Are you feeling the stress yet? The circus is in full swing. Its time to start juggling work, school, homework, dinners, sports, housecleaning, meals, and, and, and…
And that always leads to stress.
I know planning is not fun, necessarily. But it saves your life.
Planning meals is probably one of the most important things you can do. I know that if I don’t have enough meal choices planned for the week, we end up eating out. Bad for the wallet, the waistline, your health, and your energy.
I struggle with that myself. Its hard to plan a week of meals. And there is always at least one day when even the best laid plans fall short. Its really hard to get excited about dinner when you’re getting home at 8 or 9.
But there are 2 other tips that help save my butt.
Use every spare minute.
While waiting for my daughter to be ready to walk the dog, I knock out a couple of the dishes.
If I know I’m going to be up for a couple of hours, I throw some laundry in. For the most part, the laundry doesn’t need me. It can be running while I do something else.
When I get ready for bed, I take 2 minutes and wipe down the bathroom.
Anyway – you get the point, right?
The second tip is – do it now!
A good example was getting gas. It was still 2.74, and I knew I was going to need gas in the next day or so. But no. I put it off. Now I have to get gas, and its 3.07 UGH! No, I didn’t feel like taking the stupid 5 minutes and getting it done. We always pay when we put things off.
Another example is dropping everything inside the door when you get home. It would have only taken a couple of minutes to put the stuff where it goes. Now, following your lead, others have dropped their stuff too. You didn’t feel like it? Yeah, now you feel like it even less, and you can’t yell at them when you did it first.
Oh, and you didn’t take something out for dinner…
Besides, you didn’t feel like cleaning the kitchen last night and there is no clean space to cook anyway…
See how it all spirals?
And 1 more thing helps save me mentally.
I’m serious. That 2 mile walk at night helps so much. I’m not saying you have to do anything that extreme, but do something to get your body moving every day. It really helps relieve stress and clear your head.
That’s how I’m surviving these days.
Do you have any tips for getting back in the groove?