Everyone loves a freebie, right? I mean, who would not want to learn new skills without spending a dime? All those online courses easily accessible during lock down … as a “yes” person, I could not say “no”. I was way too greedy, I picked anything that looked interesting.
“In life, there is no such thing as impossible; it’s always possible.” – Venus Williams
In the beginning, I was full of energy, eager to broaden my knowledge. Over the course of a month, I was juggling three courses per day on Zoom and I was proud of myself. Learning and doing the work with an online community was inspiring. My passion and creativity were in full bloom.
Losing Track of My Priorities
We all know women ace at multitasking, but (yes, there is a “but”), this super-woman soon found it was too much to handle. My energy and enthusiasm were waning. I stopped focussing as the fun disappeared. I had a lack of interest to complete some of the topics. I got distracted and started procrastinating. I spent more time on Facebook, YouTube etc.
I was having trouble getting a good night sleep because my mind was too active. I had vivid dreams of what I did during the day. Tiredness made me irritable and often someone was at the receiving end of my frustration. My brain had turned into a fried egg. And with the temperature rising into mid-thirties, I was sizzling like a full English breakfast.
Spotting the Signs
I neglected to see the signs. I pushed myself to complete the work on time. The stress and pressure were driving me out of control. I could no longer manage to keep up and I was exhausted. It was lockdown and I was supposed to ease up. Instead, I was in a constant battle to finish and deliver. My passion was gone.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
Shifting My Mindset
I adopted a new practice to rebalance my chakras. I focused on what was important to my well-being. I implemented a new methodology in my daily routine: start the day with 15 minutes of meditation followed by a revision of the to-do list I wrote the night before. Before bed, I meditated on what I was grateful for and made a to-do list for the next day.
Recharging the Batteries
Nowadays, I take short breaks to escape the monotonous routines. Everyone has a different way of relaxing. For me, it is washing dishes, doing laundry, baking and dancing in the kitchen. I learned to focus on less and gave myself more time to think on tasks that really mattered.
In order to avoid having too much on your plate, you must listen to your body. The warning signs are telling you to slow down. Take some time off, one hour or even a whole day. Have fun and enjoy yourself. Step out for a walk or a run. Treat yourself to a nice cuppa and that forbidden cookie. Call a friend or read a book. Whatever step you choose, your body and brain will thank you for it.