Pause (verb): interrupt action or speech briefly
So today is going to be a quick post. I honestly was going to skip this post today, but I was recently told doing something within 5 seconds will help stop procrastination. Decreasing procrastination is one of my top goals for this year and this decade, so boom *insert a sound effect in your mind lol*, I’m here. Now, I am allllll the way under the weather today, hence the dramatic grammar tonight. Honestly, I’m just ready to turn on a fan, get under covers, complain, and watch YouTube until I fall asleep. However, I had things that had to be done today, and honestly, I did not get it all done. I had to, you may guess from the title, PAUSE!
Yes, it is good to complete all of your planned tasks, but sometimes you cannot. I recently posted in a challenge this week that I want to identify as an innovative balancer, someone who can balance all of their tasks in creative ways to get things accomplished. However, an innovative balancer can also realize that every scale has its limits. Today, illness has filled my scale. Now, I will not be sick forever, and I know that when I am feeling better, I will be back at it. I have learned over the years that pushing myself too much mentally can lead to poor physical health and vice versa. I also have realized that I often do too much and do not notice until it’s too late. So it is crucial for me to do daily checks into the status of my wellness. Now, since I am obviously sick, I am still working on this, but here are a few tips that I am trying.
- Scan your body daily. When you wake up, think about how you are feeling from head to toe. Do you feel unsettled in some areas? Do you have any aches? These are things to note and see if you have a reason for the discomfort. This helps you not push yourself too much. Sometimes we get up and start running in the morning, and then midday, we feel exhausted, not realizing we actually woke up with symptoms of burn out. If you notice anything, make sure you do not need any treatment, pray about these areas, and give yourself some extra tender love and care.
- Meditate. Meditation is an opportunity to try and clear your mind of any running or distracting thoughts. Find your quiet space, whether it’s a spare room, your bathroom, or a closet. Put your phone on do not disturb and try to focus on your breathing. There are various meditation apps and YouTube videos that you can use to guide your meditations. Some of my favorites are on the Headspace app, and the Bible app has some meditation Bible plans. Meditation takes practice, so if you get off task, realize you are not focusing on your breathing and start back.
- Put that phone on do not disturb. Social media can be a distraction for several reasons. If it is close to bedtime, the light from the phone can disrupt your circadian rhythms (leading to disruptive sleep), and thoughts of comparison can affect your mood in no time. Schedule a time in the day that you consider the no phone zone. My husband and I have no phone zone dinners, and it helps us have conversations with each other and spend quality time.
Well, I have already written more than I intended. The 5-second trick works too well. I hope these tips can be useful, and remember to take some time to pause today for your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
God, thank you for being in our presence. The world around us and our lives can be so busy at times. Lord, we are overwhelmed before we know it. It is our prayer that we become more mindful of what our bodies, minds, and spirits need to remain in overall wellness. Lord, I pray that as I come to you in prayer daily that you help remind me that I need to pause. Thank you in advance for your blessings.