I’m heading out of town today for a retreat, and while I’m looking forward to resetting with a weekend away, I’ve been trying to find other ways to stay balanced day to day. I’m not sure about you guys, but I’ve really felt the weight of not having enough hours in the day lately. I’m beyond grateful to work from home and do what I love, but balancing work, motherhood, marriage, friendships and myself can be quite the struggle. I can’t tell you how many days I don’t shower until after bedtime, don’t eat nearly as well as I should, or burst out in tears when nap time is ceasing to exist. A couple weeks ago I began to feel the stress of this more and more and decided that enough was enough. I realize there’s plenty in life that I can’t control and that there will never really be enough hours in the day, but I decided it was time to put together a small cheat sheet of breakaway tasks that help me reset. Today I’m partnering with Pure Leaf to share the activities that give me a moment to take a breath and come back to whatever I was doing or working on feeling refreshed and better because of it.
1. Set a timer to disconnect. Sometimes all I need is ten to twenty minutes to really unplug and connect with myself, Owen, Zack or all three of us. It’s so easy to get caught up with work emails, social media notifications or even conversations with friends when your cell phone is constantly in your hand. Forcing myself to take a small chunk of time (no matter how big or small) to unplug is always beneficial. Simply set a timer on your phone and put it up high or in the other room - works like a charm!
2. Make it a point to get out the door before noon. Regardless of my work from home set up, I’ve never been one of those people who can just lounge around all day. Working from home with a toddler makes it particularly difficult to actually get out throughout my workday but it’s in my best interest to get some fresh air. In just 30 minutes or so I’ll take Owen for a walk, grab coffee or tea and spend sometime at the playground. Even if our morning got off to a rocky start, there’s no doubt that I’ll come back home feeling refreshed and ready to restart.
3. Make one healthy, tasty meal a day. For me this is lunch. It doesn’t happen every day, but I try to make a conscious effort to put together something healthy that I can take the time to enjoy each and every day. It’s obviously beneficial when I’m able to plan ahead and make meals over the weekend, but when this doesn’t happen it provides me with a task that allows me to jump out of work to tackle. With writing as my primary job sometimes stepping away from the computer is the best thing for me mentally and creatively.
4. Put together the perfect playlist. I know it’s not the case for everyone, but I like to have background noise almost always. I listen to a fair share of podcasts, but more often than not I’m running through countless playlists on Spotify. It’s really helpful to have the right kind of music on at home so having a handful of playlists saved really helps me stay productive and relaxed.
5. Make an afternoon cup of tea. Our apartment is small, but our kitchen is tucked away and it’s the perfect place to escape and have an afternoon pick-me-up. I’ve been a fan of Chai tea since high school, but my current favorite is from Pure Leaf. Their teas are made with single-source origin tea leaves from Rainforest Alliance Certified tea estates in India, Kenya, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Their tea leaves are kept long, then simply picked, rolled and expertly crafted to provide the most genuine tea experience. Pure Leaf’s Chai is sweet and spicy and helps me get through those final hours before bedtime without over stimulating.