Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Starting Over (Again)

I feel like I've landed on a whole other planet. Everything here in Charleston is different—the weather, the people, the food, the traffic, the grocery stores! Even though I put my dishes away a month ago, I still find myself scrambling to find things. But most of all, my schedule is different. I'm working from home now, so I'm struggling to find a separation between my work life and my home life. The last few days, I've woken up up, started work, and didn't really stop checking my emails until I went to bed. But I've made time for my normal activities like yoga, lunch breaks, and taking Penny for long walks, right? Nope.

Everything is different, so the cues that used to remind me to take care of myself just aren't there any more. And it's SO hot and buggy outside during the time I used to walk two miles every day I just can't bring myself to do it!

I have to build a structure—a routine that will help me get back on track. My first attempt will be a trip to a yoga studio tonight. The mindfulness I cultivate there will (I hope) help me to create more balance. Less worry, less work, less stress, less anxiety, and more calm. I really need more calm right now. I also need to build boundaries, and set aside a time and a place in my home for work so the rest of my apartment will be for living. One little change at a time, and I'm sure I'll be back to myself before I know it.

What do you do to get back on track when you've fallen out of your routine?