“Extreme Self-Care is all about extraordinary mothering. A good mother knows what helps a child feel whole in every way. She develops a finely tuned sensor that lets her know what her children need; and using a loving, discerning eye, does her best to meet these needs.” Cheryl Richardson
Most people gravitate to one or two types of dealing with chaotic hours, days, or seasons. They are either overly active and don’t stop or they have a hard time doing much of anything because it just feels too stressful.
Like most of what makes all of me, I tend to land on either of these or right in the middle. I’m learning to find a balance when that is the last thing I feel.
If I am moving too much, I will CHOOSE to create a slowing or stopping point. If I am cleaning, I will give myself a time to work as hard as I need to work and when the timer goes off, I stop.This is good because when I push it too far, irritation will set in and I will have to FIGHT off negativity.
Lately, I have been going outside and sitting in the back yard. The chickens will eventually find their way to the area and my little dog walks nearby until she gets bored and comes to find a comfy spot close by.
Another serene thing I do is stop and read the Bible and jot down notes, prayers and verses. I have been adding in reading books and this is productive as well as restful because I have …quite a few… books taking over our home.
To stir up some movement and get me off the couch or keyboard, I get up and clean something (yes, my tasks seem to run together!), bake/cook, or walk outside. The fresh air, sunshine, and nature all around settles me and wakes me up all at once.
What kind of calm control do you gravitate to?
How do you rise up to keep moving and/or slow the pace and settle your senses?