It happens to all of us, that feeling that creeps in…you just feel “off”, maybe overwhelm sneaks up on you. You may hit a wall of sorts with a big project failing, or tech stuff not going your way…there’s a lot of things that can bring that “off’ feeling, or things that can throw you a little off your path or track (or maybe a LOT!)
Here’s why that’s a good thing!
When you lose your balance you can look at it as a way to get back into it only deeper this time, if you so choose. – Sadie Lincoln
I love this quote from Sadie Lincoln of Barre3 (paraphrased from one of the many online workouts I’ve taken from her!) It’s so true though!
When we feel off, it’s the best learning opportunity we can get sometimes! Failure isn’t actually failing unless you don’t learn from it! In Barre3, sometimes I purposefully get out of a move and then get back into it after a second because I know it can and will help me get deeper into the movement and get better results!!
It’s kinda the same deal with rest & taking time off of course.
But here’s the whole point – don’t let overwhelm, or feeling “off” weigh you down. Take a second, grab a journal, go for a walk or your best friend and dig deeper into it so you can get back out there and do even better the next time! Trust me love, this really, truly works. Even finding some small tweaks to make, such as taking a nap, cleaning off your desk, trying a new organizing tool to gain clarity, etc…it can add up to huge shifts in just a few days!
True story: I felt “off” for a few weeks near the beginning of the year. I finally stopped letting it get me down and just asked myself what it could be. I found it was a combination of things, which were pretty small & simple, but majorly effective tweaks!
One major thing was sleep! Still not perfect at this, but I got better at taking some supplements that majorly improve my sleep duration and quality.
Part two of this was getting myself on a much better schedule work, sleep and quality time with E, wise. This made me so much more focused while I was working and really enabled me to plan better for work projects, and actually get them done with time to spare and not always feel so behind!
The final tweak I’ve really been working on is using a Pomodoro timer, or really any app or even a regular kitchen timer that gives me either 25 mins to work as a ‘sprint’ and then 5 minute breaks, a la the traditional Pomodoro. But I’ve also been slowly experimenting with the 50/10 time as well.
Try it love! Or dig deep to find 1 or 2 small tweaks you can do to not only get back on track, but also improve things!