I’m rewriting the Meredith Grey gif – you know the one…she’s on the verge of tears, stating “I’m just exhausted.” Here’s my version: me trying to excel as a wife, mother, teacher, blogger, etc., maintain family/friendships, drink enough water, exercise, message everyone back, stay sane, and be happy.
I’m tired, folks. I’ve been struggling with anxiety this week. This is the point in the journey where I want to quit something. The thing is, there is nothing to pare down except the pressure I put on myself. You read that correctly. I don’t want to get rid of anything in my life (well, I can’t possibly retire at this point, so that’s off the table). I like my life. It’s just busy and exhausting and it’s been a hard week.
It’s best on days like this to practice extra self care. Part one of today went to getting my kid up for the ACT (he’s a champ 💪) and a venture to town with my husband to get the Walmart Grocery order. If you haven’t taken advantage of personal shoppers yet, this is a must for busy individuals. We were able to run other errands and have a nice lunch without wasting two hours in a crowded store.
So this is today, part two. I have a get away space and I’m taking full advantage. It’s an upstairs apartment over the garage. I’m super happy I cleaned it up nicely on spring break. If you’re an INFJ like me, or even the least bit introverted, this is a must. After extroverting as a middle school teacher all week, I need a place to recharge. I think everyone needs some alone time to practice self care. Listed below is my reset game plan when life gets to be a bit much.
Self Care List for Exhaustion
• Create a get away space and use it
• Unplug for a while from electronic devices
• Focus on praying. It’s good for the soul
• Read a book with real pages until you’re sleepy
• Take a nap! Sleep as long as you like
• When you awaken, write, watch a movie, or do some other pleasurable activity
• If you’ve been on a meal plan, this is the day to take some untracked space
• Sip coffee or your favorite beverage, slowly
• Don’t multitask. Do everything slowly and give yourself time
• Empty your brain entirely of all the cares of the week. Try and empty it until you’re not thinking anything at all
This is a reset designed for when you only have one afternoon/evening. It is perfect for the working individual who needs to carve out some me time and for anyone struggling with anxiety. Have an amazing rest of the weekend.
Blessings on your week,