My confessions as a recovering busy-holic
Oh, where do I begin?! I'm certain most of us are or have been caught in this busyness trap. We're at work before nine and way past five. We skip lunch or if we eat, it's at our desks. Once we're home, our minds are elsewhere and then once the lil ones are settled, we keep working (or studying) till the wee hours in the morning. For some, all the whilst being a single parent! Does this crazy groundhog day sound familiar to anyone?
We seem to be drowning in busy, and it's a global epidemic. It is impacting on our health, physically and mentally, our family life and happiness. There's been stacks of articles by experts and recovered workaholics on this topic. The good news is we can change this groundhog day and lead a healthier, more balanced life. We most definitely can.
Initially all I aiming for was to do yoga for 10 minutes (max!) in the morning and night, just so I can tick exercise off the list. Haha. I wasn't striving for self care per se. Then to give myself the best possible Monday, I began 'tech free Sundays'. In all honestly, tech free Sundays was more like...tech free for 30 minutes on Sundays. Setting that challenge gave me the opportunity to do other things like crafting it up, working on the veggie patch, taking the doggos for long walks, reading a book...so on. Months later, it's more like tech free for 3 hours on Sundays and I can honestly say I feel much better for it.
Little by little, a little becomes a lot.
Let's be real, it's not always smooth sailing. Sometimes, I'm literally on the phone for hours until my battery has 2% left. It's 3pm and I've done absolutely squat. These things happen, shake it off, move on. One thing that I'm super proud of is that I no longer have my phone on the bedside table. Hells yeah! My phone charges in the study overnight. What do I use as an alarm clock I hear you ask? An older phone with only a few apps on it, just my Sleep app, my Calm app and the Weather app (well, I need to plan what to wear the next day!).
Celebrate every tiny victory.
The journey to un-busy my schedule is...well, it's work in progress. It's not going as fast as I'd like and that's totes ok. Ultimately, the thing that matters is that, like many of you, I've made a decision to focus on my health and wellbeing. Yay! Go us! Let's keep at it and keep encouraging each other.
Direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast.
I'd love to hear your self care journey. Hit me up.