A little while back I wrote a post about how I was in need of some relaxation. I bought a new house, sold our old apartment and started a new position at work all in a short space of time.

I decided back then that I needed to do what I needed to do was to relax a bit. So I took a break from all the redecoration that is left on the list and take quite a bit of time to do some things that make me regain some energy.

I still have a lot to do at work, but I am not as stressed as I was back then. Getting rid of the old place and slowing down in our new house has worked wonders for my stress levels. I had a vacation that I was suppose to use for getting a lot done in the house, but I decided not to. We are getting a few little things done, but the list keeps growing as the pace is now glacial. But as we intend to stay here for a long time I am not to worried.

It still feels very good to be able to cross a few things off the list, but I have massively adjusted my expectations.

I got quite a lot of ideas of relaxation from you and a lot of them have been tried out. It is always important to look after yourself and not set the standards so high that they are impossible to live up to. This is something I always need to remind myself of, because it is very easy to forget.

As I am writing this I am lying outside in my garden enjoying the lovely warm sunshine and a cup of coffee, feeling completely relaxed. I have to go in in a while to do some work, but this is a big energy boost for me.

I hope you are all doing well and that you have little breaks of energy building activities in your everyday lives.

30 thoughts on “Stress

  1. That is a lot of change in such a short time, not to mention the stress of the pandemic. We all need to realize that life is a journey, not a race. It took me 2 years to realize this after I retired. I still have projects, but if I want to blog, walk, read or binge watch I take a break. Stay well and stay relaxed. Allan

  2. We all need more time to relax. We drive ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Glad you’re finding some time to just breathe the fresh air and enjoy the sun.

  3. I agree about not setting “the standards so high that they are impossible to live up to.”

    As an incessant list maker, I am constantly disappointing myself with an unattainable amount of projects for one day.

    I am so happy for you to step away, and give yourself credit for what you are accomplishing… It’s well deserved!🌺

    1. Thank you. I have a tendency to do the same myself. Now I just have a list with no dates and I give myself a pat on the shoulder when I cross anything out.

  4. I don’t meditate, but I do like to sit, close my eyes and let some nice music wash over me…I literally feel my heart rate drop as I do it!

  5. This week I gave up a group that was stressing me out and refused an invitation which would have had me driving another couple hours after driving 3 hours to attend a grandson’s graduation. You are right–sometimes you have to slow down and enjoy the present moments.

  6. This is a fantastic post friend, and I too have had to find some time for myself in a huge bucket of things that I have to get done. I really appreciate this post from you. As far as stress goes, I would advise that you try to divide the labour whenever you can. I think we waste a lot of time trying to do everything on our own. Another thing is this, in planning the day, it is best to not exaggerate how quickly we can do things, so that we can have a more realistic day with less disappointments. Another fantastic tip is to pray to God before starting the day, God is able to make all things work for our good, and bless us with the help that we need. So if you suddenly get a call from an old friend, who comes over and begins to help out, you know that God is working. Or if you suddenly get a burst of energy and can suddenly do more, or if things work out somehow, that is God working.

    The Bible says in Philippians 4:6
    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

    God says in Jeremiah 29:11
    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

    If anyone reading is interested in building a relationship with God, I have a post on that here:

    There is much more to know about God. I post frequently on my blog about topics related to God. You are welcome to follow my blog to keep up with my content.

    -All the best. May God bless you. 

  7. I relate to this very much right now. In April I started a side hustle, in May I accepted a new job offer and I eloped. And I have been house-hunting in this crazy market. It’s a lot! I need the same reminders to set realistic expectations for myself and to do less and enjoy more.

    Speaking of stress… Yoga helps me relax! Maybe it will help you, too? I teach free live yoga – you can learn more here.

    Either way, congrats on the new home and new job!

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