Have you ever had such an amazing weekend that when Monday rolls around you’re struggling to navigate your way back to normal? That’s kind of how I am feeling today. I had a great time with my family and friends at home the last two days and now I have a little bit of a heartache. A good times hangover, if you will.
I’ve learned to accept this about myself. I usually look forward to gatherings, holidays, and family parties so much that I am completely depleted by the time they come around and I am already sad about the end before it’s even begun! I’ve started to realize that this is no way to live. But I know that I feel things so fiercely that it’s hard for me to have so much joy and pleasure in one weekend without feeling an emotional low when it’s over.
Sunday morning I woke up with a very high blood sugar, thanks to a set malfunction. Of course my first instinct was to give the correction and then go out for a walk or a jog to help bring the blood sugar back down more quickly. Sometimes in an effort to bring our blood sugar But, after a weekend of lots of extreme numbers (due to a mixture of alcohol and treats), I knew that what I really needed was to just let my blood sugar come down slowly and allow it to level out. If I went jogging, I would have come back at the other extreme, which is not what I wanted. I needed the chance to slow down and let my body recalibrate.
Yesterday evening, I realized that this is the same approach I need to take as I come down from my emotional high. There is no need to rush myself into my typical go-go-go schedule today- because that will just cause me to come crashing down. Instead, I let myself sleep in a little later. I skipped the 6:30AM boot camp class and went for a neighborhood stroll. I packed a nutritious, but satisfying lunch to fuel myself. I have plans this evening to catch up with a friend for a weekly 5k run at the local high school. I know that I will need some social interaction to keep me from feeling sad and lonely after leaving my family, but I don’t want to go out or be overwhelmed with too much small talk.
By easing my way back into the middle ground that exists between the heightened moments of life, I can embrace the wonderful experiences of the weekend and graciously adjust myself back to my routine. Instead of pushing myself too much or being hard on myself, I am slowing down and accepting this day as a chance to slow down and nurture my soul.
Have you ever felt this way after a big event? Do you have any tips on coming down from the highs of life without getting low? Share your strategies in the comments below!