Leah and I have both been experiencing that a lot lately. We have been trying to get some new things together for the blog (check out the sponsors page for the fruits of that labor!) while still balancing the rest of our lives. Leah works full time and also runs her Chloe and Isabel side hustle. I have three different part-time jobs on campus and write for an online magazine, all on top of classes! Add in boyfriends, pets, family, and friends and, well, you get the picture.
So this afternoon I'm brainstorming ways to slow down - or try to anyway!
This is a big one for me....there's a reason I have three jobs. I have a tendency to overcommit myself, solely because I am afraid of saying no. Part of it is a fear of missing out on opportunities. Part of it is not ever wanting to disappoint people who I feel are counting on me. I've noticed recently, however, that sometimes, a "no" is necessary, especially if you are unsure whether or not you can totally commit yourself to whatever it is you're agreeing to. Most people will appreciate an honest answer over a half-hearted work ethic!
Take Time For Yourself
When your planner is bursting with to-do lists, taking an hour to watch an episode of The Walking Dead can seem like a huge sacrifice (that's the show EJ and I ended up moving onto, in case anyone was wondering). It is important to remember, however, that your brain needs downtime. Sometimes, a half hour break from homework will make the next two hours significantly more productive...and more enjoyable.
Set a Bedtime...and an Early Alarm
Admittedly, this is an area that I have been pretty good about over the past few weeks and I think it has made a huge difference. EJ is coaching for the rowing team at Wake, which means he has to get up just after 5 each morning. We have been getting to sleep between 10 and 10:30 each night to make sure he is getting enough sleep. I love the early bedtime, but I found myself still sleeping until 8 or 8:30 each morning...way too much sleep and it shortened my day! An earlier alarm allows me to be productive early and the early bedtime means a happier, healthier me!
Talk it Out
It's moments like these when I miss living with Leah! When we were in undergrad, Leah and I had regular "stress-fests" in which we would just vent for a short period of time about what was going on in our lives, whether it had to do with work, school, boys, or just life in general! It feels good to know that other people are experiencing the same feeling of being overwhelmed! Often times we would collectively brainstorm solutions to an issue and it allowed us to hold each other accountable for deadlines. Enter, our weekend phone date which I am soooo looking forward to!
Big breaths. It'll all get done.