I know everyone’s life is crazy anymore! It is hard to find a balance. I’ve been super stressed lately and have forgotten to do the things that I enjoy doing.
When life is busy, or all your energy is focused on a special project, it's all too easy to find yourself "off balance," not paying enough attention to important areas of your life. While you need to have drive and focus if you're going to get things done, taking this too far can lead to frustration and intense stress.
That's when it's time to bring things back into balance.
How about a mantra?
A mantra is the main focus of meditation, a word or a phrase that you use to center your mind. Repeat your word or phrase throughout the day to gain more control and feel calmer.* For example K1, P2, slip 1, ktog, psso*
Keep a routine
Keeping a routine can make a hectic or stressful time in your life an anchor, like drinking a cup of coffee in the morning or sit quietly in your favorite chair or writing in your journal. How about knitting several rows a day or 15 min a day.
Do One Thing at a Time
We become experts with multi-tasking these days, people think more is better. Try to do just one thing at a time. Carefully pay attention to what you are doing, and where you are at the moment. This is also known as mindfulness meditation. Instead of doing lots of things not very well, just do one. *Concentrate on a lace pattern *grin**
Acceptance as a concept appears in Eastern religious concepts such as Buddhist mindfulness, and in human psychology. Religions and psychological treatments often suggest the path of acceptance when a situation is both disliked and unchangeable, or when change may be possible only at great cost or risk. *I finally decide to frog that #%#ing sweater!*
Random Acts of Kindness
Kindness acts give us a deep feeling of purpose. When you do something nice for other, you have a sense of connecting to that person, and it does wonder for the mind. *Teach someone to knit or spin*.
Be Kind to Yourself
You will not be able to take care of anyone or anything else in your life if you’re burned out or run down. Have at least 15 minutes every day to do something pleasurable just for yourself. *go buy yourself that yarn you really want*
It Is OK to Say No
It is challenging to say no on the spot. If you have a hard time saying no, hey blame it on your husband/partner etc.…, *I’m knitting my DH a sweater that he must wear to the game Fri. night*
Simplify your home
Simplify your desk, kitchen counters, or any other spot in the house that collect clutters. You will have more time to do what you love, less stress if you are not overwhelmed with your environment.*yarn excluded*