GETTING BACK TO REAL LIFE
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As many of you know, the past couple of months have been very difficult for me. This week, I came home for the first time in 7 weeks. It is great to be home, but it feels so weird. I had forgotten where things go!
Emotionally it is very difficult to be home. As soon as we started driving away from my parents’ house, I broke down. It is so strange to realize how the world keeps turning even though it feels like my world is standing still.
This morning I taught my first 2 classes as I try and get back to ‘normal’. It’s going to be a slow process to get back to real life. There are many reasons you may have had to step away from your regular daily programming, here are some tips on getting back to life:
1. TAKE IT SLOW //
Try your best to not jump right back into your same routine. It may seem like getting back to the “grind” will fast track you to normalcy, but trust me, it won’t.
Give yourself space in your days to have time for yourself and your loved ones. There are going to be moments that are harder than others, and knowing you have time in the morning or evening to reset will make all the difference.
I only currently have 2 scheduled classes per week for the month of December. It feels weird to not be teaching very much, but it also feels amazing. I have more time for my family and time to work on projects I will launch in the new year.
Just because you aren’t going back to your regular routine, doesn’t mean that you have to lay in bed all day. Take up a new hobby, organize your house, or finish an old project.
2. PRACTICE SELF-CARE //
Whether or not you have a current self-care practice or not, now is the time to implement self-care as a priority and learn how to put yourself first .
Currently I am taking time in the morning to eat a good breakfast, drink some water and get moving before I start my day. In the evenings, I take time to fully wash-up, journal, and read before I go to sleep.
During the day I don’t force myself to work. I keep my book and other crafts handy so I can take breaks and let my mind rest. I have been focusing on eating healthy and enjoying comforting foods. I haven’t gotten back to my workout routine, but I’m sure that will come soon.
Since we don’t have our tree up yet (soon!) and we can’t currently use our fireplace due to renovations, I have been putting the Yule log channel on so we have a comfy ‘fire’ on and I have been listening to ‘My favourite murder’ podcast and Christmas music. These are things that bring me joy and help in times when I am feeling down.
3. DON’T EXPECT PERFECTION //
When you are ready to get back to real life, it’s not going to be the way it was. You may or may not be at 100% physically and or mentally, so don’t expect that your work and activities are going to be the way they were. My best advice to you is to not stress about it, but rather let everything come as it will. You will have good days and bad days, enjoy the good and learn from the bad.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to people about what has been going on, at least try and have one ally that you can talk with or at least can have your back. It’s vital to feel supported during your routine to your real life.
Focus on what you accomplish rather on what you don’t accomplish.
Light & Love
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