HELLLLO GET IT RIGHT COMMUNITY!
My name is Raia, but most people know me as Coach Carey. I'm a 3X certified life coach and motivational speaker. Today, I wanted to open up a little. I wanted to share how creating a routine during the pandemic saved me from burnout.
Here’s the thing: just because someone is a life coach, doesn’t mean they have a pristine life. We, like everyone else, are human — we are vulnerable, we laugh, we cry— we have good mental health days, and sometimes, bad ones.
Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to be relatively safe. My family, friends, and loved ones were healthy. But we were also apart. Businesses were shut down, I watched so many around me have a new financial burden, risk losing their livelihood, and deal with much uncertainty.
For me, it was a little bit different. I had just taken on a new, exciting role at Sick Kids Foundation & my business was expanding — I’d been working with incredible corporate clients & booking lots of virtual speaking engagements -I felt so grateful.
Others weren’t as lucky as I was— their businesses were shut down, livelihoods at risk, and none of it was their fault. I thought to myself, I can work.
And, I should work, after all, I’m extremely privileged to be in this position.
At my best, I found myself:
- filled with immense gratitude for my clients and my work
- having a newfound appreciation for my health, family, and loved ones
- empowered to be a voice and leader in my community
- burnt out and overwhelmed
- weak and sore from lack of movement
We’ve all heard the age-old quote - just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
I noticed I had scheduled myself into almost total exhaustion. I was doing the opposite of what I preached. Instead of filling my cup first, and pouring from the overflow, I was approaching empty. Not only that, but it felt like the weight of the world was getting to me. It seemed like every week, another crisis happened impacting every community differently. It was heartbreaking.
I pressed pause.
I knew I had to reflect, refuel, and recharge. I wanted to show up for my community. I couldn't do that running on empty.
I went back to basics. I knew I needed structure, a routine, and a list of simple habits I could do EVERYDAY that were good for my mental health. I wanted to include things that I could stick to, so I picked tasks that were specific, and relatively simple.
#1. Set a wake-up time— no snoozing (if possible).
#2. Movement of some kind, for 30 minutes.
#3. Block off at least 30 minutes everyday towards a creative pursuit.
#4. Spend time outside, everyday.
#5. Meditate for at least 15 minutes.
Incorporating these 5 things in my everyday routine has impacted my mental health for the better. It gave me MY ENERGY back, and I'm so thankful for it! I hope it can do the same for you.
Sending you SO MUCH LOVE,