You’re up at the alarm packing lunches, getting little feet into boots and gloves, and tracking down back packs and homework. There’s breakfasts and bus catching, or drop offs, and then your own morning readiness. You’re out the door, or onto the computer. You’re calling clients, drumming up business, or heading into projects.
You’re sleep deprived and changing diapers with no adult conversation. You’re getting on a plane to make a meeting, catching a cab to make a sale, running for the train to get there on time. You’re caring for Mom and Dad, and teenagers, and being Mom taxi and a supportive partner.
Is it any wonder that most of my clients report levels of exhaustion that are off the charts?
These days, we are running at a faster pace than ever. Our electronic conveniences make it easier for us to be in business, and to be available to others, and harder for us to be “off” at the end of the day. It seems we are always at the end of some kind of electronic tether.
Of course, we’ve heard many times that things like long hot baths, a glass of wine, and some time behind a door with a “Do Not Disturb” hanging on it can be rejuvenating, and I won’t argue that those things are lovely, and definitely have value.
However, I believe that much more is required.
Without a doubt, we adore our families and our children, and many of us are working careers that we enjoy. But there is a joy factor that many of us are missing in our lives, and that is what needs to be replaced in order to defeat stress.
The opposite of stress is not rest.
The opposite of stress is joy.
The cure for stress is joy.
The way to keep stress from consuming us, is joy.
So, how do we create joy in the midst of all of this going, and doing?