Sometimes you just gotta give yourself a break. Whether it’s with something in specific or just life in general. Keeping your head healthy is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself.
I realized that I haven’t blogged since the first week of September…and honestly, that’s okay. I’m not perfect with my blog and while I should always try my best, if something like my blogs slips, I’m not going to beat myself up about it.
It’s not worth it. I have a life and sometimes I get caught up with it. Between work, family, my life love, my social life, and make sure I’m attending to my spiritual needs, it’s a balance and it’s not always going to be perfect. Sometimes I get busy and I’m not home a lot because my social life is super active. Sometimes my prayer life slacks a lot and I don’t get around to reading my Bible every single day like I would like to.
Even my physical health gets left behind. It’s amazing how easily I can fall off track when it when it comes to eating healthy and going to the gym. I have times when I go to the gym a lot and other times when I only make it to the gym once.
When you are slacking, take a minute to pause, re-evaluate, and then try again.
I’m not Wonder Woman and I’m not going to try to be. I’m just going to do the best I can at being myself; do my best at being a follower of Jesus, family member, girlfriend, friend, and employee.
I recently took a few days off from social media and it while it was short-lived, it was one of the best things I did for myself. In fact, I may try to do it more often. In that time, I realized how much I reach for my phone out of habit or when I am bored. With this, I realized that if I have time to mindlessly scroll through social media, I have time to do things that I wish I had the time to do but for some reason claim I never have the time for.
My solution to this was to download two apps that would help me learn more Church history, teachings, and trivia and help me learn Italian. I have been wanting to learn Italian for some time now, so downloading an app to help me do just that allowed me to play on my phone without spending unnecessary hours on social media. In fact, I decided to take it a step further and purchased an Italian grammar workbook. When I am home with nothing to do, I can turn to an Italian lesson at times rather than scrolling through my phone.
Kicking the habit of being on social media too much may give me time to read more. I have so many books that I want to get through (so that I can buy more), but I always find myself spending my time on stuff that doesn’t actually need my attention.
It’s also important to keep in mind that having your eyes on a screen all day isn’t exactly healthy.
Another good idea is to take a break with watching TV or maybe even a blog break. Pick something in your life that isn’t totally needed…something that you will be okay skipping out on for a few days. Then, replace it with something else that you have been trying to accomplish. For example, maybe replace watching TV with prayer. I’m trying to get back into the habit of spending maybe 10-15 minutes with my Bible at night rather than watching YouTube videos or movies On Demand. I’ve also been wanting to go through my Facebook photos and clean them out and print out photos from my phone, laptop, and social media accounts.
Physical photo albums should still be a thing.
All in all, I needed that reminder that sometimes, you just need to switch things up a bit to get things done and to center yourself again. It can feel impossible to make yourself get it all done at once, and personally, I think it is silly to try to.
Unplug, unwind, pray, and schedule out your time.
That’s what I have learned recently.
What about you?