After a big project is over, it is not unusual to need a reset. All the effort that had been directed elsewhere, suddenly comes to a crashing halt. I am a track and field coach for two different track teams in the area. I love what I do, but it is incredibly time consuming and requires a lot of attention to detail at times. This past weekend was the end of another big season. It culminated in 3 full days at two different track and field events. Needless to say, the house was a wreck. Laundry needed to be done, my desk was stacked with papers and everywhere I looked, something needed my attention.
I know this is the typical mom scenario that we parents fall into.
Being so overwhelmed does not get me to where I need to go. I needed a reset. Rather than starting my day, plowing forward in house and office work, I took an hour for myself.
I turned my cellphone off and went to Messiah College for a walk along the Yellow Breeches stream.
There were a few other moms there with their young kids. There were tennis players and a few others taking time out of their day. The sun was bright and there was a cool breeze. I took time to walk the covered and suspended bridges over the Yellow Breeches. I took in the groomed campus and the trees, what a great day!
In the process of taking this one- hour break, I caught some needed outdoor time and time to relax in my own thoughts. Plan my day, plan my week, touch on personal areas that needed to be explored. I love this quiet time.
I came back, happily, refreshed and able to start my household chores and not be overwhelmed by the task ahead.
When you finish a project, what do you do to reset? Personally, I think that we need to reward ourselves with a little personal time.
Be wise and be well!