but, the grocery list is getting longer, the laundry is overflowing the basket, this is the third night the kids have had mcdonalds chicken nuggets and...
surround yourself with an environment that will help. set aside time in between grocery trips (in case the first time you forget at least three things you need), and your dark and light loads of laundry.
nature is somewhere that calms me. being surrounded by fresh, beautiful, natural things allows me to breath and slow down. it helps me spiritually to be closer to GOD, gain clarity of the prioritization in my short life, and observe his wonderful designs. where is somewhere that helps you to be still?
if you still can't seem to focus, and have too long of a to do list replaying in your head, practice being mindful. be in the moment with an open mind, observing, without judgment. take a deep breath in, while pushing your belly out, and slowly breath out. look around and embrace, look for beauty in unexpected ways, really see. observe mother nature's touch on the seasons, what is new that wasn't there three months ago? explore your other senses- what smells surround you? (hopefully not your dinner burning in the oven) what do you hear? is the wind rustling the leaves and branches? when you eat, really taste. pick out the different flavors coming together in your dish. look at movement in a new way.
one of my favorite things to do while babysitting is to play the “senses game”. this is much like practicing mindfulness. being aware of the sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and things you can touch, that surround you.
when you continuously practice this, i promise you will start to see things in a new way. in a way this is much like the kiddos i babysit, in amazement of their surrounding- seeing and exploring things with an open mind, without judgment, and embracing.