Autumn is usually a time when we all try to turn over a new leaf, so to speak, and do too much. As the leaves fall, we see the new season as an opportunity to get back to an ideal routine, get things in order and take on new challenges. But have you ever felt like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew? If so, you’re not alone.
At the beginning of every season, there are always tons of new activities and opportunities that hold the potential to enrich our lives. We see ads for new fitness classes; special interest groups; book clubs; committees…the list goes on and on. And if you’re a parent, this list multiplies with every child you have. These activities are all wonderful in theory, and some of them may be just what your life needs at the moment. But sometimes we take on too much and these opportunities can end up leaving us feeling over-stretched. Unfortunately, we’re just not superheroes with a limitless bandwidth of energy. And there is no reason to feel guilty for that.
It is important when deciding on what to add to our already busy lives, that we take a reflective moment to consider a few key qualifiers:
1. Do I have the time and energy to maintain this commitment?
It’s easy to get excited about something on September 1st, but by October are you going to feel drained and wishing you hadn’t taken something new on in the first place?
2. Am I doing this for someone else or for myself?
Of course it is nice to be able to contribute to other’s lives, but if it ends up taking away too much from our crucial self-care time, consider offering yourself on an as-needed basis if applicable. Conversely, if it is something you feel your life is currently missing, then go for it!
3. Is this aligned with an immediate need or goal and how much will this add to my life?
There is something positive to be taken from almost every opportunity you could be presented with. However, figuring out what will have the best long-term impact on you or your community can help you decide what to say yes to, and what to say “maybe next time” to.
When we’re focused on constantly growing and living our fullest life, it’s not easy to find balance. It may help to actually schedule times for restoration and self-care. Try a reflexology foot massage or a Raindrop aromatherapy massage to treat your mind, body, and spirit!