Feel like your schedule is too full at the moment?
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Lately I have been feeling like life is moving way too fast. I am too busy. I wake up and GO – and it seems like no matter how much I have accomplished or finished, there are 10 more things waiting in the queue.
Take for example, this past Monday. I took the NCMHCE, which stands for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination. This is a beast of an exam – and is does not have a high pass rate. But in order to finish the license process for my state (Florida) I had to take and pass this exam. If I didn’t pass, I would have had to wait another 3 months, pay another $400 fee, and then take it again.
So I put my nose to the grindstone and studied. And since I have such a full plate, I could only study for 15-30 minutes at a time, and not every day. This meant over a period of several months I was consistently preparing for this damn exam.
And I PASSED!!! WOO HOO!!
This was a huge win for me. I have over 10 years clinical experience as a trained mental health professional, but transferring your license to a new state means new rules and new requirements. Passing this exam was the final step in that process for me.
However, I didn’t get to celebrate. In fact, I had a minor crisis at my job and had to write emails and get work done once I returned home. So I literally went from taking a massive exam, celebrating on Facebook for about 15 minutes, called my husband and my parents, to getting right back to work.
Sounds ridiculous, right?
I mean, I guess it may seem that way. But that day just happened to be a crazy day – I didn’t have time to put everything on halt. Celebrations and rest simply had to wait.
And I was cool with that. Because you know what, sometimes, that’s just life.
It isn’t always going to be fun and games and celebrations.
The reality is, sometimes you just gotta get shit done. When life gets crazy, you just have to keep moving forward and adapt.
So yea, after my exam I had to get back to work, because that was simply the way it was. I didn’t have time to celebrate, relax, or ignore my responsibilities.
But I did find other <small> ways to reward my work grind.
The next morning I slept in – and rather than pushing myself to go to my regular morning Ashtanga yoga practice, I instead attended a restorative class in the evening, full of chanting and meditation.
Life is moving really fast right now for me– and I realized that I don’t need any more fast energy flow in my self-care routine. In order to stay healthy and manage, I actually need the opposite – I need to insert a bit of calm wherever I can.
It won’t slow down any time soon for me. In fact, the next month is going to be nuts for me with lots of travel and work.
And I plan to manage that by adapting to the schedule rather than trying to be rigid or obsessive about exercise or my self-care routine. That will just stress me out even more. Flexibility will be key in maintaining my sanity.
The energy flow is always changing in life, and the trick is when you learn to move with it rather than fight it, you will be able to manage that change much more effectively. You will be able to maintain your emotional and physical health much more easily.
So if you are feeling too worn out, don’t force yourself to workout for 2 hours. Don’t force yourself to socialize at an event if you don’t have the energy.
If your schedule is full, change what you need to change to make it work. Be kind to yourself and really reflect upon what you actually need. Maybe it is 5 minutes of meditation. Maybe it is just a walk around the block. Maybe the reality is that day you can’t do anything, but the next day you can carve some time out for your self-care.
Recap: Tips for managing the Busy:
- Be flexible. While habits and routines are important, it is equally important to be able to change and adapt your self-care according to your needs at that time. Your body will need different care at different points in your life, tune in and really listen to what they are. Don’t get stuck in the rigidity of your current wellness routine.
- Accept the way things are right now and know that things always change. This is super important – remember that nothing lasts forever, everything is temporary. Sometimes we just have to take it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time. Do what you can in the moment and rest will come.
- Be kind to yourself. My favorite tip of all – and if you know me at all, you know I talk about this A LOT. Self-compassion is the core of stress management, we have to learn how to love ourselves first, no matter what is going on. So give yourself a break! (Need some self-love tips? Grab a copy of my FREE Self-Love Guide HERE!)
“Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.” – Author Unknown
Peace and Love,