On any normal day, I’m slammed with appointments, deadlines, tasks, household responsibilities, family, and, if I’m lucky, some friend time. We wear more hats than we thought possible, and, at some point, something's got to give. Also, let’s talk about the fact that for some of us self-care is not an option because of new schedules, everyone being home and budget cuts due to COVID.
Ugh. What happens when your energy tank is empty, you haven’t had any downtime and there’s no telling when life will return back to some type of normal.
A witty, light-hearted blog post can’t fix an overwhelmed life. But being intentional and realistic about taking care of yourself can.
A witty, light-hearted blog post can’t fix an overwhelmed life. But being intentional and realistic about taking care of yourself can. Here are a few ways that have worked for me in my most overwhelmed moments.
1. Take 30 minutes a day to just be.
Make it a priority to set 30 minutes aside without people, phone, TV, or computer — just you. Wake up 30 minutes earlier or make it the last 30 minutes of your day. Spend time thinking, journaling, praying, meditating, reflecting. Just be in your thoughts.
Just 30 minutes of walking is enough to burn some extra calories, get your blood flowing, and clear your mind. San Diego has some of the best beach walks and hiking trails around. Take advantage of it!
3. Be vulnerable.
Sharing your struggles can be hard. Admitting that you don’t have it all figured out and that you are about to lose it is, well, not fun — but you have to do it. We’re not meant to carry life’s burdens on our own. Share your story so that others can help you carry the weight of being overwhelmed.
You HAVE to sleep. There’s no substitution. Re-evaluate what is stopping you from getting your necessary amount of sleep. Guard your sleeping hours like it’s an important appointment. And keep your commitment to rest. Period. Is your life in a spot where a full night of sleep just isn’t an option? There’s no shame in taking a nap while the kids do.
5. Go out of your way to be nice to people.
Smiles and kindness are contagious. It has the ability to make someone’s entire day and will change the way you’re seeing yours. Say hi, please, and thank you. Let someone know they’re doing a great job. Compliment someone’s personality or character. Just. Be. Nice.
MEET THE Author: LINDSAY MARSOLAIS
Lindsay's the founder of Creating Home San Diego and absolutely loves what she does! She holds a CA Real Estate License, is a Certified Meeting & Event Planner, and a Certified Home Stager. In her free time, you can find Lindsay adventuring, traveling, gardening, cooking and coming up with new projects (that her family and friends conveniently get roped into). Email Lindsay