in life we will make better decisions and have an all around better attitude.
Photo Credit: Liz Paveza / Misfit 29 / @thismisfitliz