Quick Tips, Time Management

Serenity Tip: Allow Time for Transitions

I’m back from a (mostly) lovely 16-day trip to England… although the less said about British Airways messing me around, the better…

There’s an 8-hour time difference and, like many people, jet lag is always worse for me when travelling east. So I arrived home in California (having journeyed west) feeling confident that I’d slip back into a productive routine fairly easily.

Wrong. Although I don’t have classic jet lag, I’ve been crushingly tired since landing on Monday afternoon. My post-trip chores are mostly done, but my other projects are still sitting exactly where I left them. (Sorry, if you’re waiting to hear back from me!)

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In the old days, I would have punished myself harshly for this apparently “lost” time. But now I see that, if my body and brain need a chance to ease back into things, then I’m going to let them do just that. I see now that transition time is vital to wellbeing and to prevent mental overwhelm.

You might need to allow transition time:

  • Before taking a trip;
  • Coming back from a holiday/vacation;
  • When making a major lifestyle change (like I did, here);
  • Arriving home after your workday;
  • When switching roles from mother to wife, or sister to aunt, or worker to volunteer.

What other transitions do  you experience, regularly or occasionally, in your life? How do you best deal with them?

Photo thanks: Jian Xhin

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  1. Reply
    Julie Valerie
    June 16, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Oh, boy! Do I understand what you’re talking about! Lately, I’ve been CRAVING afternoon naps. Nothing too major – just a quick 15 minutes to close my eyes to rest and recharge. The feeling often comes during the transition from late afternoon into early evening. I often lie down, put on headsets, and listen to a quick chakra-balancing mediation. Always makes me feel better. I’ve decided to not fight it anymore – if I’m tired, I rest.

    Works like magic.

    1. Reply
      June 17, 2018 at 11:32 am

      I’m a huge fan of short meditations, too. Although I’ve noticed if my body really wants a nap, the soothing sounds in my ears are guaranteed to make me nod off! Hence I need to be a bit careful about lying down…

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