Hi friends! I know we’ve been a little MIA for the last few weeks. Just like you, things have been really busy for us. Jeff has been pulling double duty since September – back in university full-time while also managing his full-time day job. And on my end, work has been full-pace (although going very well) and I’ve been spending more time than usual with my family. It’s been a heavy fall – work-, emotion-, and stress-wise. But, we’re doing our best to keep our heads above water, and take a little time for ourselves whenever possible.
I’m no stranger to a heavy workload – I completed my graduate degree while working full-time – but, the difference right now, I think, is emotional fatigue. Maybe deflation is a better word. Don’t get me wrong, I’m doing OK, but I definitely don’t have my usual get-er-done energy and attitude. So… what’s to be done?
I’m a big believer that you’re in charge of your own happiness. If something in your life isn’t working for you, you’ve got to take action to see a change. While much of my load isn’t even my own right now, here’s what I’ve been doing to shake things up and break the funk:
- PJs, Prosecco, Chinese food and Netflix – the true suburban adventure. This combination is totally my bag and is almost guaranteed to cheer me up.
- Running – while I may want to spend all of my free time plopped on the sofa in my comfy clothes, indulgent things lose their gloss if you over do it. Getting outside, despite the crummy fall weather we’ve been having, has been critical to my sanity. Right now I’m in a 10KM clinic with the Running Room, which has me out pounding the pavement 3 times a week.
- Noticing and listing all of the small things as often as possible – a soy chai latte, mushroom barley soup, eating lunch away from my desk, going for a walk in the sunshine, hugging my dog, getting snail mail. You see how this works, right?
- Working in the garden – I know things are closing down in the garden right now, but there is still work to be done. I spent a spare hour last weekend moving plants, pulling weeds, and breaking down a juniper that didn’t thrive. I know it’s “work,” but getting my hands dirty is totally cathartic.
- Spending time with Jeff – with so much going on, it’s easy to forget to set aside time to hang out with my best friend. We just had our 11 year anniversary and we still really like each other. So, even when we’re really busy, we do our best to spend time together – like going for a drive or walking the dog.
What’s your favorite way to beat bad vibrations or relieve stress? Share all of your secrets below, please.