Back in July, I posted this: Stress Management and Relaxation Challenge
I haven't exactly accomplished much with that challenge because, truthfully, I've been letting stress get the best of me. While the muscle spasms have gone away (well, mostly), stress is still controlling my life.
So this morning.... instead of sleeping in like I have been - when my 4-year-old woke me up to let me know the bed was wet (yes, the bed he was sleeping in with ME).... I dutifully got up, found him a new nighttime pull up in the dark, changed the sheets, crawled back in with him and laid there...... checked my alarm on my phone and saw there was only 20 minutes to go before it was set to go off (an alarm I've grown accustomed to hitting the snooze on quite a bit lately), and decided to get up. I've been telling myself I really NEED to get back my habit of getting up extra early to give myself that quiet time I've used and even written about on here.
Now, I sit here with my book open. The one I wrote about above titled "The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook". It's open to the section right before the first chapter - "How to Get the Most Out of This Workbook". I've noted they forgot to mention in this section that having this book just sitting in a box or in a pile on your desk does not actually help. That perhaps to get the most out of it, one should actually OPEN and READ the book. No wonder I haven't felt relaxed! HAHA...
Honestly, this was about as far as I got with the book. I read this section. This morning I'm glancing over the things I marked: Make an agreement with yourself to set aside time each day dedicated to relaxation (and I underlined the part where I should read chapter 16 on time management if that's a problem for me). Begin the day with a relaxation exercise (for me that's my bible reading or devotion time spent on other reading that's Orthodox in nature and, no..... honestly , I haven't done much of it - Not even this morning! So I intend to do that as soon as I'm done here....oh...and after I let the dog out too....). Use a relaxation exercise to go to sleep quickly and sleep soundly (getting to sleep lately...NOT a problem. Staying asleep - well that's a problem...oh, and no - I don't mean just because of wet beds - that actually has not happened for a while...).
So now to reread the section, let the dog out because her whining is annoying me and yes, she probably does need to go out...., do my bible reading and then, later in the day I am DETERMINED to read chapter one as my personal assignment for the day - boxes or no boxes (Yes, there's still a tone and so much organizing still to do!). So the Challenge is BACK ON! Anyone care to join me?