5 Tips to Restore Your Balance when Your World’s Off Kilter

Two days and three nights. That’s all it took for five-year-old Little Man and Teen Girl to hurl my organized world into an alternate universe.

By Monday morning when the alarm blared at 5:30, I was whipped, and I still had one more day and night to go. Usually, I shower and dress, and then leave the bathroom for the big guy while the dog and I head downstairs. The dog doesn’t say much, and hubby knows not to ignite any worthwhile conversations until I’ve consumed one cup of coffee. But the miniature chatterbox? He didn’t get the email.

Just hook me up to a caffeine IV!

I’d lost my equilibrium, my patience, and yes, my sanity. Even the dog scouted out a dark, quiet space, away from flying objects, runaway bikes and thousands of Lego pieces.
He's ignoring me.
 God bless daycares and the kind souls who work in them.

It’s not like we hadn’t kept the grandkiddos for an extended period before, but this time prior commitments kept hubby busy, away from home, and red ink splattered this particular chunk of time across my calendar. Two of my books just released, three more scheduled to release from July through October, and one more in December. Did I mention that the October book, Roping the Cowboy, is my first self-published venture? Neck-deep in edits and cranking up a new business, exhausted was too mild an adjective.

But life doesn’t always cooperate, does it?

Whether you’re a new caregiver or hurled into a temporary situation, here are a few tips to restore your balance:

Pray. Before you crawl out from under the sheets, pray for strength and fortitude. And buckets of patience. 

Don’t slap the snooze. I could’ve slapped the snooze button or shoved hubby out of bed first, but I craved those few minutes alone and the comfort that comes with routine more than sleep.

Exercise. The Mayo Clinic lists seven benefits from exercise, like weight control, improved mood, energy boost, and…improved sleep? Ha! Who needs help improving sleep with a five year old around? But, the energy boost I could use and there’s something about the peace of an early morning walk that calms an anxious spirit. 


Adjust your schedule. How can you maximize your efficiency? Arrange your day/week/month accordingly. My creative muse comes out to play in the mornings, so for me, this meant working primarily on non-creative writerly tasks for a couple days. What could you give up to make the day go more smoothly? Scale back to the bare minimum. Don’t stress yourself by worrying about tasks that aren’t important in the overall picture.

Caffeine. A giant cup in the morning chased by another in the afternoon provided just enough juice to power through without making me jittery.


I’d love to hear your thoughts. What tips would you add?

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

5 Tips to Restore Your Balance when Your World’s Off Kilter

Two days and three nights. That’s all it took for five-year-old Little Man and Teen Girl to hurl my organized world into an alternate universe.

By Monday morning when the alarm blared at 5:30, I was whipped, and I still had one more day and night to go. Usually, I shower and dress, and then leave the bathroom for the big guy while the dog and I head downstairs. The dog doesn’t say much, and hubby knows not to ignite any worthwhile conversations until I’ve consumed one cup of coffee. But the miniature chatterbox? He didn’t get the email.

Just hook me up to a caffeine IV!

I’d lost my equilibrium, my patience, and yes, my sanity. Even the dog scouted out a dark, quiet space, away from flying objects, runaway bikes and thousands of Lego pieces.
He's ignoring me.
 God bless daycares and the kind souls who work in them.

It’s not like we hadn’t kept the grandkiddos for an extended period before, but this time prior commitments kept hubby busy, away from home, and red ink splattered this particular chunk of time across my calendar. Two of my books just released, three more scheduled to release from July through October, and one more in December. Did I mention that the October book, Roping the Cowboy, is my first self-published venture? Neck-deep in edits and cranking up a new business, exhausted was too mild an adjective.

But life doesn’t always cooperate, does it?

Whether you’re a new caregiver or hurled into a temporary situation, here are a few tips to restore your balance:

Pray. Before you crawl out from under the sheets, pray for strength and fortitude. And buckets of patience. 

Don’t slap the snooze. I could’ve slapped the snooze button or shoved hubby out of bed first, but I craved those few minutes alone and the comfort that comes with routine more than sleep.

Exercise. The Mayo Clinic lists seven benefits from exercise, like weight control, improved mood, energy boost, and…improved sleep? Ha! Who needs help improving sleep with a five year old around? But, the energy boost I could use and there’s something about the peace of an early morning walk that calms an anxious spirit. 


Adjust your schedule. How can you maximize your efficiency? Arrange your day/week/month accordingly. My creative muse comes out to play in the mornings, so for me, this meant working primarily on non-creative writerly tasks for a couple days. What could you give up to make the day go more smoothly? Scale back to the bare minimum. Don’t stress yourself by worrying about tasks that aren’t important in the overall picture.

Caffeine. A giant cup in the morning chased by another in the afternoon provided just enough juice to power through without making me jittery.


I’d love to hear your thoughts. What tips would you add?

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12 Comments:

At August 4, 2015 at 9:10 AM , Blogger Sandra Ardoin said...

Coffee ... I could not function without it! (But not in the afternoon.) What an awesome place for your morning exercise. Hope things are more calm! :)

 
At August 4, 2015 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Tanya Hanson said...

Hi Dora, I am so thrilled and impressed with your self-publishing! Hugs and prayers for much success! I had our two grands all weekend. It does take stamina, for sure. God bless you always!! ❌⭕️

 
At August 4, 2015 at 11:51 AM , Blogger chris granville said...

Interesting that you wrote this now Forest Fire Smoke Asthma and many projects.... Your praying is wonderful Doing something for others Everything that wont cause an allergic reaction Extra time to pray too God bless you

 
At August 4, 2015 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Ann Ellison said...

I definitely remember those days and I miss them. My grandchildren are all in their teens and don't spend the time at Nana's house like they used too. There are stages in life and I am enjoying where I am now - less responsibility and less stress.

 
At August 4, 2015 at 12:04 PM , Blogger Myra Johnson said...

Wow, you really have been busy lately! Congrats on all the new releases!

I totally agree about exercise, but I simply don't have the drive to get it all in during one longer session. I've started breaking up my days into approximately half-hour segments. I set a timer, and when it goes off, I get up from the computer and do 5 minutes of treadmill, hand weights, or some other movement to get me active. These mini-breaks help a lot to stave off the brain fog!

 
At August 4, 2015 at 12:14 PM , Blogger Marianne Evans said...

Wonderful and insightful post, Dora! Hugs and blessings, and all the success in the world to you.

 
At August 4, 2015 at 1:13 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Me, either! Definitely more quiet. Can't say it's calm yet. Not with a 10/1 target date. :)

 
At August 4, 2015 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thank you bunches, dear friend. Wouldn't even dream of trying without your helpful suggestions and encouragement! Hugs! xo

 
At August 4, 2015 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

I'm so sorry you're going through all that, Chris. Those forest fires look awful, and I can't imagine how that affects your asthma. Prayers work miracles, don't they? Appreciate your encouragement, dear Chris, as always. :)

 
At August 4, 2015 at 1:26 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Time slips away too fast, doesn't it? We're noticing that with Teen Girl.
I love the season we're in, too. God bless, Ann! You're such an encouragement to me-always! Hugs, my friend!

 
At August 4, 2015 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Hey, Myra! What a great idea! I do tend to get up every 30 minutes or so, but mostly just to hit the restroom or wander into the kitchen for another glass of iced tea or cup of coffee. Your regimen is much better! Gets the blood pumping more often.

Enjoyed the pics of Poppy in her swimming pool! :)

 
At August 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thank you, dear Marianne. Wishing you the same! xo

 

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