I have started my new job that affords me much more time at home, more time with the family, and more time to work on this blog. My stress is much less, the people I work with are wonderful, and .. I’m exhausted. I find myself wandering the house, not sure which direction to go, where to start. My list of projects is so long I can’t discern where I should start or finish. Consequently, I find myself wandering around, consumed by projects that need to be done, but leave me feeling like I have not accomplished much.
Well, I decided to cut myself some slack and really analyze why I am struggling
- I am in recovery- After talking to my naturopathic physician and finding that it is perfectly normal to feel this way after years of stress and overwork, we developed a plan for my physical recovery. So first, I have to take care of myself, eat healthy, lots of water, prescribed supplements, get plenty of sleep, daily practice of meditation, and exercise. So you know, starting small 🙂
- Minimalize the house- Here’s the deal, if I could get my house in order, minimalized, my “womb” would be content. I have a dear friend that always says our homes are like our wombs, if they are disorganized and cluttered, we feel disorganized and cluttered. Though my home does not look bad, and it cleans up well. I find myself spending too much time on it. Those spaces I have done the Kari Mon method on, I feel content in. I am happy to be in those spaces and they take very few minutes to clean.
- Need to develop a cleaning routine. I have ditched the awesome housekeeper ( at least on a regular basis) and now need to develop a concise and through cleaning routine. There are some outstanding blog posts on this subject that I have found on Pintrest. Check out these posts, I am using them, and tweaking them for my own use.
- Need to continue vigilant budgeting- with the reduction of my salary, I have been budgeting down to the penny. Maybe this hyper vigilance is just my effort to feel control in this new situation, but it is also in alignment with our goals as a family to have a debt free life. This is difficult sometimes for my kids, especially little I who love to spends money and always wants to eat out. But we just continue to reinforce that my new freedom to be a more available more means that we need to be more responsible with out monies. Also, I want my kids to look at time and experiences as wanted things rather than plastic junk that ends up in the landfill anyway!!
- Cut myself some slack- I have been building my body and mind into functioning as such a high pace and under such increased stressed for a long time, it’s going to take some time to retrain my brain (and body) to a more mindful and purposeful life.
I’ll keep you updated as my new work/life balance shapes up, any more tips that I find to be helpful.