The McAffrys just survived one of the busiest weeks of our lives. It was stressful, long and exhausting. But we made it out alive.
I have a feeling we’re not the only ones who feel this way. Our collective lives are busier than they’ve ever been, and while sometimes the answer is saying no to more activities, other times we have to find a way to work through it the best we can.
Admittedly, I’m not an expert at finding the ever-elusive balance that we’re all seeking. I have, however, done it wrong enough times to have learned a few survival tips.
1. PREPARE YOURSELF
We typically have plenty of notice for these busy seasons in life. The week before your crazy season arrives, take time to prepare yourself. Indulge in some alone time, schedule a massage, or carve out time for a nap – whatever brings relaxation and rest for your mind, body, and soul.
2. PREPARE YOUR FAMILY
Get some quality time with your favorite people on your calendar. It doesn’t have to break the bank or take hours of your time. It might be sitting down to the dinner table or reading an extra book at bedtime, but show up and pay attention. Put the phone away and be all there.
3. PREPARE YOUR HOME
A messy house just adds to the unnecessary chaos in our busiest seasons. A little extra cleaning and organizing in the days leading up to your busy season goes a long way in maintaining a peaceful home.
4. LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Don’t expect a perfectly neat house or perfectly behaved children. Give yourself and everyone around you a little extra grace when life is at it’s peak of stressfulness. Everything will get back to normal soon enough!
5. REFILL YOUR TANK
When life gets back to normal, make time to refill your tank. Running on empty isn’t good for anybody, so schedule some time on your calendar for those things that will fill you back up. For me, it’s time with friends and family, working on projects around my house and maybe even a spa treatment. Once I do some of these things, I have the energy I need to pour back into my family again.
How are you getting through life’s busy seasons?