If you’re like me, you recently went back to the old rat race. For some that means going back to full-time jobs, others went back to school, home schooling has restarted and our children are back in the classrooms in some places. I know there are also many of you who have been working straight through all of this -working day in and day out. It seems like it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by what we do. Whether you are a working woman, stay at home mom, married, divorced, single, with or without kids, it is easy to become stressed out and overwhelmed.
I want to start by reminding you that when you start feeling overwhelmed acknowledge your feelings and take a step back.
I know that sometimes, well-meaning people tell us that it could be worse and somebody else probably has it worse etc. That doesn’t mean your experiences aren’t real.
Your feelings are VALID. I’ll say that again your feelings are valid. If you are feeling overwhelmed, consider paying closer attention to your life. Try to figure out what it is that you could do, to make a change (within what you can control) to make your life a little less hectic and overwhelming.
My hope is that after reading my post, something resonates with you to make your life a little easier and less overwhelming. 😌
When you wake up in the morning, the last thing you want to start doing is planning the basics. What will I eat? What will I wear? What will I cook for dinner?
Take the time to make a plan of what you intend on eating every single day for every meal. Consider making a schedule and posting it on the refrigerator. It will make creating meals a breeze, since you will have a guide on what to prepare – that will be one less thing you have to think about. You’d be surprised how frustrated you get when you have to think about what you’re going to eat for every single meal – especially when you’re trying to eat healthy.
Stick to the schedule of what you plan on eating for the entire week (including snacks if you are a snacker). Shop accordingly to prevent excess waste and to ensure you have all you need. Once you have completed your shopping- take the time to meal prep for that week. This may include making a few large batches of meals to divide up. This may include measuring out appropriate portions for easy accessibility and portability. Most meals will need to be refrigerated, some may need to be frozen- to be either reheated or cooked later. Meal prepping on Sunday or over the weekend takes a little while, but it will save you so much time throughout the week. You will be so glad you did.
Yes, that old directive momma used to give us as children actually works. Set out your clothing at night. I’m going to take it a step further – lay out your clothes and accessories for the week.
Set aside five outfits of the week and lay them on your bed. This will give you a great head to toe visual and you can get an idea of how to coordinate your shoes and accessories. Do not worry, these outfits are not set in stone, so if you wake up one morning and change your mind its no big deal. However, it is one less thing to worry about, and planning ahead almost always ensures a pulled together, polished look. When you are done, hang the sets in order Monday – Friday (Or whatever your schedule dictates).
Makeup and Hygiene:
Having a routine and an organized workspace makes your daily makeup and hygiene routine seamless. We need to take the time to not only organize our products, but also rid ourselves of the clutter of old, expired and unusable items. Organize your makeup by type – eyeshadows together, lipsticks together, etc. At first glance you will see everything you have and be able to easily select whatever you need.
Other helpful tips:
Make it a habit to clean off your shoes when you come home. You will feel both hurried and irritated, if you decide to choose a pair of shoes and they aren’t clean. Nobody likes to wear dirty shoes. Take a few minutes and wipe or dust them off before storing them away.
Keep your work bag and purse organized so you can find items you use most often easily.
Encourage your children to get their outfits ready for the week. For younger children, treat it as a game. Approve and discuss the outfits beforehand to save time.
Program your coffee pot. ☕️ Set out your mug. I’ve got some great mugs here if you would like a decorative mug.
Keep up with your daily hygiene and beauty routines and maintenance (Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready😉)
Create a schedule that you can live with. Include time for you everyday. You must have time for you. If not, you will burn out quickly and your effectiveness to yourself and those who depend on you will dwindle. Self-care, specifically making time for yourself is not a option. Consider it as essential as brushing your teeth. For some of you, that will require a change of mindset. Do a little each day until it is second nature.
Until next time. Keep loving yourself unapologetically!