This summer was a great summer. Not only did I have a full business calendar, seeing clients and all the other functions of running a business, but also one of our children had a wedding.
Did I mention it was my daughter? I have two sons who have gotten married. Being mother of the groom is busy, and exciting, and wonderful. I fully enjoyed their weddings. But being mother of the bride is in a completely different universe! The mother of the bride is intimately more involved in every detail of the whole event.
Did I mention the wedding was in Ely? My sons got married in the area that was both their hometown area and mine, in Iowa, about 9 hours drive from Ely, MN my current home. So I was by default less involved. Planning a wedding at YMCA Camp DuNord was fantastic- but it was very busy. Everyone was coming from afar, so it was important to do extra planning for the wedding weekend.
And of course, being who I am - I had to do a few projects around home in the weeks and months preceding the wedding! I really did try to keep myself from getting too crazy with 'getting things done before the wedding', and mostly succeeded. But that also created more 'hectic' to my summer.
When we have big events, busy schedules, or crises in our lives, it is essential to have a plan for keeping ourselves healthy and functioning at as high a level as possible.
Things I did to maintain my health and sanity that may help you in your next overwhelm:
- Be realistic about what you can actually handle. Reduce, re-envision, and delegate the rest. Be brutally honest. Less is often more.
- Form a plan for eating well and exercising through the overwhelm. It may be unrealistic to continue your usual routine, but come up with a plan you know you can execute. I made a point of doing a minimum of 15 minutes of stretching in the morning and 10 before bed. I did more on days I could.
- If you are investing in your health on a regular basis, you can weather the overwhelm when it comes. Book regular appointments with your massage therapist, chiropractor, nutritionist, and other care practitioners to keep yourself healthy, relaxed and ready to perform at your best.
- Rest before you need it. Schedule rest ahead of an event so you are not running on empty when it arrives.
- Do as much as you can as early as you can. Make a plan determining when things can be done, and who will do them.
- Let go and have fun!
About the author: Stephanie Bish owns 'Blissful Body by Stephanie' in Ely, MN; also serving Babbitt, Virginia, Tower, and the Arrowhead Region. As a Massage Therapist, Structural Integrator, and Reiki Master Teacher, she enjoys guiding people on their path to well-being.
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