We all need time for ourselves, something to do to take our minds off the everyday cares and worries.
Whether it is sitting down with a good book, some kind of craft project, or going for a walk or run, each one of us needs that time for some activity to give us balance.
I have written more than once about the lack of spare time in my life. I not only set aside my writing for a while, but also set aside my time spent scrapbooking and card making.
With the baby crib set up in the middle of my office, there is no longer room to set up my craft table to work on my paper crafting. I have tried to set it up in the living room, but the living room is small and there really is not room for it to be left there.
The kitchen table is the same. If I spread my supplies out in the morning to create, it all has to be picked up before lunch so that we have a place to eat.
With all the other struggles I was facing, being unable to find that time for myself only added to my unhappiness.
Finding time to exercise also presented its own set of problems.
I find that I have to get up at least by 6 AM in order to have time to spend with the Lord and then to do my exercises before the day gets into full swing. It is best to be up shortly after 5 AM to ensure that I have enough time, and don’t have to skimp on my Bible study. But sleepless nights do not make for early rising. (More on that in a later post.)
I found that sleeping later gave me only 2 options, neither one of which I particularly cared for. I could take care of myself and let others fend for themselves, or I tended to others and not take care of myself. Not a good set of options. So I have begun going to bed earlier with the hope that I will get enough sleep and will be able to be up with the sun.
LESSON LEARNED –
A balanced schedule is called for, one that will give me some time to myself while ensuring that all the other necessities get taken care of.
So, make time for self, to breath, to settle the tumult inside. Find something that you enjoy doing and then make the time to do it.
I have also discovered that using the using the quiet times in the day to immerse myself in God’s Word does more for me than spending that time doing some kind of craft or sitting in front of the TV.
It settles my mind, gives me time to unwind and best of all, helps me to understand my Creator a little better.
© Drusilla Mott and http://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2014