Monday, August 12, 2013

Motivation Monday - Relax, It's O.K.

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With head on pillow...eyes shut...ahhh, time to rest and fall asleep.  Oh wait, "did I?" "hey, what is on the schedule tomorrow?" "we have to do this yet..." you know those terrible thoughts, that - well, maybe only keep me up.

These thoughts only intensify as children grow and responsibilities and commitment to activities increase.  I will admit, that our family tends to "really get involved" in the things we love doing.  We some how usually end up being the family that plans or runs events.  Go wonder why those thoughts race in my head.  I guess, I was always the type of mom that planned activities or club events, because I wanted my girls to have the experience.  

We have had a busy Summer.  Anna working as intern in 4-H office, Justine an intern for PPA and my taking on a larger leadership role in 4-H.  I will mind has been racing.  However, the other night as I lay my head on my mind started to wander.  Wait, the fair is over, we did it, now relax.   Yes, relax Dicky Bird, it's O.K!

Now my mind moves on to my Mom's rummage sale, Ringle Harvest Fest, painting and crafting.  You know, just life.  I was thinking that as my nest becomes empty, these feelings would subside.  However, as roles change in growing children and aging parents, I realize that new "did I do that" thoughts will cross my sleepless mind.  Relax, it's O.K!

I know it is a simple thing and I can't believe it took me this long to figure it out.  Allowing myself to relax.  When you suffer from anxiety, this isn't an easy task.  This past year, I have been working on "me."  Learning to accept things about myself that, well, maybe I don't really like.  My anxiety is one of them.  So, I've been facing it head on.  I'm actually pretty happy with my growth so far.  These past few nights, as I hit the pillow, I've been thinking, you CAN relax, it will be O.K.  

Yes, I CAN let myself relax.  After all, I'm the only one who CAN.  Only I control my thoughts and feelings.  I just need to keep reminding myself of that.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.


Sara S. said...

You are not alone, I have my fair share of nights, and days for that matter, when I can't shut off my brain. Last night I finally got some sleep after 2 nights of tossing and turning and my mind going a million mph. I too lay there and try telling myself to relax or just clear your mind, but sometimes my mind just straight out tells me "NO!"
It sounds like you have another full plate of events coming at you. Take some "ME" time between all of it and just enjoy the day and sunshine!

Liz said...

I know what your mean. My mind usually does the wonder thing when I wake up in the middle of the night. Sometimes great ideas come to me then, but most of the time its just lists of things i need to do. Seems just when I get back to sleep, the hubbys alarm goes off. But with all kinds of things you are involved in, I sure can see why you have a wondering mind!!