As you likely know, I got married last month, but what you may not know is that in the last 10 weeks I also attended 4 other weddings, traveled to California twice, drove to upstate New York, went on a minimoon in Florida, and attended a conference—while planning a wedding and doing my day job.
While these experiences were all amazing and I am so lucky to have created so many lasting memories, they also came with stress and learning opportunities. So, today I’d like to share some of my biggest takeaways from one of the busiest times of my life so you can thrive and make it through any crazy days that might be heading your way.
1. Give yourself a break
It’s important to cut yourself some slack when you have a crazy schedule. This one took a little time for me because I really love my routines, but once I accepted that I wasn’t going to be able to maintain my usual plans, I was able to really enjoy all of the exciting things I had going on and I felt less guilt for “getting off track”.
2. Remind Yourself You Can Get Back On Track When the Time is Right
Speaking of getting back on track, it’s important to remind yourself that you can take a break and get back to your routine when things have settled down. On days where I didn’t finish everything on my to-do list or I didn’t have enough time to work out, I reminded myself it was OK and I would get back on track when things calmed down.
3. Get Enough Sleep
In order to not feel run down or get sick, it’s so important that you listen closely to your body. Whether that means extra sleep, more water, or anything in between, pay close attention because the last thing you want is to get sick!
4. Go With the Flow
If you’re like me and love having a plan, this one can be a challenge to accept and embrace, but a necessary one. Remind yourself that things aren’t always going to happen according to plan and it will be much easier for you to adjust when things don’t go exactly as expected.
5. Lean On Others
When you have lots on your plate, it’s important to lean on the people around you who love and support you. I could not have made it through the last few months without the help of my husband, family, friends, and fellow bloggers. If you’re someone who feels like they have to do everything themselves (as I do), this one can be really hard, but it will make your life easier. So, don’t be afraid or guilty to ask others for help—you need it and that’s OK!
6. Remember that one day all of these experiences will be memories, so make the most of each day!
It’s easy to let busyness get the best of you when you have a lot going on. BUT, it’s so important to remind yourself that everything you have going on is exciting (even if you feel a bit overwhelmed at times) and that one day everything you are experiencing will one day be a memory. So, be sure to take lots of photos, breathe deeply, get enough sleep, and remember these are some of the most exciting days of your life—so enjoy them to the fullest and don’t let them get away!
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If you’re looking for more on this topic, I highly suggest the podcast episode titled “How to Get Back On Track When You’ve Let Your Wellness Routine Slip” from the Feel Good Effect podcast. I listened to this episode yesterday while I was cleaning my apartment and felt like the 4 tips she suggested were exactly what I needed to get back to where I want to be with my routine.
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Have you experienced days, weeks, months, or even years when things seem overwhelming? If so, how did you make the most of it? I’d love to hear your story and learn from you too!
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