The school year is almost over, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I must admit: I’m sick and tired of getting up every morning at 5:40, making breakfast and lunch (if leftovers aren’t an option), driving to work, dealing with hundreds of kids emotional and behavioural issues, only to come home drained with only a few hours to myself before I have to do the whole routine all over again. I’M TIRED! It's always around this time of year that I begin to feel antsy for a vacation—the holidays are far behind us, winter is over, and my Instagram feed is full of travel photos. That’s why I’m so happy this next week Friday, my butt is going to be on a plane to North Carolina to see my boo for TWO WHOLE WEEKS!
This visit is much needed. There’s so much stress with the Elevation Awards tomorrow night, where I’m nominated again for Blog of The Year. My anxiety is through the roof about this. Of course, it’s not about winning, but if I do…*cue the confetti*
I knew I needed a break when I started forgetting things. My boyfriend would tell me something and I couldn’t remember it. I was forgetting students names. I was forgetting to do things and to communicate things to people until the last minute and that’s not like me at all. I had to start making to-do lists at work, but I don’t always remember to do that.
It became abundantly clear one Friday night when I was supposed to go to a powder fete. I paid for the ticket, but an hour before I was supposed to get dressed, I completely fell apart. I started crying and just shut down. I couldn’t even get my words out. I was lucky my friends understood, but I felt so disappointed in myself for not being able to relax and go out.
But I was able to make up for it by spending time with a friend, working out twice a week, going out for sushi, doing a vision board workshop and a wood design workshop in the same weekend, having spontaneous photoshoots and trying new recipes. It’s amazing how introducing a new dish can completely uplift my mood and give me something to look forward to.
On top of everything, my family has recently experienced some hardships that I’m still struggling to understand so taking a step back from my other responsibilities to focus on my family and loved ones. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to slack off on my job, or put in less energy. It just means that I plan on using my break from school to take a total mental detox. I’m embracing this short break in my routine until summer break so that I can get my mind right, get recentered and refuel my energy.
If you’re feeling this way, making some key routine changes could offer the variety you didn’t even know you were looking for in your life. Here are 3 ways you can take a break from your routine.
Focus on One Goal Each Month
Developing a new habit and embracing it as a part of your everyday life can help you escape any rut you may be in. You should know there are no rules saying you can’t work on more than one goal at a time. The idea is to not commit to more than what is realistic for you. Feel free to change it up and add in more positive changes as you see fit. Just don’t overdo it – that would undermine the mental wellness and well-being that we’re trying to achieve.
Set Fitness Goals
Everyone knows that exercise is good for your health. Most of us have attempted to improve our exercise habits. Some are admittedly more successful than others. So take this opportunity to actually do it. Incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine and see what it does to your body, your attitude, and your general outlook on life. I won’t say that I instantly felt better after working out, but I did start to look forward to it, and that energy made me get back into the kitchen and try new recipes.
Eat Something Different
Do you eat the same thing every day/week? STOP IT! If you’re tired of eating chicken, then try pork chops, or turkey or lamp or even vegetarian. Just. Try. Something. Different! There are so many options. If you’re ever stuck on choices, check out my Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus. And you can even look at my dessert board for something sweet. Maybe you’re tired of cooking. Consult your budget and see which new restaurants you can try. Start with simply going out for lunch during the week, or maybe a weekend dinner date to that sushi/Indian/Mexican joint you’ve been dying to try.