When things get crunchy

Things have been a bit…crunchy lately. Amiright?!

I don’t know what celestial/cosmic/ethereal event was happening last week, but everyone I talked to was having a doozy of a week. If you were, too, know that you were most definitely not alone!

So, what’s a human to do when things get crunchy…but there’s still a job to do, and a partner to care for, and a home to clean, and, and, and?

Notice what you DON’T want to do.
Do you detest laundry or does something simple actually calm you down?
Are you so sick of cooking that you could never cook again and be perfectly fine or does cooking allow you to use the creative side of your brain?
Are you ready to freak out at the person you live with or have they been a voice of reason?

What is it that you really, really, really don’t want to do? Can you allow yourself to not do it?

Can the laundry sit for another day so that you can read a book before bed?
Can you get takeout or delivery so that you can maybe find time to relax before dinner?
Can you get some time alone so that you can take some deep breaths and reconnect with yourself?

Start by noticing the crunchy feeling. When you can tell that your mood is bad and your body is tense and you’re feeling really out of sorts, resist the urge to stay in overdrive. Resist the programming that says you have to do all-the-things all-of-the-time. Resist the urge to do just one more thing. Notice the crunchy feeling. Find something you really DO NOT want to do…and then give yourself permission to not do it.

Wanna make this a long-term shift? Notice the things that you consistently don’t want to do. Whether that’s at home, in your business, at work or in relationships. What are those things? You may not be able to stop doing all of them; but let them be an opportunity to start planning differently. If you hate, hate, hate cooking dinner every ever-loving night, can some of the grocery budget be used for a meal delivery service? If spreadsheets are the bane of your existence at work, can a colleague take on some of that load while you take on something from them? If there’s an optional activity that you consistently don’t want to do, can you quit that activity?

Noticing these things can be easiest when that crunchy feeling shows up…and it can provide some interesting data about some longer-term shifts that might bring a whole lot more joy to your world.

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