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May and June were definitely “survival mode” months for me.
My mom attempted suicide at the end of April. A lot of May was handling the outcome of that situation.
We bought a new-to-us vehicle.
My other half went to the ER, twice and was admitted to the hospital, three times. He also had one procedure and one surgery during those stays.
My daughter started and finished a “getting ready for school” type of camp.
I started a third shift job that was 6 days on and 1 day off for two weeks and very physical.
My daughter finished up her soccer season.
We took a vacation to visit family.
Add in the normal everyday stuff such as eating and laundry and there wasn’t much time left over for sleep, let alone anything else.
I was am exhausted. I was in complete survival mode. Luckily, I knew it wasn’t going to last for a long time. There were a few things I did that made my life a little bit easier during this stressful time.
Prioritize Important Things
Take note of what is important to you and work that into your schedule no matter what. For me, it was important that I spent quality time with my daughter.
Take Advantage Of Tools
Let Go Of The Small Things
What do you spend time doing during your day that you can cut out? Can you cut out washing dishes and use paper plates instead? Maybe you will eat more fast food or frozen pizzas during survival mode and that’s ok. Let the small things go. For me, it was the majority of the cleaning tasks in my home. My windows and walls were not cleaned properly for weeks and I didn’t stress too much about it. I also didn’t request as many products to review nor did I spend a lot of time couponing.
Take Care Of Yourself
When your life is chaotic, you need to take care of yourself. Make sure you are eating semi-healthy meals, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep and getting some exercise. You will not be able to keep up with the same healthy lifestyle that you usually can do but try to do what you can.
Do Small Tasks
You might not be able to clean your entire bathroom but wipe out a sink if you have time. It’s amazing how much these little tasks add up over time.
Use shortcuts wherever you can. As I suggested before, paper plates are amazing. Stock up on TV dinners for nights you don’t feel like cooking. I like to use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program to ensure I never run out of the things I need. I may not get my toilet paper as cheap as I can if I coupon but at least I never run out!
No one should be stuck in survival mode for an extended period of time. But, it is inevitable that we all enter it for a short time at some point in our lives. For prolonged survival mode, I highly recommend reading “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” by Crystal Paine. She gives wonderful tips and suggestions to break the cycle of survival mode. I read this book a while ago and it was so helpful to me! You can read my review here!
Have you been in short term survival mode? What did you do to survive it?