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Juggling Balls. . .

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I once heard a very wise lady say, "everyday you are desperately trying to juggle balls. Let me give you permission to drop a few. The ball of trying to please everyone all the time, trying to do everything for everyone and never doing anything for yourself." When she said that I suddenly felt like it was OK to relax a little and pay attention to my needs. An epiphany of sorts. You mean it is alright for me to do something for myself? Lightening won't strike the spa if I go and get a massage??

At the time I had two little girls under the age of 5 and I was a Kindergarten Teacher and a husband who was in the Navy & gone two months at a time and a house to clean..etc..etc..etc..You know what I am talking about. We all have things in our lives that keep us busy. Never let your busy life keep you from taking time for yourself!! Spending time at the gym is a wonderful way to take time for yourself because after awhile you will notice that the positive endorphins you get from exercise will stabilize your moods and help fight depression. You may never LOVE to be in a Spin Class but you will love the way it makes you feel when you are finished.

Having coffee with a friend, getting your nails done, playing with the grandchildren, driving to the lake, having a massage, reading a book, or going shopping are all things that we need in our lives and it is OK to do them on a regular basis as a way to relax!!

Rest and recovery . It is a very important part and now on week 3 of some of my challenges I felt it was an appropriate subject to address. God rested from his work. I always take one day a week off from the gym to let my muscles recover. Usually for me it is Sunday because I go to church and then try to do something with the grandchildren that they enjoy. Rest doesn't have to be taking a nap although if you want a nap..take it! It can also be doing something for yourself that will make you feel pampered and valuable.

Many times we eat too much because we are trying to relieve stress that would be relieved much more effectively if we just took time to breathe. Next time the kids are screaming, the phone is ringing, and the house is a mess just realize that this may be a perfect time to go for a walk or go to the mall. DON'T go the fridge!!

Basically what I am saying is give yourself permission to RELAX a little. Give yourself a break! If you don't take care of yourself then you will burn out and who will take care of everyone else?? Rest is good and necessary. Embrace it as part of your new life!! I'll see you at the spa!!

Thank you to all my Spark Friends,

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  • MUSIC66
    thanks for the reminder i like time on my own too.
    4299 days ago
    Hi there! I couldn't agree more. That's mainly why I enjoy exercising as much as I do - it's one part of the day that's entirely about me. Keep up the great work!
    4314 days ago
    thanks for the reminder. I do have my down time, I do enjoy reading or catching up with my shows. I find walking has also been very relaxing and feels like a reward to me. As someone had posted, my yoga class has also been a very relaxing time.
    4319 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    Hi Rosie,
    Thanks for this message.
    It is SO true...we can only push ourselves
    so far. We have to recognize when we need
    to "drop a few balls" and take care of ourselves!
    Sunday is also my day of rest. I have recently
    started taking a yoga/pilates type class...feels so
    good to stretch out those muscles that are working so
    hard for me! I also think, I'm not eating enough for
    the amount of exercise I'm doing and need to re-evaulate that.
    (¯`v´¯) Take care of YOU!
    .`·.¸.·´ Hugs,
    ¸.·´¸.·´¨) ¸.·*¨)Karen
    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ .·´ ¸¸.·¨¯`·.

    4319 days ago
    This is all so true. And I have found that lately, I really DO need to give myself permission to drop a few of the balls that I have in the air and do a few things for me.
    THanks for posting this.
    4320 days ago
  • JEN169
    I am so glad that I read this today! It was just what I needed to read. It is true that everything that you need to do like dishes or dusting will still be there. My kids are growing up so fast! I love spending time with them. I just wish my husband would understand that!

    Peace and Prayers,
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    4320 days ago
    Thank you, I think I'll go for that walk now. The first ball I'm going to drop are the three teams I work so hard to get live into, but they just don't grow.

    This is just the message I needed today!
    4320 days ago
    Great Blog - True that!
    4320 days ago
    Nice blog...you are so right! emoticon
    4320 days ago
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