Sleep. Eat. Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
One major point the pandemic highlighted in my life (and I'm sure many of yours) was that we spend way too much time working...eating...and sleeping. Yes - all of these are necessary to make a living and support our health, lifestyle, and wellbeing, but what about supporting our happiness?
As I sit here on my front porch watching the sun go down while listening to finches cracking open bird seed on my stained glass feeder, I realize the greatest necessity of all is balance.
Balance in your body. Balance in your life. Balance in your career. Balance in your family. The list goes on and on. Life is all about balancing what is most important and what is necessity.
As we transcend into our 'new normal' of living, it is important to carry along the happiness we created when we were working from home and/or spending more time with family and ourselves.
A great place to start is identifying and journaling the positive and negative aspects of our lives throughout the past year. What are some things you want to continue to implement? What is most important to you and your happiness? What was stressful or depressing? Jot these down because pretty soon, our calendars will fill back up, and we will lose sight of our new outlook we created.
Next, get comfortable with saying 'no'. If you're like me, you try to make everyone's life easier even if it stresses me out. Remember this: "Don't light yourself on fire to keep someone else warm." You need to focus on yourself in all aspects. Put yourself first for once. That doesn't make you selfish or make you a bad person. It just doesn't make sense to wear yourself thin when in reality, not many people would do the same for you. A centered you is a better resource for those around you than an on fire you.
Schedule your own time. Sometimes you just need a day or a weekend to yourself. A day where you can wakeup and do whatever makes you happy. Walk around with no bra, only panties and an oversized tee. Make a big pot of coffee. Sit on the porch and read a book. Schedule time where you don't need to 'adult' and you can fill your day with the simple things in life that give you energy and feed your soul.
Some of these tips may seem like common sense but once we get back to our normal schedules, you will see why I am dropping these friendly reminders. It's so easy to get wrapped up in meetings, extracurricular activities, dinners, going out with friends, weekend trips, and more that we overwhelm ourselves mentally and physically.
Just remember - you are 100% responsible for how you live your life. Let's make the most of it.