Intentional Living

Time to go. Let’s shut it down!

We all heard our parents say “It’s time to go. Stop what you are doing.” As parents we have probably told our kids “Time to go! Shut it down!” (as we are in a technology world). We live in a very fast-paced world where we are always on the go. Our days are chockful of activities. As well, our planners hardly have empty space between the events and to-do lists. I know all too well about the busyness. As a farmer, I and my family seem to be racing against mother nature to get spring’s work and the harvest done. 

Whether we are talking about our business, technology, or other activities (extra-curricular activities, clubs or groups) that keep us busy we need to learn to shut it down each day. Most of us have had those sleepless nights reliving our to-do lists and worrying about life. I can relate. I have had those nights where it seems like my mind just keeps going. Some of us like to go on some form of technology right before going to bed. I am one of those that do that, but in reality, doing those things prior to going to bed can stimulate the brain. We need to refrain from doing such things as being on technology, doing late night bookwork, or housework. I have done all of those things prior to bedtime and it makes it hard to shut it down at night. 

Our bodies need time to rest and relax. We can’t always be going, going, going. Otherwise, we will end up feeling like a hamster on the spinning wheel trying to get off. I know when I don’t go on my cell phone prior to going to bed or doing any late-night housework or bookwork I sleep much better. It’s all about taking time out of our busy days to wind down and spending time with our loved ones (spouse or kids) in the evening. Our business, bookwork, and housework will always be there the next day. Our health will also thank us in the end when we learn to say “Let’s shut it down”. 

We would love to hear your tips and tricks on winding down at the end of the day.

Contributed by Carrie Guthmiller

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