Be that due to end of term events with kiddos, work deadlines, renovations at home or saying YES too much.
I have spent a lot of time in the past 2 years working through the ‘I have to be busy’ all of the time mentality. I’m intentional with my time, allocate it will and have firm boundaries about what I say yes to.
I was recently looking at my google calendar from two years ago, my heart started racing. ‘How on earth did I keep up with that schedule?’
The reality is…is…that I didn’t keep up.
My days were LITERALLY jam-packed and I’m not kidding when I say that. It was back-to-back meetings, workshops & events almost every single night and most weekends.
I remember sobbing myself to sleep many nights or making cups of coffee at 11 pm to keep going well into the early hours of the morning.
Waking up with anxiety because the day already felt overwhelming.
Girlfriend, I’ve been there. And I’m not naive to think that there won’t be and isn’t going to be hectic sometimes. We all have seasons to live within, but the reality is that we can’t forget ourselves in the midst of busy schedules, deadlines, and the demands many of us face.
I wanted to share with you some tips that I’ve implemented in the past couple of years. Tips that have helped me re-connect with myself, within my marriage and most importantly find a sustainable approach to my business.
Here are my 4 tips on how to maintain your sanity when life is busy!
Tip 1: ‘How Do You Want To Feel?’
How do you want to feel in life?
I like to ask this question because what it does is it takes us out of our head and drops us into our hearts, into our body, into our spirit.
Some other questions to postulate on:
- How do you want to feel when this project at work is completed?
- When you drop your kids off at school in the morning on the way to work?
- How do you want to feel in your marriage?
- How do you want to feel when you set-off into the world of dating after a 15-year break?
- How do you want to feel when you exercise?
- How do you want to feel when you in the morning?
Tip 2: What Are Two Things You Can Outsource or Handover?
Oh yes, you can be ‘superwoman’ but you don’t have to be.
When I ask the questions above, I usually get ‘I want to feel rested, energetic and present BUT I have so much to do!’
I had a client who had 3 kids, totally capable of helping around the house. But she was doing everything. And that grind, standpoint that she felt disrespected and underappreciated was the driving wedge in every single aspect of her life.
So, what could she do? She could explain to her family that everyone was pitching in.
Where can you hand over 1-2 things which take a lot of your time? Either hiring help or re-distributing responsibility.
Tip 3: Are You Having Fun?
Are you having fun? Are you enjoying your job? Enjoying time with your family? When was the last time you went on a date night with your partner?
Are you creating space in your weekly schedule for fun things?
Do you know what makes you light up? What feels like and is fun for you?
This is an absolutely important and key aspect of balancing out stress, overwhelm, burn-out and exhaustion — is to create joy and fun in our lives. If we aren’t doing that, then we aren’t giving our lives much balance.
Tip 4: Have A Reward For Yourself
I remember once saying to my daughter ‘If you put your clothes on, I will give you a bandaid!’
‘The dangling carrot’ we as parents use it more than we’d probably like to admit to, right?
The same things
For me, that’s booking in a facial at my favorite spa. I make a list of everything I have to get done and I then book in a treat for myself when at period in my life is over.
If the stress of hectic schedule is on-going then I would implore you to make time for yourself in the schedule.
How are you going to reward yourself or give yourself something restorative to look forward to?
Here’s the thing, I know that there’s a lot going on for many of us. I also know that we do have choice in our lives, often more than we think, about how we chose to live within it.
How do you stay sane?
What are you top tips?
I am asked all the time: ‘Mish, where do I start? How do I start untangling my hectic life?”
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