How Slowing Down Is Bringing Me More Joy

January kicked off full speed ahead.

Coming back to work from being out on medical leave I’ve been playing catch up at the office like a mad woman – so many emails!!! But I’ve been taking it one day at a time. What I don’t get done in one day will get done in another – my mantra the past few weeks. I’ve spent the past few years making great progress but so busy that all I can remember is busyness. I was missing out on actually enjoying the progress and savoring the growth.

This year I’ve been forcing myself to slow down.

I haven’t created any crazy long to-do lists yet. Actually I’ve been forcing myself to only focus on the tasks for the day. As a result, I can breathe a bit easier. I find that because I’m spending less time super, crazy planning and I’m making more steps forward. Maybe not leaps but little steps each day. I’ve also been painting more again which feels amazing. And with painting more, I submitted to my first art show for the year and started updating and posting my paintings on etsy.com. Things are flowing easier for me.

Slowing down has also given me a chance to see more of what activities and therapies bring true joy to my heart. Through this I find more time for healing, growing and thriving. Each day I’ve been expanding a little more. I’ve been finding that right balance, that space, the harmony that I need in my life. I’ve also moved some of my focus to forgiving myself and loving myself more this year. Though it’s still early and it’s been mini moves, it’s already paying off.

What hobbies or activities are therapeutic for you? How often do you work them into your schedule?

Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

  1. Painting
  2. Sketching/Water coloring in my sketchbook
  3. Curling up and watching movies
  4. Cooking
  5. Hiking/taking a walk
  6. Reading
  7. Snuggling with my pup
  8. Spending time with family

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