Since late May to early June, I feel like things have been a struggle for me. Getting the motivation I need to get back into the groove of things has been hard. For those that follow my blog regularly, you probably have noticed I have not been consistent with my posting. I do apologize for that. Now that I am coming to the tail-end of my ‘funk’, I promise to be more diligent with my weekly posts.
I am still processing the information so I don’t want to go into any detail as to why I have been feeling a bit shaken up lately. My emotions are still raw and I am still in the questioning phase of this healing process. I understand that it is a process and will take time.
What this experience has taught me however is that I currently do a terrible job of picking myself up when I am down. Success comes from one’s ability quickly pick themselves up when they get knocked down. The key word here is quickly….and boy do I need to work on that. It took me almost 2 months to get back to my ‘normal’ self and during that time, I have pretty much been doing the bare minimum to get by and get things done…..which sucks. I hate doing the bare minimum.
This weekend I heard a quote while listening to the radio and it is what prompted me to write this post.
I started thinking how much time I wasted trying to think of what I could have done differently, even for things I had no control over. I analyze things; it’s kind of what I do. But sometimes, your strongest skills can also be your biggest weakness. Crazy how that works. All those analytical, perfectionist, worriers, sceptics know exactly what I am talking about. Sometimes I envy my husband’s ability to be so chill, relaxed and not worrisome about life. “Things will work themselves out”, he always says and for the most part they do.
Yup. That is my problem. I think waaaaaaayyyyyy too much. I think myself in to inaction. I think myself into self-doubt. I think myself into exhaustion.
Well no more. Life is too short for that.
I would love to say that I have ‘turned over a new leaf’ and I don’t get paralyzed with inaction at times, but that is not the case. Instead, I am implementing a few things in my life that will put me in the best possible head space and mood to tackle ‘life’s lemons’.
I try and read the Word every morning:
I use to read the bible at night, but I switched to the morning. I find carving out 30 minutes each morning to read the word and pray has done wonders for my overall mood and ability to just stay calm no matter what is happening around me. I try to wake earlier then my husband so I have the quiet, stillness and privacy I need to really get the most out of my time with God. It’s awesome. I gets me in the right head space for whatever I have coming my way (good or bad) for the day.
I am getting back to taking care of my physical health:
During my temporary funk, my physical health also took a bit of a beating. I went from working out at least 4 times a week to maybe once a week or once every two weeks. I like working out and typically don’t find it to be a chore (most days), but these past two months or so were a struggle.
I have gotten back to it though. I alternative between doing Jillian Michaels awesome Banish Fat Boost Metabolism four circuit series workout to going for a run at one of the local parks with a close girlfriend of mine. Working out with other people really helps me stay motivated, and if they are stronger than me or have more endurance, it helps to really push my limits.
I have also started being mindful of what I eat. I made a few changes in my diet:
- Increase the protein intake and cut waaaaaaayyyyyy back on carbs
- Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day
- I only have one cup of tea in the morning.
- I did a cleanse which has helped me clear up a lot of the toxins in the digestive system. It has also given me a lot more energy so I don’t need to rely on tea to wake me up in the morning
- I am in bed by 10:30pm most nights. As much as I would like to function on less than 7 hours of sleep, I have come to accept the fact that I need my 7-8 hours in order to be my best.
- I wake up early. I wake up at 5:15am (or try to most days) every morning. This gives me ample time to read my bible, get 1-2 things off my checklist done, make breakfast/eat and get ready for work. I never thought I could be a morning person but I am really starting to prefer it over the evening. I have so much control over my time.
I don’t get worked up over things I can’t control
Yahhhhhhh, okay I would be lying if I said I was 100% on this. This one is hard for me but I am really trying. Emphasis on the “really”. Honestly, I am not sure if this is something you can practice. What I found is the more things I can’t control, the more it is a reminder that you can only affect a situation to a point. I instead am deciding to do my best, and leave the rest to God. I will shelf this under making good headway but still a work in progress.
So I am learning to make lemonade when life gives you lemons, but it’s not easy. I need to work on my rebound time and stop dwelling on past failing, life is too precious for that.
How did you handle ‘life’s lemons’? How quickly did you bounce back and what strategies did you implement to get back?