Lately a little phrase has been running through my head, slow living. What could that look like for me? Running errands every day seems to be normal. Everyone has to have that side hustle. A normal response to hear from someone when asking how they are is, “Good, but busy” or “Stayin busy”. I don’t know that this is always a good thing.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with all of the gardening, running errands, mentoring, church duties, maybe a side job, or anything else that may be on your list? I have been there too, and honestly probably will be again. The thing that I have discovered with routines and habits is that they are more like rhythms. They ebb and flow with the seasons of our lives.
An Outing Day
Implementing two simple things into my rhythm has changed my stress levels. Number one, is creating an "Outing Day" where I do all of the things planned outside of the home. Get groceries, doctor appointments, visit shut-ins, etc. Number two, is planning for as many days as possible at home.
Generally a work week looks like this for me:
- 2-3 days working my job at the Birth Center
- 1 Outing Day
- 1 day spent with family
- 1-2 days spent homemaking
Creating stay at home days has been a game changer for me. It allows me to stay on top of laundry, cleaning, gardening, lawn work, and all the other things that fall into my schedule. This extra day also gives me more time to spend with my husband, and more time to spend on hobbies.
I know this looks different for everyone. You may have kids and be a SAHM. You may have kids and have a job in or out of the home. You may be single and live alone or with a roommate who has a cat. Or you may be like me, married with no kids yet.
Give yourself grace in whatever season of life you find yourself in. But also give yourself a leg up. Give yourself rhythms and routines that allow you to create a joyful home for you and your family.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Stay home as much as possible and enjoy that outing day to the fullest!