When Life Gives You Too Many Things To Do at Once

When I was little and would have a hard time falling asleep my mom would tell me, "worrying is a waste of time." These are words I constantly remind myself of when I get overly stressed.

Sometimes finding a second to catch a breath feels impossible. It seems like there is always something that needs to get done. If that is not the case, maybe you start looking for things that should get done but are not exactly necessary at the time. I know I do. 

The last week or so has been so crazy busy and after the long week came to a halt, I finally had the chance to catch a break, and ... I did not actually be still or take a break at all.


What was I thinking? I finally had a second to breathe and instead I drowned in my own worries.

I could not let my thoughts stand still. Constantly, I was thinking about the laundry that needed to get done or the groceries that needed to be purchased. 

Guess what all that thinking about what to add to my to-do list did? It sure did not get me to relax.

In fact, it made me miss the break. The break came and then it went.

And now, here I am still waiting to catch a break because I let it fly right by me. 

Now maybe there really is not enough time in the day to get everything done. That is very possible. 

Yet, think for just a second about the amount of time you spend worrying about where you need to be or what you need to do next. 

I know that I spend a tremendous amount of time dwelling on those things.  

Now worrying is sometimes beyond our control. It is not easy to turn off the worry button in our brains, but maybe today you just needed to hear what my Mom always told me...

"Worrying is a waste of time."

When things are busy, let them be busy, but when things are still, let them be still.

When you do finally catch a break, take it. Love it. Use this time to breathe, read, write, laugh,or smile. Heck catch up on your favorite TV show for a little while. 

Perhaps your to-do list needs to include a little "me time". Take that if you need it.

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