Planning for more Down Time

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Okay, I need a BREAK!

I have over-strained myself physically and mentally again :-(

I was unwell yesterday and I rested. I do feel better today but realized that I REALLY REALLY need to SLOW DOWN :0

Thanks all for stopping by, for praying and all your encouragements :-)

Sorry that I need to take a break now. I will not be posting as often as I did previously. But I will still try and visit your blogs whenever I can. I am going to plan for more DOWN TIME :-) Not sure how to do that, but I will try ;-)

For several weeks I have been working from home on some freelance work. I am thankful to God for providing these works for me so that I can provide for my mum and myself. Freelance really works well for me because it allows me to work from home. But the problem with me is I am some kind of a perfectionist and workaholic. I tend to take on more projects than I can manage and I tend to overstrain myself physically and mentally. And even when I don't have too many freelance projects, I am still occupied daily with so many things. I spent quite a lot of time blogging. I love to write as you probably notice :P. I will visit my blogging friends almost every day. I am making bookmarks, writing to friends, corresponding with penpals who has found me through my blog, etc etc.

These recent weeks I am beginning to feel the physical and mental strain. Thank God for sustaining me day by day. But I realized that I am getting more stressed up easily, more tired easily and sometimes I get panic attacks or anxieties attack. My mind seems to be working overtime. I can't stop thinking. So many things go through my mind daily. Do you have such experiences?

Being so unwell yesterday is a warning sign from God! God made our bodies in such a way that when we are over-straining physically or mentally, our bodies sent forth signs. We are forced to slow down and rest.

I am becoming more aware nowadays of my mood swings and I do notice that I have been experiencing a mixture of manic and a little depression. In the past, I went through these without awareness and after some weeks or months, I will plunged into severe depression that will last for months and I will not be able to function much. Now I am learning to be more aware.

Recently, a brother-in-Christ asked me how I am coping. I told him I am trying to slow down. He said, Good, try harder! Okay, so I am going to try harder ;-)

Maybe I will take breaks in between my freelance work and go out for briskwalkings. I need more of the sun and fresh air. Maybe I will bring my mum out sometimes or visit church friends or have tea with some friends. Maybe even go to the library. And I hope to have opportunities to take some photos of nature, of trees, plants, beach, etc. I missed the beach :-)

I am going to spend more time to read the Bible, to pray and read some books. Maybe I will also try to memorise some Bible verses. And possibly catch up with my cross-stitch.

Opps! I thought I am planning more Down Time! Am I overloading myself again ;-)

Okay. That's all for now.

I wish you a wonderful and blessed week. And I am going to leave you with this sweet portion which my brother-in-Christ, George, just emailed me:

THE FOUR BLESSED LOOKS

Look back and "Thank" God.
Look forward and "Trust" God.
Look around and "Serve" God.
Look within and "Find" God!"

I asked God, 'How do I get the best out of life?' God said, 'Face your past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear!'"

"Without God, our week is:
Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday, Shatterday and Sinday. So, allow Him to be with you every day!"

"Life is short, so forgive quickly. Believe slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. Never regret anything that makes you happy. And have a wonderful journey!!

God Bless.

Have a blessed week! And take care. See you soon, God willing :-)


10 Kind thoughts:

BPD in OKC said...

It's sad to think I won't be reading as many posts from you. :(

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

You just need to take care of yourself. i will be here if you need me! Love and huggles!

Mariposa said...

Hi there! I miss you and thanks a lot for all the good thoughts and wishes! Yes, we really need to slow down at some point...I hear you on this so well. ;)

preciousrock said...

I just found your blog a few days ago through a comment on another blog. I wish you well and pray for you rest and healing--that means don't give up too much to take on too much :-) I understand the perfectionist and workaholic tendencies all too well. I wear myself out at work and have nothing left to give for family and friends.

Take care friend and God bless you and keep you! Psalm 46:1-2

Jenalexa said...

You have had a great ministry with your blogging community so i know you will be missed by many.

And taking care of yourself is the MOST important thing and i'm so glad you have realized that!!!

But Nancie, you know, just remember that everything is okay in moderation. If you think you can handle it, and it might be therapeutic for you, then try to write a little blog once in a while. It is okay to blog and just blog "a little bit" a small blurb, a small paragraph just to let us know how you're doing. You don't always have to send us lessons and big long blogs. We care about you and just want to know that you're ok. So if you can find the time, please keep in touch, at least a little bit, ok?
Praying for you :)

Marissa said...

With prayers for you, I hope that you DO learn to cut back on many tasks and just RELAX. This is what my husband tells me all the time as well. :) You are on my RSS feed so I'll look out for any posts whenever they come up.

In Christ,
Marissa

Paula Joy said...

You know what is best for you. Although I will miss your frequent and uplifting posts, I know that taking care of yourself is the most important thing. :)
Praying for you.

Nancie said...

Thank you all, for stopping by. Thanks for your prayers, concerns and encouragements.

May God bless and keep you near to Him! Have a blessed day.

Jim said...

I have been slowing down too. Sometime you have to. I am not online as much either. Must be the spring weather. :)

Nancie said...

Glad you are slowing down too, Jim. It is indeed needful for our body, mind and soul. I am still learning. Not easy but I am trying harder ;-)

Take care. Have a blessed day!

 

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