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How to Slow Down in a Hectic World

By Jennifer Snyder
In today's society we are expected to work 80 hours each week, make cookies from scratch after a nutritious gourmet meal every night, attend all of the practices and events for our children (Little League, dance, karate), and keep an immaculate home; all while being mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy.  I say phooey!  We can't be everything, all we can be is who we are.

Instead of being hurried, irritable and often angry; we can choose to implement some strategies to help get there.  After all, I know you are saying "yeah, right!"

Kick Denial To The Curb

When "everyone else is doing it" we tend to trick ourselves into believing that what we are doing is normal – even when it doesn't feel good.  If you have a toothache do you pretend that you don't have one because no one else is talking about it?  Of course not!  Recognize the craziness.  Look at your life.  What do you see?  Own it.

Send Perfectionism Packing

Perfectionism is a funny little animal that changes his appearance to suit his victim.  He will steal joy from every aspect of our lives because no one is ever, nor will they ever be perfect.  Lower your standards in some areas.  I'm not talking about boyfriends for your daughters, I mean lowering your standards of smaller things like drive through a car wash when you don't have time to wash it by hand, spend a few dollars for the dry cleaners or hang dry instead of ironing, etc.  Identify where you tend to expect perfection and try it another way.

Let Me Introduce You To "No, Thank You"

I admit, it's flattering when your peers want to serve on the board for this and serve as chair for that, and be room mom, and dance chaperone, and the list goes on and on.  If you are crazy busy NOW, then please do not say yes to anything else!  If it is a spot on a board you have been waiting and praying about, say yes but give up something else.  Finish out your terms and take a break.  It is ok to do this.  It is also ok to help with school fairs and classroom parties without being the Head Mother In Charge.

These are a few (sort of) simple ways to reduce the stress in your life and slow down.  The most important thing you can do is to identify your priorities.  If your children are your priority, my guess is they would much rather have a "date" with you than you serving as Room Mother.

Have a Slow and Neat day!

Jennifer Snyder, Certified Professional Organizer
Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts
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