Over the last few weeks I have recognised that I am getting worn out. Again. (This may be the reason for my more thought provoking posts recently, now that I come to think of it!) Between caring for my children, dealing with the mountains of paperwork that seem to accompany every decision about my son, and my income, and trying to be business like about my ‘business’, things have started to slip. And, as I said in my post yesterday, it is important to be kind to yourself.
How do you bounce back when you are worn out?
Some of the things that I have found that work include:
1. Keep things simple. Cancel those social appointments that you are dreading, don’t schedule any complex arrangements, and just focus on the basics. Looking after you and yours is more important than obligations to friends. Good friends will understand that this is temporary and that you will be back on deck soon.
2. Eat healthy food. Instead of reaching for the easy peanut butter sandwich, or cheese and crackers, take a few extra minutes to eat some fresh food – a salad sandwich, a fruit platter, or even just grab a banana instead of something processed and sugary.
3. Exercise. I know – the last thing you want to do when you are tired and worn out is to exercise. I am not talking about a full cardio work out followed by a boxing class (although if that is your thing go for it!). I find that even just taking a walk around the block is often enough to get things moving again, to lift your energy levels and your spirits. Doing a bit more active exercise helps even more!
4. Rest. Actually stop, put your feet up, and rest. Not work on your laptop or tablet. Rest. Maybe read a novel, listen to some music, or just be at peace for a few minutes. My personal favourite? Lying in a hammock. (Note to self. Spring is here. Set the hammock up. Soon!)
5. Let go of some of your responsibilities. This is the hardest one for me. I love sewing, creating, designing, making. I also love earning some income from it. But it takes all my focus, and at the moment I need to give the children a bit more focus, so sewing has to take a back seat. This is hard, but I know it isn’t forever – it may be for a day or two, or for a week or two, but it will all be there waiting for me when I have time and head-space to walk into my sewing room and pick up where I left off.
6. Do something different. You might remember my favourite graphic from a post a couple of weeks ago. I love this. It reminds me that if we are in a rut, with tired children, whinging mother, etc, then in order for me to change that, I need to change something I am doing. Ideas that have worked well in the past include a picnic dinner as a surprise, having a family movie night in the middle of the week, letting the kids build a fort and live in it for a day – even though they use a whole room and insist on keeping it there for days!
What helps you to bounce back when you are getting run down or worn out?