You’ve probably noticed it’s been really quiet here on the blog and on my social media accounts recently. I’d fallen out of my routine and had been overcommitting myself – it’s also the busiest time of year at work. Then in the last couple of weeks I was interviewing for a new job (which I got and I’m so excited to start!).
I decided that this past weekend I would commit to a lot of ‘me time’ as well as catching up on my blog planning so that I’ve always got posts scheduled to go. Well that didn’t work out so well… On Saturday I had really bad pain in my stomach but I just continued on with my day. It continued to get worse until I was out for dinner on that night and the pain was so bad I couldn’t even sit at the table. Myron came to pick me up and took me to an after hours doctor who referred me to the hospital. The doctor there diagnosed me with appendicitis and referred me to the surgical team to have surgery that evening. The surgeon wasn’t convinced I had appendicitis so (luckily) requested more tests. I had a few more that night then got a few hours sleep before some more tests the next morning. I ended up having an ultrasound which showed there was nothing wrong with my appendix and I actually have an ovarian cyst. I’m feeling a little better now and I’m waiting to have surgery (it won’t be for another 3-6 months).
Now I’m no longer stuck in bed I’m wanting to get back into a routine and avoid falling out of it again. I’m implementing some tried and tested strategies and tips I’ve learnt over the years and thought I’d share them with you.
It’s really easy to put the needs of others before yourself – you help out a friend instead of having an early night or you swap cooking nights with your partner/flatmate because they’re busy. While being helpful and reliable is a great quality sometimes you just need to say no.
This is such a basic tip that I wasn’t even sure if I should include it but it truly is one of the most effective but we often push it aside. I’m a big list writer! I generally have a to-do list on the go at home and I always have one at work (I’m happy to say that even though I’ve been exceptionally busy this past month my work hasn’t suffered one bit!). For some reason my to-do list habits for my blog and personal/home life have slipped this month but I’ll be sure to put an end to that starting this evening!
Something’s Got to Give
You’re only human with only 24 hours in a day and you can only commit yourself to so many things. When you’re busy sometimes something just needs to take a backseat – you might need to skip dinner with friends, miss your favourite tv show or even hire someone to clean your house. You can do anything but not everything!
Put Yourself First
I find the first thing to go when I’m super busy is ‘me time’. It often seems frivolous and unimportant when faced with a mountain of chores, social commitments and other responsibilities. In reality though it’s probably the most important! Whether your ‘me time’ involves pampering, a gym session or a long walk it’s so vitally important it to include it in your routine. It gives you a chance to clear your head, rejuvenate and plan. My ‘me time’ generally involves beauty treatments and a good book – I’m also wanting to implement a long walk into my routine.
Regular posting is most likely to resume next week. I need a few more days to catch up and this weekend is my birthday.