A few years ago, I was in a big funk.
I was stressed, burned-out, frustrated and exhausted.
Life was overwhelming, and I knew that if something did not shift, I was headed for a crash.
Recognizing these to all be various forms of feedback, also called symptoms, as my warning sign, I went to go visit my chiropractic friend for some advice.
After several minutes of examining me and asking me some quality questions, he knew what was up...
You need to start having more fun.
When he said that, I remember tearing up at this idea because I felt he had hit the nail right on the head.
I had been so focused on every other area of my life, my business, my finances, my relationship, that I forgot about myself and what I needed to feel balanced and whole.
As I reflected, it was clear that I was definitely not having fun in life.
The balance between working, resting and playing was way off, and my physiology was giving me massive feedback. It was apparent that I had neglected to give myself the time and space I deserved, to really enjoy my life during this time of high stress.
It was time to take action!
I sat down and made a list of all of the activities that I considered “fun:”
Activities that energized me, that brought me joy.
I reminded myself of how much I loved to be in nature, to hike, travel and explore.
To connect to friends.
To dance, kayak, bike, watch movies, listen to live music, etc…
When I was finished, I had compiled a list of about 50 things.
Next, I made a point to pick one or two things from my list and add to my daily life.
I allowed myself the freedom to pick and choose depending on how I felt that day.
Just like that, life shifted.
In a short time, my energy returned and my physiology re-balanced.
I started to feel like myself again. I actually had more mentally clarity to handle the day-to-day stresses of my working life at that time. The perceived big challenges started to feel less overwhelming and therefore, became much easier to manage.
I have shared this exercise with several of my personal clients and have seen similar results for their lives.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, burnout, frustrated and/or fatigued, stop and take a scan of your life.
Ask some quality questions!
Are you having “fun”?
Are you remembering to put yourself first?
Are you allowing yourself the space to enjoy life by doing more of the things that bring you joy?
It can be easy to get caught up in your busy life and forget about the importance of filling your own cup.
Never underestimate the power of having fun in your life.
If you're finding you are more overwhelmed by change & challenge, I am hosting a free livestream 14 October 2021 - an approach to riding waves of change & challenge like a boss. It may be worth popping in to see if you can upgrade your strategy and tools for a life well worth living.
With much love, much gratitude