Curating your calendar
The world is spinning quicker, and the commitments and invites are flooding in. From gigs to weddings, days out to nights in, there are more social events and work functions, which means that our calendars are slowly but surely filling up.
If burnout is beckoning and you’re feeling overwhelmed, know that it is totally normal, and after a period of such quiet, it is going to feel like a lot as we head back towards normal. So how do you curate your calendar? We have some tips to help you on your way…
Set aside time for yourself
Time for yourself should be the first thing on your list when in reality, it is often the thing that drops off first. Make sure you are booked into your favourite classes and sessions, we have a whole range at our wellness centre in Staffordshire, or you have a firm plan for your week of how you are going to take care of you and put yourself first.
Know that you can say no
Just because you have been invited to something, doesn’t mean you have to say yes. In fact, you can say no to most things, and it really doesn’t matter. You don’t have to justify yourself to anyone, and it is important to protect your own energy first before you start giving it out to other people.
Think about the things you love doing
When you get invited to something, think if you are going to truly love it. We know that some of the best moments are the unplanned and the spontaneous, but as for the ones you are planning in advance, really think about if they are going to serve you and light you up. It isn’t selfish to do the things that you enjoy, and you should be able to plan for social and work life accordingly.
Know that it is okay to feel cautious
Just because the world is opening up again doesn’t mean that you have to agree to every event and experience. It is more than okay to feel cautious, and it is normal to take things slowly. There is no right or wrong way to approach this, and those around you should honour and appreciate how you feel about things.
When it comes to work…
We know that some things are non-negotiable when it comes to work-life but as for socialising outside of work, try not to get railroaded into it, although we know how easy that can be as well! Think about whether you could go for one drink instead of the whole evening, or if you have to attend every single Friday social. It is your time, so spend it wisely and make sure you are enjoying yourself in the process.
Curating your calendar isn’t as easy as it sounds, so don’t beat yourself up if you end up going to things you’re not a fan of, or you might end up losing out on that yoga class you really wanted to attend one week. Don’t be hard on yourself and know that this is a process, and the simple act of saying no can take time to build up to! Follow our blog for more self-care tips, and if you are struggling with that work-life balance, you can check out our article on that here.