It’s spooky season starting this Friday. Goblins, ghouls, ghosts, and all the other Halloween favourites are all very frightening, but do you know what scares me the most? Not being successful. And I don’t mean that in my career, but kind of just life in general. I fear that I won’t be able to pay off my student debt. What if I never run a 5k? Or never complete my to-read list? But, mostly, I fear that things won’t turn out the way I planned.
I love trying out new things, whether dancing, podcasting, writing, or all that fun stuff. It keeps things interesting, but sometimes I think about how long this fun will even last? Which leads to whether or not I’m going to burn out and not get back up again. It’s kind of how I felt about our blog. I knew starting this with Maria would be my creative spot to try new things, share funny stories, heck, even frustrations. And it scares me to think about “what if this dies out one day and no one wants to read about my day.” These are things that keep me up late at night.
I don’t want to leave this blog here and add on to the fear of failing. So, here are some things that have helped me get out of this rut because, let’s face it, life can be scary, and it’s easier to go through it together.
Taking Mental Health Days
I didn’t know this was a thing until this past year. I was always go-go-go, as I’m sure a lot of people were during this time. So, instead of pushing through the weekend of doing a million tasks, I would take some days over the weekend and during the week to sit back and start a new show or read a book. I’ll admit, it was difficult for me at first, but I swear it worked so well.
Taking these breaks also allows me to look at the bigger picture. If I’m already stressed or worried about one thing, there’s no point in trying to fix it if my mind isn’t in the right place. I know it’s super challenging to do this, but trust me. It does work.
Get a Breathe of Fresh Air
I’m guilty of not doing this all the time. I notice that when I’m scared the most and get into my head, I haven’t left my house in a long time. So, that means it’s time to get some air. I swear, 9 out of 10 times, I feel a million times better!
Cook a Delicious Meal
So, I’m not much of a cook, and I generally don’t often cook (thank you best boyfriend ever for feeding me), but when I do, it’s nice to be in the moment and wait patiently for a meal to be complete. You could even substitute cooking for baking. Just a few weeks ago, I made some homemade chocolate chip cookies. It was super random, but I liked doing something away from my computer and TV.
These are some things that work for me. Sometimes, I have a terrible week and can’t bring myself to do this, and that’s okay. If you’re like me, and you love to try out things, whether a blog or a podcast, then I say do it. It’s hella scary, but the learning process, the stress (yes, there’s some stress), and the entire experience are so worth it. I’ve learned so many things about myself, what works and doesn’t. So, while I’m scared of things not succeeding, I’d say I’m pretty good and ready to get things started.