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Pulling Back for A Healthier Forward: When You Realize You've Been in Overload Too Long

I am currently working through this list I have created below. I am realizing I am in overload and have been in this state for way too long. Perhaps like me, you, too, need time to reflect and process so you do not just keep going through the motions for doing-sake versus for your well-being sake. Believe me, I get it.

Remember, God created us as human-BEings, not human DO-ings.

Here are 20 things to prayerfully consider when you need to lessen your current work and responsibility load for a healthier mind, heart, body, and soul:

1. Seek God’s Guidance: Pray for wisdom and discernment to know which responsibilities to keep and which to let go.

2. Evaluate Priorities: Consider what activities align with your core values and God’s purpose for your life.

3. Health Impact: Reflect on how your current load is affecting your physical, mental, and emotional health.

4. Family and Relationships: Assess how your responsibilities are impacting your relationships with family and friends.

5. Spiritual Well-being: Consider if you are allowing your heart and mind enough space for spiritual practices like prayer, Bible study, and worship.

6. Work-Life Harmony: Reflect on how harmonious your work responsibilities energize your personal life and vice versa.

7. Delegation Opportunities: Identify tasks that can be delegated to others to reduce your load.

8. Urgent or Important: Determine which responsibilities are necessary and which ones are taken on out of a sense of obligation or desire to please others.

9. Long-term Impact: Consider the long-term effects of continuing at your current pace on your health and well-being.

10. Sabbath Rest: Ensure you are observing regular times of rest and not overworking.

11. Passions and Gifts: Reflect on whether your current responsibilities are truly utilizing your God-given passions, strengths, and gifting.

12. Financial Considerations: Consider the financial impact of reducing work hours or responsibilities and seek God’s provision, wisdom, and grace to trust Him in this area.

13. Community and Support: Pray about how God might be inviting you to involve your community or support system in helping you manage your load.

14. Time Usage: Assess how you are using your time currently and what you would like your time usage to look like moving forward.

15. Opportunities for Simplification: Prayerfully brainstorm with a friend ways that might simplify your life and reduce complexity.

16. Boundaries: Reflect on whether you have set healthy boundaries and if there are areas where boundaries need to be established or reinforced.

17. Fear and Faith: Pray about any fears or anxieties that are preventing you from reducing your load and ask for increased faith to trust God with the outcome.

18. Joy and Fulfillment: Consider whether your current responsibilities bring you joy and fulfillment or if they drain you.

19. Support from Leadership: If applicable, discuss your situation with your spouse, employer, pastor, or others in authority to seek their understanding and support.

20. Next Steps: Ask God to reveal the specific steps He is inviting you to take to begin reducing your load, asking Him to give you the courage to take them.

Prayerfully considering these aspects can help you make thoughtful and spiritually grounded decisions about lessening your work and responsibilities so you can further live aligned to your God-given design.

Need help thinking these through? I am a professionally trained life-coach who is passionate to listen to your heart and draw out what is deep inside so you can consider how God is inviting you to address what you discover so He may move you forward, aligned to His design? Let's Connect!

Did you know that WHEN YOU SAY, OR BELIEVE, statements LIKE “I am not enough” or “I will never be enough,” that in God’s reality, that statement is true!?! This is how God has designed us. God designed us to never be enough...on our own He never has, nor will He ever, expect us to be enough on our own.

Watch the Video below as I explain our God-given design of our desperate dependence on Him, 24/7, and how this truth is can be so freeing for YOU!

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