Stress Free Spring
That is the goal.
These last few weeks have been rough on me. If you frequently read my blog, or subscribe to my newsletter, you may have noticed the slight gap in between posts. I have just felt so uninspired, overwhelmed, and stressed to the max. The weather here in North Carolina certainly isn’t helping my mood. Summer temperatures one day and snow the next. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy and put them in a slump.
I’ve noticed the weather isn’t the only thing keeping me down in the dumps and nails on chalk board in my head. It’s very simple actually. I have just taken on WAY TO MUCH STUFF!!! In between blogging, being a stay at home mom, running an at home business, checking a huge amount of emails I just cant keep up with, and running a bloggers promo group on Facebook; I just can’t keep up anymore.
So yesterday I decided to slim down and spring clean my life for a stress free spring and on. I think everyone should take the time to do this. I mean we clean all the junk out of our closets so why not clean out all the junk in our heads? But how does one actually do this? How do you know what to let go of and what to keep?
Make A List
Nothing like good ol’ fashion simplicity to go with the new stress free me! Today I went about all of my normal tasks, but instead of mindlessly doing them, I wrote down every time I went to do something. I did not make the list before the start of the day because I felt like that would be counter productive and I wouldn’t be able to really gauge what I dreaded and what I enjoyed til I actually did them.
I would write down the task I was doing before I started and note the time. Then I would write how I felt before I started. When I was done with the task I would write how long it took me and how I felt afterwards. At the end of the day today, I went over the list. The criteria to eliminate will be your sole decision because everyone has different reasons to stress but for me it was how the tasks made me feel afterwards. Some may go by the amount of tasks they do in the day (which I also considered) or the amount of time tasks took. Whatever your reason to eliminate is…do it…AND DON’T LOOK BACK!!!
Just kidding about that last part. Honestly, you don’t have to clean out the tasks in life that stress you out forever but consider putting them on the back burner. It’s interesting because I realized checking my email every day doesn’t actually bother me as much as I thought and I felt accomplished afterwards. The whole fitting it in around everything else is what stressed me out.
I did make one big elimination so far and I did it with a lot of sadness and second guessing but I did it. I stepped down as admin of my blogger promo group that I had started and built on my own and handed it over to someone else. It was so hard but seriously it took a lot of weight off of my shoulders. Having to constantly keep up with the threads, reinvent, promote it, create material for it, and monitor it was becoming consuming. If you are in my that group I want to tell you how much I love and appreciate all of you through this last year and I hope one day I can come back and be your happy, fun loving admin again. I hope you all understand.
Find Your Inspiration Again
Today is Day 1 and closing and so far I have eliminated one thing but a huge, personal one and I already feel somewhat better. Better enough to be inspired to write this post. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I am ready to get out of here. Everyday I will be working to eliminate something else or cut back on how often I do it until I am motivated, confident, and productive again. I picked up a couple of books to help boost my energy and get the juices flowing. I think anyone reading this now suffering from writer’s blocking, lacking inspiration in the life, feel stressed, and in need of a change should check these out:
I Don’t Have Time To Write – Time Taming Tips for Writers, Bloggers, & Infopreneurs by Nadine Hill / The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer / The Stress-Proof Brain: Master your emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity by Melanie Greenburg / The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo / Swear Words Coloring Book: The Jungle Adult Coloring Book with Sweary Words & Animals by Rainbow Coloring / SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck by Julie Morgenstern
Good Luck & Have A Happy Stress Free Spring
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