Regroup

Written by Stacy. Posted in Blog.

I'm inspired often by small clips and messages from other dietitians. One dietitian sent an email stating she has been struggling with staying organized and focused due to a recent move, business trips, etc. I feel like most of us can probably relate to this feeling of not being organized and focused and the unpleasant feeling of not being in control due to the nature of our fast paced culture. She posed the question, "What do you do when you feel like you are losing control?"
 
I am the type of person that gets overwhelmed easily and can feel unorganized, unmotivated, and defeated in a matter of a minute.  I continue down the path of "flying by the seat of my pants" even though I know this does not end well for me . It's too chaotic for my liking. But recently, I vowed to myself that I wanted to plan meals and have a cleaning schedule because I know when when I have food for my family and my house is picked up it helps me stay organized, focused and inspired. So after a non-productive weekend due to unforseen circumstances of my daughter not feeling well and prefering to be held I felt like my train had derailed and I was back to my old habits of not being prepared, feeling defeated and unmotivated because I had not looked at planned meals for the upcoming week and my house was becoming a disaster area. What did I do to regroup? I started with cleaning the kitchen. Sounds so silly but I took one small step to feeling better and for me that was getting my kitchen back in order. My dishwasher needed unloaded and reloaded and my counters needed wiped down. SIMPLE fix for me. By doing this task, that should be done regularly but had been neglected for a day and a half I instantly felt better. I then felt that I could continue with my orginal goals of having food on the table and a clean house. So I threw a freezer meal, that had been prepared a month ago, in the refrigerator to thaw and got my crockpot ready by putting it on my counter and a crockpot liner in it so the ingredients could be added very quick the next morning. I quickly picked up the remaining clutter throughout the house and felt like my train had been put back on track.
 
So when you feel like you are losing control and aren't organized or focused on your goals take a minute to regroup. The way you regroup may be totally different then how I approached the situtation. Do whatever works for you but just start somewhere.
What do you do when you feel like you are losing control?