BE GENTLE ON YOURSELF AND CHOOSE SMALL 

By Julie Quinn Goshen Center School

We are bombarded with messages about more stuff, bigger stuff and faster stuff.  Big houses, faster cars, big schedules, big goals, more clothes, more gadgets, faster technology, more pictures, better pictures, more activities, more toys, more channels, faster service, more apps,  more stores, bigger stores, more food, more sales, more junk mail, more texts, more deals, more emails, more posts, more likes, more lists. The long list goes on. No wonder we feel like there’s never any time. No wonder we feel stress. Our brains are exhausted from all this decision making and feeling we have to keep up.

Maybe we can take a huge load off our shoulders when we decide to choose small instead. Try accumulating a smaller amount of toys for your kids and donate the rest. Delete some apps so you’re not glued to your phone all day. Don’t open the email from stores advertising more sales. Take a break from social media. Read a book. Don’t order the extra app or drink when you’re out to eat.  Downsize. Clear up your schedule. Say ‘no’ once in a while. Stop eating when you’re full. Get rid of clothes. Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Simplify. If you want to be entertained, take a walk in nature. Then your mind will feel bigger and faster and have more room for what’s important. Think about how it feels when you clear off a cluttered space. Imagine that as your mind with less decisions to make, places to be, people to text, things to buy.

When we try to do it all and have it all, our bodies and minds turn into a state of stress. We weren’t born to be in a constant state of stress. Be gentle on yourself. Choose small. You’ll get big results!

 

For Kids

When children don’t have time to read for 15-30 minutes because their schedule is too full, it might be a good time to choose small for them. When children are stressed and anxious on a daily basis, choosing small and less might be what they need. A child’s mind is growing. It needs space for lots of downtime, lots of daydreaming, and learning how to handle boredom. Don’t give them more when they’re bored. They probably already have too much. When a child is constantly shuttled around from one activity to another, their brains are too wired. When a child is managed and given too much help with every frustration they face, they aren’t learning independence, confidence, or how to handle challenges. When a child is given too much, they’ll never know the benefits of keeping things small. They’ll be so used to having lots of stuff, rushing off to lots of activities and getting lots of help. It won’t help them in the long run. Be gentle on your kids. Choose small.

Posted by cescobar On 20 February, 2019 at 11:31 AM  

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