Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s been two months, my brother’s wedding, 6 weeks of travel, and one “recovery” week. Two months without a routine, consistent diet or any obligations. Now I’m back and trying to re-adapt to normalcy. A struggle many face when coming back from an extended adventure. Things change. You change. Your way of thinking changes. You grow.
Returning to what used to be called the normal day to day can be disheartening – you begin to notice cultural differences that you may no longer agree with, food portions that could feed a village, feeling out of shape after not being in a gym for months, or you start to notice a face full of acne because you threw any nutritional diet to the wind. It’s easy to be quick to judge your culture for its faults after experiencing new ways of thinking, and it can be easy to quickly judge yourself for gaining a few pounds, losing strength, or getting zits on vacation. But, I’m here to express, during this time it’s important to be compassionate towards both yourself and others.
Knowing that returning home would be a transition, I thought out strategies to follow in the weeks ahead to help me get back into the swing of things.
1. Take Care of my Body Through Diet and Exercise:
Taking care of my body by eating right and exercising does wonders for my mental state. I feel happier and full of energy. Besides, having a goal like getting my heart rate up for one hour everyday will help reintroduce a routine back into my life. Personally, I enjoy working out first thing in the mornings. However, knowing myself and how much of a challenge waking up early is for me, I’ve decided to break up my week to slowly get back into my morning routine. I’ll aim to go to the gym two mornings a week, the other days can be after work. Each week, I’ll tack on one more morning workout.
As for my diet – from all the dairy, travel, sleeping in different places, and drinking so much Prosecco (no regrets) my face has decided to break out. Knowing greens, like green peppers, arugula and avocados are good for blemishes, I am creating weekly meal plans that include plenty of greens!
2. Be actively grateful:
Rather than complaining about being back, I have decided to be actively grateful. When there is so much to grateful for, it’s difficult to be frustrated or uneasy.
It’s simple to fall into the habit of negative thoughts if you’re in a job you don’t love or you’re not living where you’d like to be living. Rather than complaining, have integrity. Stay positive, be grateful for what you have now, and always keep pushing to better yourself. Start off the day by listing three things that you are lucky to have.
3. Redefine Goals:
After any big change, I like to sit down and reevaluate where I am with my goals and what areas of my life need a little more attention. First, I go through the ten key areas of my life, see where I am feeling the strongest and what areas need a little more attention. After understand where I may need to focus more attention, I write out ten goals that are clear and concise. Goals play a crucial role. They help us analyze and really ask ourselves what it is we want out of life. It defines a target to direct our attention towards. A strategy in helping helping to keep you pushing yourself to be the best you can be.
4. Create a Schedule Every Week:
Each week I create a schedule on my google calendar. I write down when I’ll work on certain goals I have: when I’ll exercise, what events I have coming up, etc. By adding it to a calendar where I can visually see how and when to work on my goals, I stay focused and feeling ambitious.
5. Develop a Budget:
After not working for 2 months. A budget is in order!
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it sure does make life a little easier. Besides it’s time to start strategizing how to save up for that next big adventure!
I recently read Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money. It has a lot of good knowledge and tips on how to get out of debt. I highly recommend giving it a read. Some of his main suggestions are to first put $1,000 dollars into savings. Then you start to aggressively go after debt with the “snowball effect” – tackling one loan or credit card bill at a time. When you pay off one, count it as a win, then start paying off the next. Even if you didn’t just get back from a trip, I highly recommend staying on top of your finances!
Getting back into the groove of things won’t happen overnight, so again have compassion on yourself. Stay determined! These strategies are meant to be a support for you to fall back on.
Remember, it’s okay to feel sad coming back to the familiar after experiencing something life changing, but also remember your goals. Create a strategy that will help keep you on track and moving forward; or feel free to borrow mine. That’s what I’m here for!
Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.