October, November, December. The three months of the year that seem to take over my entire life and derail me from every routine and good habit I worked the whole beginning of the year to create. It’s almost like the minute the Halloween candy hits the stores in early October my internal clock goes, “Time to go crazy!” And that’s exactly what I do. I eat whatever I want, I drink whatever I want, I overbook myself, and completely run myself to empty. By the time January hits, I’m a more frazzled, plumper version of myself who needs nothing more than to get back on track.
Getting back on track is easier said than done though. Or at least it is for me. I don’t surrender easily. I go kicking and screaming and put up quite the fight. I’m actually eating marshmallows right out of the bag as I’m writing this and honestly not feeling bad about it at all. I’m a work in progress, what can I tell ya!
I’m being extremely transparent right now. Why? Because I want you to know that I get it. I understand your struggles because I have them too. I’m not perfect, and sorry for the tough love here, but neither are you.
We are humans. We slip up. We make mistakes. We fall down.
The good thing about being down though is that the only place to go from there is up. Am I right?
When I have broken pieces, what do I do to pick them back up?
For starters, I go to my happy place. My happy place is the lake. The tranquility I feel just by looking at the water is overwhelming.
I know it’s been in my backyard this whole time, but today I walked outside and actually took in the lake for the first time in what seemed like a century. You know what I realized? I missed it so much. It refueled me. It recharged my batteries. It reminded me that it’s important to soak in my surroundings and take things down a notch every once in a while.
What else do I do to build myself back up when I’m down? I force myself to look at the positives and not dwell on the negatives. Sure I’m eating marshmallows by the handful, but I did drink a protein shake in place of one of my meals today. My hardwood floors are in desperate need of a good sweeping and mopping, but I did take down ALL my holiday decorations on Monday. Think happy thoughts and don’t beat yourself up too much.
With a clear mind, and an emphasis on all my positives, I start thinking about ways to make things better in my everyday life. I set goals and I push myself to accomplish them. I write them down and do a little happy dance every time I scratch through one I’ve accomplished on my list.
Most importantly, I don’t give up. I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to not be perfect. I allow myself to be human.
When I’m successful, I celebrate it! I pat myself on the back. I reward myself for a job well done. I remember to be my own cheerleader.
Getting back on track isn’t easy. It takes a ton of hard work, focus, and a drive to want to succeed. Is it obtainable? Of course it is!
Find your happy place. Focus on all the positives in your life. Create goals and start working towards them. We can do it. I know we can!
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