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Simplify-5 ways to reduce stress

Mama’s! Who out there can testify that YOU’RE TIRED???? Raise your hands!

So, the Christmas “craziness” is over. For now. When does it begin for you? When does it usually end?

What is this “craziness” I speak about? It’s not the family time or the traditions…thats all great! No, it’s the hustle and bustle. The rush to “get things done in time”. The “my house has to be perfect!”

Im about to get real right about now…

This year, there has been one word that has been coming up in my mind, and in other ways…quite frequently. It’s the word SIMPLIFY.

Definition of simplify

simplified; simplifying

transitive verb
: to make simple or simpler: such as
a : to reduce to basic essentials

b : to diminish in scope or complexity : streamline 

  • was urged to simplify management procedures
c : to make more intelligible : clarify
If you look at that definition, it can be daunting. Especially, if you are like me, and tend to be a list person, or a routine and procedures kind of person.
“Simplify” for me means so much more than “streamlining” or “to make simple”.
If it were that easy…wouldn’t we all do that?
Sometimes, it just means to be ok with the mundane. To say “no” to things. To sleep in, or take a bath. To be “ok” with missing a whole week of exercise.
Yes, it is OK to rest!
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It’s OK to sit down and have a cup of coffee, or a holiday drink!

Christmas craziness…

On Christmas Day, I started to get a little stressed. Not because there was anything really worth stressing about…but because I didn’t have the ham in yet, and the floor needed to be swept, and there were toys all over the ground (clutter stresses me out). All that, before family was coming!
So, I caught myself. I caught myself stressing. So, the Small Little Voice inside, told me to “just sit”. So, I sat and took a breather. I was able to calm my mind and pray. And, as I sat there…I looked over at the nice fire and the Christmas tree, and I saw beauty. I saw my little home, all cozy and warm, and began to realize how thankful I was. How blessed I was.
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It’s not about how clean or put together your house is. Its about this ^. Faith and family!
When we sit down and start to count our blessings…that’s when we realize just how little those “stressful” things matter.
So, This is an encouragement to all those mamas out there who need to just REST. to just SIT. It’s OK! Do it! Allow yourself the simplicity of just sitting still. Just basking in your blessings, and knowing that God has this!

SIMPLIFY-Your practical guide

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I hope that this post will be encouraging to you! You’re not alone! We all get too busy, too stressed and too distracted. Just rest! ITS OK!

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