Stylist Elysha Lenkin shares her tips on how to find grace in the grind.
I’ve never been great at relinquishing the easy breezy attitude of the weekend. Starting with #FriYay to #SundayFunday, it’s all about freedom and relaxation. LOVE!
Then Monday arrives. And with it comes earlier mornings, tighter schedules, and an overall sense of structure. Last week, in particular, had a rough start. Completely unprepared, I went straight into the rush hour traffic to reach my 9am call. It was ugly. Stressful. I was resentful. The next day, however, was better. I had found time to meditate before heading out which put me in a much better place for the rush hour commute. My energy was lifted. I was refreshed and ready to resume the schedule.
I know I’m not alone in the awkwardness that comes from moving through transitions so I pulled together these tips that helped me find my way.
Here’s how to get back to the grind with more grace and ease:
Give Yourself Plenty Of Time
The only thing worse than having to do something you don’t want to do is to be late trying to do it. One trick I use is to tell myself that I must arrive 20 minutes early. This puts me ahead of schedule enabling me to relax a little. Also waking up at least 20 minutes before your alarm in the morning is helpful. And go to sleep earlier at night. Sleep is your friend.
Find Some Fun In The Routine
Again, it’s about trying to keep a relaxed attitude. On the morning commute I listen to music. I discovered this radio show that plays old school hip-hop (Biggie Smalls!) that I got really into. Not only does this distract from the traffic, it’s actually fun head bobbing on the way. I realize there is little time in the morning before work, but can you find an opportunity to lighten up? Perhaps while on the commute? Or during breakfast? Any moments you can fill with fun or laughter will go a long way.
Keep Your Fitness In The Mix
Although the schedule has cranked up to a level 10, now is not the time to stop your exercise and / or yoga routine! You need to be on top of your game by staying active and energized. Use your workout to invigorate the rest of your life so you feel healthy and ready for whatever shows up.
How do you maintain grace and ease during the transition into a new cycle of life?