How to Beat Survival Mode

Motivation doesn’t last, but habits do.  During a time I was stressed, frustrated, UNMOTIVATED and overwhelmed I still found myself able to successfully navigate the chaos, thanks to the habits I’ve slowly built over the last year.  I was able to not beat myself up, I didn’t say screw it all, and when it was over I looked back and was proud I effortlessly maintained 4 habits.  It was proof that habits work and motivation doesn’t.

Here are my top tips to not lose your head when the world is spinning:

  1. Delegate and ask for help.  Clearly communicate the expectations of your family and spouse.  Everyone is capable of cleaning up their own messes and contributing.  If you have a support network outside of your home, ask for help.
  2. SAY NO and PRIORITIZE.  Don’t take on extra things that aren’t directly tied to your current goal if it is going to add extra stress.  Keep your life as simple as possible and be a little selfish.
  3. Guard your energy.  Jennifer Campbell, one of the Balance365 founders said this to me once.  Since then I repeat this to myself if I get caught up in crap that doesn’t matter and am able to *generally* refocus my energy back to the task at hand.
  4. Choose some convenient ways to stock your fridge and serve meals.  These are some of my buy and go convenience foods: Veggie tray, single packs of hummus, guacamole, chips, rotisserie chicken, steam-in-a-bag veggies, fruit trays, sandwiches, wraps, string cheese, crackers, yogurt, pouch tuna.  Use a Crockpot, InstantPot or meal delivery service if it fits in your life.  Don’t be afraid to have some frozen pizza or mac n cheese on hand, or *GASP* hit the drive through if needed. Use disposable/recyclable dinnerware to free up time spent doing dishes.
  5. If you’re having trouble fitting in fitness, add NEAT into your day as you can.  Park further away, take the stairs, squat during other tasks, stretch.
  6. Stop get sucked into Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other people’s drama.  Delete apps if needed and don’t be afraid to utilize the “do not disturb” function.
  7. Keep your expectations low!  Remind yourself this is just a season, and this too shall pass.  In Balance365 we say “all or something” rather than “all or nothing”.  You can learn more about Balance365 below!

HHHM

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