This week's podcast focuses on Dedication and Determination, if you haven't listened yet, be sure to check it out. As promised, I want to share what I didn't do and what I did do last weekend to help myself move out of the funk.
This is what I didn't do:
1) School work
2) Stuff for other people
As I wrote this I thought, "Gosh, this sounds selfish!" On one hand, you could consider it this way yet knowing the depths of my funk, this wasn't selfishness at all. It was a much needed weekend of self reflection, healing, and discovery. Instead of worrying and stressing on work to do-list and taking care of others, I dedicated this time to a little self love and self compassion. I'm thankful I listened to the message the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear because I started the week in a way better place than I ended last week. Now let me share what I did do.
As I look back on the weekend and all I accomplished, I'm grateful for the Holy Spirit and even more grateful I listened. There was a time in my life I would have pushed through, let the funk get uglier, and wallowed in the darkness. I'm thankful to not be this person any longer, if I can do it, so can you! We are designed to overcome, why do wait?
Here is how the weekend progressed, in the best order my mind can recall:
1) went to the gym for a great hour of cardio
2) went to the store for groceries and misc. items because I got my first full pay
3) bought myself these beautiful pink roses for $7.98 to cheer myself up
4) visited my dad for a bit
5) posted to Social Media: a friendly "don't bother me until Monday morning" message
6) caught up a week's (yup, a week) worth of laundry
7) did the dishes
8) organized the piles built up on the dryer
9) tackled some of the piles on the kitchen table
10) read my Bible
1) finished laundry
2) went to my writing cottage for a FEW HOUR (awesome!)
3) Submitted Final edits for my devotional releasing January 2021
4) organized and eliminated more piles
5) updated to do-lists for week
6) cooking class at 5 p.m.
7) read for pleasure
8) stared at the television, not really watching anything
9) watched an old move, "Contact", that was new to me
10) went to bed early and got 9 hours of sleep
1) woke up early, feeling refreshed!
2) went to the YMCA for the last outdoor workout class of the year, felt great!
3) planned a mani and pedi after my workout but my salon wasn't open (or at least not answering their phone) so tried a new one - once my mani finally was over, I skipped the pedi and pray my regular salon is not busy next month
4) a little shopping for essentials
5) made banana cake with expresso chips
6) pre-recorded 3 podcasts for the week
7) drafted and scheduled 2 blogs for this week
8) attended an Epicure Zoom business call
9) sorted the spice cupboard (and I think it's been since our marriage, lol)
10) recycled more than a 30 gallon bag of "stuff"
11) paid bills
12) visited my aunt
13) chatted with my daughter
14) went to bed late and feeling productive
You might look at my list of accomplishments from the weekend and may not agree about this being relaxing or helpful to figure out why I was in a funk BUT the things I as doing allowed me time to think, reflect, pray, and clear the clutter. I purged clutter which freed space in the house and it feels more open in the house, even if I'm the only one who notices.
Some of these items are the very things that have increased my anxiousness. In addition to the busyness, I spent a lot of time praying, reflecting, thinking, and planning out what needs to be done and how to accomplish them all while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. To have goals in place create the organized direction necessary to move forward with less stress. Goals eliminate the funk and replace it with purpose and clarity. I'm grateful for the 48 hours to get it together, if you will, and the family to support me throughout.
How do you clear the mental clutter?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323