We spent a portion of this weekend catching up on cleaning.
I don’t know about anyone else…but, this is a form of self-care for me. Having everything clean and tidied up clears my brain and allows me to relax.
When things are cluttered, I feel anxious. My thoughts can’t stop racing on all the things that need to get done…
But…when everything is clean…I feel more peaceful. I feel more calm. I feel like I can operate from a place of peace and calm. I have found that my outer environment deeply affects my inner environment. And, often times what’s going on in my outer environment can be a reflection of what’s going on, on the inside and vice verse.
I also started reading book this weekend. I’ve loved taking moments here in there to a) get lost in a story, and b) set an example for my kids.
Right now, we have a “Summer Rules” paper up on the fridge. My kids have a list of things they have to do, before they can have tablet or tv time.
Some of them are self-care. Some of them are prepping us to get into our school season. One of the rules is reading for 20 minutes. Kids, they pay attention to what we are doing, as adults. Are we holding ourselves to the same standards?! Are we making ourselves have some self-care, are we making ourselves read and write everyday? Are we spending time cleaning and taking care of our environment?
It’s a lot easier to do what we say, when our actions and our words match up.
So, I’m thankful for creating these habits of self-care, so that I can have the energy to do the things I say my kids should be doing.
So, I was anticipating today being a very hard day.
But, it wasn’t as rough as I’d expected it to be.
Self-care today was FaceTiming with a friend.
We talked for two hours, just about all different things…and it was just what I needed.
Today made me realize, before the pandemic, I was doing little things throughout the day to take care of myself.
And then, as we have progressed through this, and transitioned as a family to our new normal at home…I was taking less time for myself. Which started creating more anxiety in me, than what I’d been having the previous month.
I’m so thankful I decided to do this challenge to help me sort through why my anxiety was increasing in June. I’m thankful that it’s giving me a source to process, and a reservoir to draw from.
Self-care is sooo important, y’all. And so is community!!
(This is a snap shot of our playlist on Spotify-I do not own any rights to the music or images created for these artists)
Today, I’m thankful for our Friday playlist. We have a group of songs that we play every Friday. It helps lighten our moods on weeks that are rough, and it helps us be even more excited about the weekend on good weeks.
A while back, I posted how my husband’s grandpa sat and talked with us, this summer. He told us how he would sit down with a pastor, every time he had a new pastor. He would tell the new pastor “If you aren’t stepping on my toes, I’m not going to be sitting in these pews”. He went on to say that too many people nowadays only want to be praised. They don’t want to be held accountable, and be told the areas they need to grow in.
Yesterday, at church, I was grateful to hear our pastor say some hard things. To challenge the congregation. That we may not be who we think we are in any given situation.
I’ve heard this before. But, it was the first time that it felt authentic and genuine.
So, today…I’m grateful for pastors who step on their congregations toes. I’m sure you get a lot of complaining emails for it. But, know that there are some of us who support it!