4/19/2016: Ease

A reminder to go at a more gradual pace until you get your momentum back. $25 giclee print available at the Made Vibrant Print Shop!

Let’s say it’s about this time of year and you’re thinking about going swimming in a cold pool. Essentially there are two ways you can approach it: you can dive in head-first, shocking your system OR you can take your time, easing into it and submerging yourself bit by bit. We’ve all experienced both of those options, right? And we know there are pros and cons to each. Ease into it and the discomfort is stretched out a bit longer but in tinier, more manageable doses; dive in and you’re swimming almost instantly, but that initial impact of hitting the water can be downright unpleasant.

Today I realized that my approach to my day or to a project can be similar to these two options.

When we got back form our marathon day of travel on Sunday night, part of me wanted to dive head-first back into my work come Monday. To pick up right where I left off and start firing on all cylinders again. But I also knew myself well enough to know that going from the disorientation of being on the road to diving right back into GO mode would be just like jumping into a freezing cold pool. The shock isn’t invigorating to me— it puts my system into distress. The change throws me off balance.

So this week I’ve given myself the permission to go the other route and to ease back into things. Much like when I gave myself the space to ease back into the new year after the holidays, I’ve been waking up slowly, transitioning into my work and trying to focus on accomplishing just one big task every day. The funny side effect is: the more slowly I allow myself to go, the more naturally I pick up my pace. It’s like when you finally ease yourself into the shallow end of the pool, acclimate to the water temp and suddenly you can’t wait to be swimming over to the deep end.

So, that’s what I’m learning today. That’s it’s okay to do things gradually, and sometimes it’s the better option. If you’re going through a big transition or even a small transition, get honest with yourself about whether you need to jump into the cold water head-first OR if you might benefit more from allowing yourself to ease into it. To go at a more gradual pace until you get your momentum back.