After the release of my latest book… I crashed. I realised I’d been so focused on everything I needed to do, reading and re-reading the manuscript as I edited, that once it was all over, my body felt free to relax. I felt like I could sleep for a week; I wasn’t motivated to do anything and I felt burnt out.
It wasn’t that I was particularly stressed before the book was released; burning the midnight oil or anything like that, but it must be a natural response to a time of intense concentration. I’m sure students feel the same after exams are over, or a project manager after they’ve completed a big project.
In the past I might have eaten my favourite sugar-chocolate-icecream treats to feel more normal, but I don’t do that anymore. I recognised the strange feeling for what it was and was gentle with myself.
I still had quite a few tasks to complete, so I wrote them all down and ticked off one by one over the following days. I had normal bedtimes but it might have been better to go to bed earlier than usual. I did relax one evening with a few episodes of The Hills on dvd, that was fun.
But apart from that, I focused on my femininity. I recognised that the flattened feeling I was experiencing was from being in my masculine for several weeks as I concentrated on completing my book. Before that I had a nice blend of feminine (being) and masculine (doing), but at some stage I just had to put my foot on the accelerator otherwise the book still might not be out!
But now, I am welcoming the feminine back in with:
Reading books on my Kindle – I am currently reading The Riviera Express as recommended by the lovely Margaret in Devon, England (do check out her blog, it’s delightful).
(just an aside: my husband thought it was so funny that I would be at my computer reading my manuscript back and forth all day, then come out into the living room to relax with a drink in the late afternoon and… read a book on my Kindle – like a busman’s holiday!)
Focusing on my grooming – blow-drying my hair, using lots of lovely scented moisturiser, putting on perfume, painting my toenails.
Boudoir time – which I have mentioned a million times before but when I get busy it is forgotten. Here is a post detailing my beloved boudoir time, and another here.
Spending time with my husband – of course, writing my book is a good thing, but I do feel like a neglectful wife when I am glued to the computer. We went out for lunch or coffee together, a few times in a week. Plus a movie at the theatre – we saw T2 Trainspotting which I didn’t think I would enjoy as much as I did. It was certainly a cinematic experience!
Enjoying my wardrobe – playing around with my outfits, wearing my pretty things and accessorising more with necklaces and makeup colours – which are still very neutral :)
I know it won’t be long before I am my old self again, and one day in the future I might even not upset my equilibrium so much when completing new projects. I think that’s a good goal to have: achieve what I want to achieve without knocking myself out of kilter along the way.
Something I am very proud of though, is that I did not self-medicate or boost my energy with food. Yay for that! I’m so happy that all my mindset work is paying off and I am proving to myself that I really can change.
Do you do this too? Get yourself out of balance doing too much at once? Please tell me it’s not just me. I’d love to hear strategies that have worked for you as well. Thank you in advance for all the wonderful ideas you have to share!
PS. If you haven’t seen my latest book ‘Thirty Slim Days’, you can read a sample at Amazon (click ‘Look Inside’). I’m keen to hear your thoughts.