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  • Writer's pictureElysia Douglas

Slow down.

When is the last time you took time to smell the proverbial flowers?

From the time we wake up until the time we go to bed, there’s always something going on. We’re dropping off at daycare, going to work, running errands on our lunch break, eating at our desk, picking up from daycare, preparing dinner, helping with homework, trying to get 30 minutes of fun in between baths and bedtime, and then passing out only to get up and do it all over again the next day.

I get it. There are things that need to get done. But at what cost? Our minds are always racing and we’re under so much societal and self-inflicted pressure to keep it all together and do it with a smile on our face. Our stress levels are through the roof.

What if you don’t work outside of the home? Is it really any better? It is a common belief that when you’re a stay at home mom, you have all the time in the world to take care of your needs and everybody else’s which is just not always true. Between cooking, cleaning, laundry…oh the laundry! and taking care of the kids, you can barely remember to do the most basic things like eat.

Forget running the errands at lunch and don’t worry, the laundry will be there tomorrow.

I know it’s easier said than done. I mean, I just posted that long list of tasks up there.

Humor me. I want you to try this.

Find a moment to just slow down.

Take a walk in the park. Soak up some vitamin D or sit in the shade and feel the cool breeze. Take a deep breath. Breathe in the fresh air and just listen. Listen to the sounds of children playing, the water from the fountain, the birds singing, or even the sounds of the city. What are you thinking about? Hopefully, nothing. Just clear your mind.

Let that clarity be your guide in how to proceed with the rest of your week. With more organized thoughts, create a schedule that allows for more moments to slow down and enjoy your city, your home, your spouse/partner, your children, your friends, and your life. You work hard every day. You’re worth it. You deserve it!

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