Just Say No: Are You OverCommitted?

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OverCommitment

The symptoms: tiredness, irritability, circles under your eyes, a stank attitude, feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Diagnosis: Over-commitment Disorder (Not sure if this is real or not. Just made it up. Not even on WebMD)

Omgh guys, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed and tired these past few weeks. I’ve had some incredible life changes (I might share on a future blog) occur…

And each one of them I prayed for. So…God gave me what I asked for and I’m not sure how to balance it all.

Don’t get me wrong, my life these days are super busy but in a good way…and I feel like life is going to stay busy for the next 2-3 years.

But I’m going to have to learn how to slow this train down…at least a little bit to preserve my sanity and so I can make it to the end of this new chapter in my life.

I’m learning that I’m going to start having to say no without guilt or regret…Or my to-do list will turn into activities that other people want to schedule for my life.

In response to the question: what are you doing [insert time and day of the week]? I’m learning that sometimes it’s okay to answer with I have plans, even if those “plans” consist of taking a nap or spending the afternoon reading and painting my nails.

I realize those “plans” are what I need to stay healthy and starve off the symptoms of Over-commitment.  It is not a coincidence that countless times in the Bible rest is mentioned:

  • God rested on the 7th day (Genesis 2:2)
  • Rest is listed within the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11)

And (among many others…but this blog post can only be so long 😉 )

  • Jesus himself told his disciples to chill (Mark 6:30)

Jesus recognized that his disciples were getting burnt out doing the Lord’s work. In Mark 6:30 Jesus told them “come away by yourselves and we will go to a lonely place to get some rest.” The disciples listened to Jesus and took a moment from their jam-packed schedules to just relax.

I’m learning it’s okay to go to the sidelines and take a breather from activities, people, and the pace of life. I mean, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, but we are also 100% human with limitations.

It’s not an easy lesson to grasp but it’s an area of my life I’m working to improve.

Do you get enough rest?

Until next time,

Chelsea

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