It's pretty much a given, at some point we will let things slide a little, and slip back to old creature comforts.
I've done it before, and I'll likely do it again. But what matters most, is how you pull yourself back up after it. How can you jump back on the horse?
Over the past couple of weeks I've felt things sliding. There's no doubt that 2016 has been huge for me so far, I've been working my booty off. And I've loved almost every minute of it.
But that doesn't mean that I don't get tired, overwhelmed and a little stressed from time to time.
LAST WEEK WAS A PRIME EXAMPLE.
I was feeling the reality of taking two holidays in one month, and what that means for me work wise. Yes, I'm incredibly grateful to have two holidays this month, especially after a really tough year in 2015. But, the reality is, when you work for yourself, (especially in the beginning) if you don't show up not much happens. IE No holiday pay.
And I love showing up. But when there's lots going on behind the scenes too, it's my recipe for instant overwhelm.
My spiritual practice slipped, I didn't go to yoga, I was working until all hours, I felt tired in a way that couldn't be cured with sleep and the really bad one.... I wasn't eating.
At least not enough.
When I have a lot on my metaphorical plate, I tend to neglect my actual plate.
I tell myself things like 'I'm not hungry' or 'I don't have time right now'.
And I can go a whole day only having eaten a few things.
For some this might be ok, but for me I know my body doesn't function at it's best when it hasn't been nourished.
Over the weekend it hit me.
SOMETHING NEEDED TO CHANGE.
I couldn't keep running on empty, so I did four things that got me back on track ...
1. SCHEDULED ME TIME
Because when my life is full, if it's not scheduled I won't do it. I use google calendar, so I just went through and scheduled in yoga classes, a catch up with friends, and took the day off on Monday to spend with my mum.
You can also use the self-care planner within A BUSY* WOMANS' GUIDE TO ZEN. This will help you allocate something for each day. If you haven't got a copy yet, you can get it here.
2. GOT REAL ABOUT WHAT I ACTUALLY NEED TO DO
I love lists, and I actually find joy in having a long list of tasks to do. I know. I'm sick.
So I went through and prioritized. What do I actually need to do this week, and what can wait? Then I divided my tasks up for each day
This is a great way to make you feel more organised, and also to make you feel more productive. You know you're making traction on what needs to be done the most, and that's incredibly satisfying.
HOT TIP - I know I'm most productive in the mornings, so this is when I do the things that take the most brain power. Think about when you're most productive, and do the more difficult things then.
3. PLANNED AND DELEGATE MEALS
Simply sitting for 10 minutes and planning out our dinners for the week, makes a HUGE difference to how my week flows. We've got a butchers paper roll on the wall in our kitchen, so I wrote each dinner on there, and who is cooking (hello delegator).
I do most of the cooking in our house, but when I know I won't be able to, I ask Michael in advance to cook, I also let him choose what he wants to cook.
I like to think of it as support-delegation.
Michael's job is really intense and he works long days, he also does University by correspondence, so simply making sure that everything is in the fridge and pantry also makes it easier on him. Plus I know that we're going to eat well as well.
If you're into it, you could also use a fresh food delivery service like Let us Feed You Organics, or You Foodz.
4. HAD A LAUGH
When life is full, we can get all serious and cranky. I like to remind myself that lots of this stuff doesn't really matter! That life will go on, the world will keep spinning, and I'm no less of a person for it.
DON'T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY.
REMIND YOURSELF WHAT'S IMPORTANT AND FOCUS ON THAT.
For me it's my health, my husband and my family.
That's what matters most.
So now I want to turn it over to you. What do you do to bring yourself back to your happy place? What is the one sure fire way to bring you back to Zen? I'd love you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.