Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Factory Resetting Your Life

Do you know those weeks when you're just feeling overwhelmed?

You don't seem to be eating right, you're stressed (and getting a pimple!), you feel bloated and gross, you just aren't sleeping and nothing seems to cheer you up?

Don't you wish that you had a factory reset setting so that you could just clear your slate and get back to normal?

Well, lately I've been feeling a little bit of that. 

Overwhelmed with stuff, underwhelmed with my attitude... wondering if I'll ever just be... whelmed.

So, at the beginning of August I decided to take 5 steps to push the reset button and get myself back in the groove, because we are the MOST successful when we are centered and feeling fine. 

Resetting yourself is a lot like getting over jet lag... it just takes time. But if you give yourself the opportunity to go through these steps once or twice a year, you'll find yourself feeling like the best version of yourself.

Step 1: Food

We are what we eat! 

Your first step to factory reset is to eat healthy food for two weeks. Go out for one last binge fest on Chicken McNuggets and Pizza; then hit the grocery store and stock up on veggies.

Cut out heavy fats, pull back on the booze, eat more leafy greens, cook something new and healthy you've never tried before.

After two weeks you'll find you have more energy, get less hungry during the day, have a better attitude and probably have other great perks like a flatter tummy and clearer skin!

A big part of my reset was trying to figure out which foods were causing my gut inflammation (gross I know) so on top of the above I'm also on a gluten cleanse. If you're worried you may have allergy issues, removing the potential problem from your diet for a few weeks could be all it takes to be feeling completely refreshed.

Step 2: Exercise

You had to know that this one was coming!

I'm a big believer in a good workout and keeping fit. But during factory reset mode the name of the game is CONSISTENCY!

Don't go to the gym to exhaust yourself, don't worry too much about lifting heavier weights each time you go. Just try to go 3 times a week for 45 minutes and do some stretching and cardio. THAT'S IT.

Which of course means that if you don't have a gym membership, you can just get outside!

The muscle mass building can come later, right now you're just trying to sweat out some bad, and enjoy the endorphin high! But you better be sweating.

Step 3: Sleep

The first three items in this list are really the trifecta of health.

When you're in factory reset mode, sleep is very important. So many health and emotional issues are connected to lack of sleep.

Try to get to bed every night at the same time, and wake up at the same time each morning after a full 8 hours; actually, I recommend trying to go to bed and wake up earlier rather than later. On weekends: sleep in! Even if you just take an extra hour in bed to read it will be so beneficial to your attitude.

Of course, that's not the only thing. Two words: Clean Sheets! During your reset, do a little bit of extra laundry and change your sheets every 3-4 days. There's nothing more satisfying than climbing into bed with a clean sheet set, and you'll sleep like a swaddled newborn.

Another option (and one I indulged in) is going out to buy new pillows. If you can't remember the last time you bought a new sleep pillow for your bed, go buy one while your in reset mode. It's amazing what this simple change can do for your sleep and your health.

Step 4: Take a Break!

For me, taking a break meant two things: taking a Blogging hiatus, and saying no to friends.

Don't be afraid to put down your side hustle for a couple days, let your Instagram go more than 24 hours without an update, don't feel bad about telling your friends you just want to stay in tonight so you can have a bath and do a face mask, or sit with a cup of tea and your book.

Taking time for you to just do nothing is vital. We're all trying to be so many things all the time and it's not healthy. By pulling back on whatever you can for a short time, you allow yourself to prioritize your health. That's worth a little bit of FOMO.

Step 5: Spend time with Family

I know that when I really need to recenter, my family are the people who help me figure it out. 

Family means many different things to people, it could be your parents, siblings, husband, wife, kids, significant other, best friend... the people who you can be yourself around without apology, who don't care if you're being a little bit mopey because you're not feeling great.

The people who can get you laughing!

me with baby brother!

See a movie with your mom, have lunch with your sibs, spend the weekend just relaxing together and getting back to your roots.

Nothing says factory reset like home.

How do you reset when you've spent too long burning the candle at both ends? I'd love to know in the comments down below!