Mindfulness, like any new skill, takes time to learn, but a lifetime to perfect. With any long-term endeavor, starting with
Why is burnout impacting women so often and so early? Here are three theories I have developed based on my work in this area.
Three years ago today, my love and I had just finished our last day in our corporate careers. We were about to host our very first live wellness event. Neither of us had a single paying client, or really any clue as to what we were getting ourselves into.
Pastors cannot agree to meet the needs and whims of their congregation. We're not allowed to comply to their wishes, if their wishes require a superstar pastor who keeps the church upwardly mobile. This life, however, is not healthy for the pastor.
Being busy has nothing to do with being productive. It actually shields our dodging of important yet very uncomfortable actions. It restricts professional performance and limits mental capacity by compromising decision-making processes and letting our impulses loose. Although being busy can make us feel more alive, the state itself is not sustainable in the long term.
That long to-do list isn't such a bad thing after all.
Have you fallen into the "who's busier?" trap? How do you stay sane when life becomes overwhelming and busy? Mother's Day is the perfect time for me to be more conscientious and stop overcommitting, over-stretching, and comparing my busy-ness to other moms.
I've never been good at setting boundaries. I'm a giver and end up doing things I hate or spending time with people who I don't enjoy being around simply because I feel obligated to do so. This time management exercise is helping me set boundaries as well as come to appreciate the things and people that matter most to me.
There are times to be busy and crazy and work your ass off and times to sit a while. There are periods of life when being idle is not a crime, but a necessity. There is something to be said for doing nothing, but no one wants to admit it anymore.