Anyone who knows me knows I am a true introvert to the core. I long for meaningful and deep friendships, but I also tend to withdraw when my cup is almost empty. This constant cycle has caused me in the past to have trouble finding inner peace. It’s never personal but I am absolutely no good to anyone when I’m completely drained. Quite frankly, I’ve learned I need to disconnect to stay connected to the ones I love.
During the day, I have to be on guard for impromptu tours and for answering the phone to prospective students. My daily cup which starts about half empty is usually pretty drained by noon. I typically spend my ride home catching up with loved ones from back home. Sometimes I spend the whole ride from work to daycare playing catch-up. Then, I jump from the phone to caring for a very anxious toddler who’s excited to see me and wants nothing more to let out his days frustrations and/or joys. After two hours of potty… tantrum… dinner… tantrum… bath time… dance party… and then maybe one more tantrum before bed, hubby is finally home and I have just barely enough energy left to ask about his day. Working outside of the home, being a mommy and a wife is pretty exhausting, but I’ve learned a few things along my journey that have helped me find inner peace.
Quiet Time for Me and Baby
Respect Father Son Time
Find Something You Enjoy
For me, over the years this has been a lot of somethings. Many of my friends have been along for ALL of my hobbies, business ideas and so on and so on. I am not only an introvert, but a creative introvert. I spend a lot of time in my own thoughts which breeds many many ideas. Some of my hobbies or ideas have been short term and some have went on for months, but they have always been something I enjoyed or something that allowed me to escape the stress from life. Lately, I’ve enjoyed learning the art of hand-lettering or modern calligraphy. After a long day, I sometimes settle in to bed with a newly purchased pen and paper. I usually letter inspirational quotes or scriptures that help me leave the stress of the day behind. It’s one of many things I can do mindlessly. I love to get lost somewhere in between the ink and paper. It’s one of many things that don’t require much thought or energy. So if you are like me, don’t be ashamed to have many things you enjoy or new ideas you’d like to explore. The key thing is that YOU enjoy that ONE thing or MANY things that bring you inner peace.
I’m no expert on relieving stress, but I have learned the importance of taking care of myself so I can take care of my family. Finding inner peace was absolutely vital because as the mom and/or wife, your family depends on you and needs you. I’m still exploring and learning new things along my journey. What are some things you like to do to find inner peace in your world?