Put it Down

“Yesterday was heavy, put it down.” — Unknown

Pine Knot Path with vibrant fall trees
Pine Knot Path

I came across this quote a few months ago, and it truly hit me on a day I needed to hear it. As I write this, I’m sitting in a cabin in Big Bear surrounded by vibrant fall trees, a quiet atmosphere, and clear air. It’s truly beautiful here. By the time this post gets published, I’ll be back home feeling fully recharged and invigorated to accomplish my goals. When I read this quote, I knew I needed to do more than just “put it down.” I needed to recenter and put myself first.

There have been a lot more yesterdays to put down than normal given the daily adjustments we’ve had to make. Working from home is such a blessing, but it’s also tough at times to separate work and personal life. I have established good boundaries with work, but it’s more so the thoughts of my physical workspace being in our home that is hard to deal with at times. I can easily shut my computer down for the night and know that answering emails can wait until tomorrow, but it’s still hard to shut it off mentally. Don’t get me wrong – I love not having to commute to the office and enjoy a more flexible schedule, but it’s all a balancing act. Once you get thrown off balance, it’s very hard to jump back in, especially without many external accountability factors.

It’s so easy to carry yesterday’s burdens. Imagine if you had to carry one suitcase around with you everywhere you went – and I mean everywhere. Imagine it as a purse with all the things you carry around in life. You have your physical items like your wallet, keys, phone, and other essential items. And then there are emotional items that are so much harder to fathom because they aren’t tangible.

Too often, we carry around things we don’t need that we can move on from, or at the very least, put down when they get too heavy. Moving on from emotional baggage is so hard. It takes time, healing, and therapy to deal with these emotions. Carrying them around in this metaphorical suitcase can easily weigh you down. It gets heavy and hard to carry, which is why it’s important to open it up, organize your thoughts, and clear out the ones you don’t need and the ones that don’t serve you.

With all of the emotions that have been affected in quarantine, it was a no-brainer for me to take a break. Cory and I decided to take a few days off and enjoy a shorter work week and a longer weekend because everything started to build up. My “suitcase” got heavier each day, and I knew I needed to do more than just put yesterday down. I had to put it down and start unpacking.

Some days have felt heavier than others and taking a mental, emotional, and physical inventory was one of the best things I could have done for myself. Being in Big Bear and enjoying the peace in this small town and the beauty of the outdoors has been so energizing. It actually feels like fall here and it’s a nice change of scenery.

We also decided to make a plan where we could cook healthy meals and only dine out a couple of times on the trip. It’s felt great to cook, get outdoors, try local restaurants, and also get a couple workouts in on the days where we wanted to relax more. It’s so important to stay active and treat yourself. Creating a healthy balance between the two can be challenging, but it’s so worth it.

When it’s time to put yesterday down, you’ll feel it. Don’t ignore it, and make sure to recharge by taking that vacation or giving yourself the self-care you deserve. There’s a big difference between recharging while you’re still plugged in and just letting yourself relax completely. Unplug, unwind, and put the heavy stuff down. 😌

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