A Balancing Act: Relaxing + Staying On The Grind
Now that summer + the #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP are in full swing, you’ve probably settled into your daily routine. Whether you’re interning//working full time or taking summer classes, hopefully you’ve found a way to balance time with friends//family + fitting in a #sweatsesh, + making time for your yourself. It’s a lot, isn’t it? We constantly struggle with knowing how much we should relax + how much we should be working. If you’re like us, you know it can be exhausting + overwhelming.
Well — ENOUGH of that! We’ve discovered the secret to finding the balance between relaxing + staying on your grind during this summer: Know the difference between your weekdays + weekends. The weekday is for getting work DONE. Own your internship//job for eight hours every day, come home + kill that #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP workout, + treat yo’self to that delicious meal you prepped. The weekend is for relaxing — spend time preppin’ for the week, but also take time to take care of YOU.
Know how + when to say no, + know your limits. Figure out what absolutely needs to be done [work projects, chores, etc.] so you don’t waste your time on things that are can be saved for later. To help you think about prioritizing differently, try making your STOP-DOING list to cut out the unnecessary things. Remember that you can’t do it ALL during the week, no matter how much you want to [trust me, I know!]. You will overwork your body — you will not be feeling your healthiest OR happiest. That’s what this summer [+ BEYOND] is supposed to be all about, remember?!
#2] TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME
Don’t overwhelm yourself. Take a deep breath + look at each day separately when you’re thinking about what you need to do. Breaking it down day-by-day will not only help you focus, but it will also help de-stress you!
#3] BE OKAY WITH IMPERFECTION
Your schedule doesn’t need to be 100% regimented 100% of the time. You might skip the sweat sesh you were going to do after work because you stayed late to help out your co-worker with a project. Things didn’t go quite as you planned, but you got something else out of it — you may have missed your workout due to an unexpected circumstance, BUT you got to build that relationship with your co-worker. Accepting that your routine won’t always go as planned will help you feel less stressed those circumstances arise.
#4] CATCH SOME ZZZ’S
Don’t overlook your need for sleep just because you are getting work done. You don’t need to be in a constant state of tiredness every day at work – it’s not healthy for you, + it’s not good for anyone who has to work with you, either! But if you’re cramming in your favorite Netflix shows every weeknight + losing sleep, then save it + take advantage of your weekends!
Pick a Saturday or Sunday + disconnect from social media for the entire day. You’ll feel refreshed + ironically, more connected to the world ++ the people in it. Leave your phone at home when you go for a run, don’t look at your emails, + allow yourself to #reCHAARG by focusing on your immediate surroundings.
#2] PURSUE YOUR PASSIONS
Spend your weekends indulging in your favorite hobbies that you don’t get a chance to do during the week! You need to make time for the things you love — maybe it’s indulging in that book that has been sitting on your nightstand for the past month. Whatever your hobby, make it a priority to do what you love during this free time. You’ll feel happier + more fulfilled — which will leave you feeling much more motivated to jump back into the week + give it your all!
You need rest. More often than not, people don’t get enough sleep during the week, so take this time to really relax + unwind. You don’t need to sleep for 12 hours straight, but let yourself go to bed without setting an alarm once in a while! You earned it. On the other the hand, make sure you aren’t staying up super late either. That extra episode on Netflix isn’t worth losing sleep + starting out your Monday morning feelin’ tired.
It’s a tough balancing act – any CHAARG girl knows this all too well . But we KNOW you all can find that balance with a little work + a lot of support from your CHAARG community! ; )
Have any great tips for staying balanced? Share with us on Intsa or comment below!
+ Christina [@christi_inchaarg], OSU CHAARG