Less Busyness = Less Stress

In December, my family and I were struggling with balancing busyness and simplicity. I had started a new job in the fall and we had challenges adjusting to the chaos in our schedules. After a lot of discussion, my husband and I decided to make a change.

We decided it would be best if I quit my full-time job and find part-time work. Our family lost its glue with me working too many hours and I still want to enjoy my daughter while she’s young. Because as a lot of parents say, “they grow up so fast,” and indeed they do.

I lost things that were important to me by dedicating time to a full-time career. I wasn’t getting quality time with my family, I wasn’t exercising as much, I wasn’t cooking as many healthy meals, and I was getting cranky.

So, I spoke with my boss and gave my notice that I was quitting. Later that day, I was shocked when I was given an offer to work a temporary part-time position until I can train the next person. Not only was I given part-time work, but I was able to create the hours I wanted.

I went home and discussed it with my husband and accepted the offer after thinking about it over a weekend. It was a win-win for everyone. It also gives me time to keep looking for work if another opportunity doesn’t come up where I’m currently at.

I love the part-time schedule and so does everyone else in my family. We reduced my daughter’s school hours in half too. This helps save a little money and since she’s 2-years-old, we still have the benefit of using a half day schedule.

In a matter of a week, we noticed how we were less stressed by taking away some of the busyness. My daughter has also shown that she’s more relaxed and happy. She’s still learning a lot and enjoying school, but is now getting more time with family and having fun being a kid.

It’s a relief being back to a simpler way of living by eliminating the feeling of being overtaxed. And I love having quality time with my family again.

We were so stressed by the amount of chaos we had going on. Work was busy, family life was busy, and it left little time to slow down. I literally had stress knots in my back and neck, I wasn’t sleeping at night, and I dreaded repeating the same busy routine over again.

I was miserable and so was my husband and daughter. I also felt like a hypocrite trying to promote simplicity when in fact my life was not that. But, I continue to remind myself that simplicity is a continued work in progress.

It’s also good to tell the reality of the journey and that’s one of the purposes of this blog. It’s to let you know that it’s not always organized, clutter free, and free of busyness. And that’s OK.

We’re all doing the best to make life as simple as we can so we can hold onto what’s important. Perhaps it’s sanity or only keeping your favorite things (which is going to help with your sanity).

When times get challenging, one of the best things to do is to turn to the simple living community. I love staying connected with like-minded people on a similar path because it provides focus and encouragement to keep doing what I do or to try something different.

Having less busyness has taken away a lot of stress. The knots in my neck and back are gone, my sleep has improved, and I look forward to the daily routine again.

Less busyness = less stress, which gives greater peace and happiness. And I <3 that!

4 thoughts on “Less Busyness = Less Stress

  1. There is so much truth to your article. Far too often we let the things that matter a little affect the things that matter a lot. Congrats on realizing that it was your work affecting your life. A bigger congrats in taking the necessary step to correct it.

    1. Thank you for stopping by the blog and for the well wishes! It’s so nice to hear that other’s can relate 🙂

  2. I had my first child in 1982 and my second in 1985. My husband and I had decided that we didn’t want the stress of both of us working once we had children. Both of us grew up in families where both parents worked full time. And both of us grew up feeling like we were another chore rather than a joy in our parent’s lives. My husband’s mother was so stressed out by work, children, chores, church and social obligations that she started taking Valium to cope. She became addicted to it. Some parents drink to destress. Some parents become verbally or physically abusive with their children due to stress. Some become resentful of their children due to the demands put on their time and withdraw emotionally from them. All of these scenarios are “no bueno”. My husband and I didn’t want to raise our children in an environment where their parents were too stressed out to enjoy their childhoods. We opted to give our children our time and attention rather than stuff. We drove used cars and our house was furnished with second hand items. We went camping instead of going on fancy vacations. We had picnics in the park instead of eating out at restaurants. The kids didn’t wear designer labels nor did we. I did go back to work part-time once the children were in school with jobs that allowed me a flexible schedule so that I could work around their and my husband’s schedules. And both kids turned out happy and well adjusted, lol!

    I commend out for putting your family first. Money is nice but it’s not the most important thing as long as you have enough to cover the basic necessities of life and a little extra. Money can buy security but it can’t buy happiness. And money can’t buy back your kid’s childhoods.

    1. Thank you for your sharing your story! It sounds like you and your family enjoyed a lot of quality time together. It’s really great to hear how families make it a priority to be together and live happily. Love this! And, thank you!

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