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When Life Needs A Reset
March 4, 2017
Over the last few months I've been building a new business location. The first of those months I still worked at my previous job and spent the rest of my waking hours at the new location. Like a mother expecting a new child, I laid in bed staring at the ceiling for hours with countless thoughts on what needed to be done, dreamt of things needing to be done and woke up surrounded by reminder notes. I had even started leaving twenty dollar bills on my teenage son's side table every morning to ease my guilt of leaving him temporarily orphaned during this crazy time crunch.
The second month my new location was open for business and still being worked on. Now enters the mother with a new born phase....nothing was good enough and I didn't want to spend one day away. I would say to myself that my day off was truly my day off but those were just lies. I couldn't wait to go back, move things, clean things or just sit and stare at everything. Soaking in how happy I was, thinking of what to do next and making more "to do" lists.
What I also managed to achieve over this time was to get a cold. In a time period where everyone was catching something I overachieved and caught almost all of them week by week. Refusing to give in, lack of sleep and ignoring all the signs, I had run myself into the ground till I no longer could get out of bed.
I think we've all been there. Pushing, pushing, pushing. Believing we don't have time...until we have no option but to make time. THEN comes the reset. Rarely the soft push of a button to start over but , more likely, a heavy slap in the face! When we don't listen to ourselves our bodies have an incredible way of making us listen.
Normally, I'm very aware of needed down time and/or time alone. This particular project had me fooled that I loved it so much it was "me" time. My body knew the truth, I was a woman on a mission with no thought of healthy eating or anything else that would keep me well.
After three days of bed rest, medication and constant essential oils in my diffuser to breathe I was well enough for normal but limited activity.
I'm still limiting my activity and now I'm the child the mother is watching over. All my vitamins sitting in a row beside my breakfast, salads waiting in the refrigerator for lunch, (note to self: coffee is not an all day meal replacement) and no sticky notes surrounding my bed.
This week I even stayed out of the studio for TWO WHOLE DAYS! It wasn't easy. There were a few arguments inside my head but sanity won and I'm better for it.
It doesn't have to be a project as big as mine, it could be redecorating a room, working and going to school, preparing for a family visit, too much focus on social media. Anything in your life that's shifting the weight of balance can lead to a break down of your health, your happiness or ability to handle normal daily activities. When you're feeling that overwhelm or the unbalance of time in your life make a conscious choice to slow down. Take an hour, a day or a weekend. Turn off your phone if you can. Watch Netflix or go for a hike...just DO YOU!
What's in my Purifying Essential Oil for my diffuser?
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Lemongrass
1 drop Tea Tree
1 drop Rosemary
1 drop Eucalyptus
What do you like to do when you need to reset? Go for a walk? Read a book?
Leave me a comment and let me know!
P.S. No teenagers were harmed in the time of my studio build out. My son is fine, not truly orphaned and probably wishing I would spend more time away from the house. ;)