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The Benefits of A Mind-cation. Have You Taken One This Week?

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, I’ve been sick.

It happens maybe twice a year that I’m sick for more than a 24 hour period. Usually I can fight through whatever germ is attacking me. After all, stay-at-home Mommy doesn’t have any time banked up to take a day off. (Boo).

Unfortunately, this mega-cold is determined to hang on to the insides of my head regardless of the medicinal and homeopathic tactics I use to thwart it.

Sometimes I think a minor illness like this can be the way God gets us to take a necessary rest.

I don’t know about you, but my life has felt like quite a whirlwind lately. My calendar has been full, any free-time has been quickly gobbled up by people who demand my attention, and my writing time has been nearly non-existent. And I’m pretty sure that my house is going to revolt against me if I don’t clean it soon.

Because both my mind and my body have been going at the speed of light for weeks, perhaps I wasn’t allowing myself any moments to rejuvenate, to refresh, to recharge–and God took over and shut me down.

All of me.

Just ask my hubby. He came home from work yesterday to find me feverish, my glazed eyes fixed on the TV screen, my body huddled under a blanket (although it’s about 90 degrees outside) begging for him to take the kids so that I could go to bed at 6 pm.


But in these past few days where I’ve been down, it’s been kind of nice to rest and focus on…nothing. Although I haven’t been able to completely slow down because my children do have some necessary requirements, it’s been somewhat nice to step away from some of my regular responsibilities and take a mini mind-cation.

Everyone needs a mind-cation, even if it’s just for one day. One night. One thirty-minute period where you simply block out all the demands on your life and focus on…nothing.

The Benefits of a Mind-cation:

1. Staying Healthy. Stepping away from the stress, even for 1 day, is good for your body. Stress can damage your heart and weaken your immune system (I’m a perfect example of a weakened immune system right now).

2. Reprioritizing. In the heat of the moment, every task seems vital. Step away from the chaos. Block it out, even for a short time so that when you come back to it, you can look over the list of demands on your life and focus on the ones that are most important.

3. Eliminating stress. When you are recharged, you can reprioritize (as #2 states) and you might find that some of the things on your to-do list can be eliminated. Or as you complete the tasks at the top of your list, you’ll whittle down the demands placed on you.

4. Moments of Brilliance. Even though I’ve been a mental zombie for a few days, I can’t turn off the story ideas that are dancing in my head. But I was too tired to focus on more than one thing, so I was letting my characters roam freely in my brain without interference from any other thoughts and BANG– they created a fantastic new plot line that hadn’t occurred to me when my mind was focused on 4803692 different things.

5. Family peace. Mommy’s too tired to care if the toys are picked up, the beds are made, or if everyone makes it to the 50 zillion events we have going on. Mommy has slowed down long enough to cuddle with the kiddos instead of folding the 20 loads of laundry that await.

Share with me: Other than sickness, what are the methods you use to recharge when your life feels out of control?


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When Hustle & Bustle Becomes Choas and Craziness

This is me (center, big green hat, red bow) with my Victorian caroling group.

I don’t know about you, but for me, the past few weeks have been anything but the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

There’s just too much going on.

My calendar is slam-packed.

My hubby’s calendar is slam-packed.

In the past 11 days, we’ve had ONE–count it–ONE family dinner together, just the four of us.

That’s ridiculous.

The hustle & bustle of the normal holiday season has turned into chaos and craziness, leaving little time for family, friends, and basic responsibilities. (Yes, that’s me admitting that there are currently three loads of laundry waiting to be folded and a kitchen sink full of dishes.)

Yes, I need to slow down. Yes, I need to learn to say no. Yes, I need to lighten my load.

But it’s impossible for me to lighten the load right now, so I’m feeling mighty burnt out instead of mighty full of the joy of the season.

I recently wrote a post on hearing the voice of God, and He’s made it perfectly clear that even in the chaos of life right now, I need to pay attention to how I’m handling it.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

No matter how much hustle or how much bustle I’m dealing with, I’m to do everything in the name of the Lord. Everything.

So I smile (although my smile might be a little weary) and I remember with great joy that there would be no Christmas season without the birth of our blessed Savior.

I will make hustle and bustle, chaos and craziness a blessing to myself, my family, and those around me in the name of the Lord.

Every moment is an opportunity to act and react to my circumstances in the name of the Lord with thanksgiving in my heart.

Share with me: What’s your favorite Christmas carol? (Fact: Carols are songs that relay the news of the birth of Christ, while songs are simply about the Christmas season.)


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