how to regroup and refocus
If I’m being honest, 2018 has been off to a crazy start for me. Since Jan 1 we have either been traveling or hosting my family 99% of the time. Don’t get me wrong – I’m definitely not complaining. Our trips have been with friends or family and I’ve loved having / hosting my family here in Boulder! But, I’ve definitely not been in my routine, and because of that…trying to stay on top of work and workouts and spending time in the Word and going to church has been tough. [Y’all may or may not have noticed I’ve been on IG stories alot less recently because I’ve been on my phone less overall!]
When I have had those few moments of actually being home, alone, it’s been crucial that I do what I need to do to regroup. I think this looks different for everyone, but today I want to share a few tips on how to regroup and refocus (or at least what helps me do those things, when I’m just feeling ‘off’!).
For me, personally, in order to regroup and refocus – I need time alone. I’m definitely an introvert, so this tip might not be true for everyone. But when I’m feeling stressed or tired or burnt out or not myself…it helps me tremendously to just carve out at least an hour to spend by myself. I love either waking up super early to have a quiet house and a phone that’s not buzzing…or going to one of my favorite coffee shops to just have some space. What I do in this space can vary, but the first step in my “regrouping” is to definitely create space for alone time. Something else that helps me to refocus (especially if I’m feeling “off” / not myself), is prayer. As simple or cliche as that might sound…whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, prayer is what grounds me and brings peace back to my crazy brain. I love journaling my prayers – even if they are short. It feels like I’m pouring my heart out to God, and I know He hears and He speaks. I’ll carve out time for this in my “alone time” either early in the morning or at a coffee shop!
Something else that helps me regroup during these “alone times” is a to-do list. Again, so simple, but helps my crazy brain SO much. I’ll sit down and literally dump everything going on in my brain onto paper, so that I can see exactly how much I have to do. After I brain dump my to do list, I’ll break it into two categories: “work / life”. And then I will give those things realistic deadlines (or, if they are work-related, I will write any brand-designated deadlines next to the task). Then, with the rest of my alone time, I’ll start cranking out work! Michael goes to class two nights a week and I’ve honestly grown to love these nights alone because I get so much work done, and it really does help me regroup. (There are also nights where I’ll go out with friends but when it’s been such a crazy month or two, I love having alone time to just get stuff done!).Another thing that helps me to regroup is just doing something that I love. I feel so much better (clear-minded) after a good run outside, or a long phone call with my mom. If you’re feeling stressed or off or overwhelmed…find what it is that makes you feel like the most you, and do that. Maybe it’s going for a run, or taking a long bubble bath, or cooking an extravagant meal. Find your thing, and create space to do it.
My last tip in how to regroup is pretty simple: never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. There are days where I am SO emotional and feel like I’m at the end of my rope and I’m worried about every little thing…and sometimes, when I pray about it, I feel like the Lord is telling me to not make any decisions or judgment until I’ve slept. I’ll get a good night’s rest, and the next morning feel completely different. Prioritize sleep. It’s more important than your to-do list. Sleep is so crucial for our emotional, spiritual, and physical health!
On another note – Happy Valentine’s Day friends! I hope this post encourages you to show yourself some extra love today. Do what you need to do to regroup or refocus, or just rest and recharge!
What do y’all do to regroup when you’re feeling off or overwhelmed? Share in the comments below! Thanks for reading!