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A ca. 6 months old Winter White Russian Dwarf ...

A ca. 6 months old Winter White Russian Dwarf Hamster (Phodopus sungorus) in a hamster wheel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the past couple of months, I’ve drifted away from some of my healthy practices.  All three kids started a new school semester, and they have classes and activities on different days in different locations.  I think the adjustment has been tougher for me than for them.  I feel like I drive and wait in parking lots all day.

I’ve had to switch around my kickboxing class.  I’ve stopped working out six days a week.  I’m eating on the run.  I let my meditation practice slip some days.  And I feel it.  I’m on a hamster wheel of not having enough energy, but being too tired to do the things that consistently give me energy.  I hate feeling like I’m letting myself down.

In the Chutes and Ladders game of life, I’ve been on a slide backwards.  I need to land and start over, giving myself some priority and making some tweaks to my daily to-do lists.

Now that kid #1 can drive himself to classes, I’ve got a bit of breathing room.  I know what works for me, and I need to get back to my own basics.

How do you get back on track when life knocks you around?