For those of you that aren’t as obsessed with astrology as I am, you may not know that Mercury is currently in retrograde. Or you may have heard of the phrase but have no clue what it means. In astrology, Mercury is the planet that rules communication, so when it’s in retrograde (yep, you guessed it), there’s bound to be plenty of communication issues. Technology issues, delayed travel plans, your boss misunderstanding the tone of that email, the list goes on. Basically, if you’ve had any goals in mind or a game plan for the next few weeks, mercury’s retrograde could throw you off. Luckily, we’ve compiled some easy ways to get yourself back on track after a period of weirdness due to the stars or any life event that’s got you feeling out of wack. Breakup or job change got you down? Or you’ve simply just been slacking on your fitness journey? Read on for tips on getting your mojo back and staying aligned with your goals for good.
Find an organization system that makes you happy
Personally, I am an old fashioned ink and paper kind of girl. Buying aesthetically pleasing planners and calendars bring me a type of joy like no other. I know that I work best when I write things down and having a super cute calendar hanging on my wall reminding me of all the fun stuff I have coming up keeps me on track. But, I also know girls that would be more likely to lose a planner than actually use it, so they choose to go the electronic route. Synching your phone up with Google Calendar and your notifications can be an easy way to start. Or download a time management app like Todoist or MyLifeOrganized to really hold you accountable by having all your goals and to-do’s in one place.
Did you ever have a diary as a kid and then drop it when you thought it wasn’t “cool” anymore? Me too. Journaling is kind of like a diary’s older sister. It’s a more mature way to analyze your life- what you want out of it, everything that’s gone wrong, and what you can do about it. By actually confronting your feelings head on and seeing them on paper, it can help you realize what you need to change or how far along you’ve progressed in your goals. Instead of hitting a setback, getting discouraged, and giving up, journaling can be a healthy way to process emotions that will give you the motivation to understand why it happened and how you can prevent it from happening again. It’s honestly just a great way to explore your feelings and help you muddle your way through times of uncertainty. Check out “bullet journals” on Pinterest for some great ideas to help you get started.
I’m sure you’ve been told that you should try to squeeze thirty minutes of exercise a day into your schedule. While fitness can be a great way to alleviate stress and help you stay fit enough to keep up with the chaos of everyday life, meditation is another effective method to help keep your spirits high. My personal favorite way to incorporate meditation is in my morning routine. Instead of waking up and reaching for your phone, try taking a couple of minutes for quiet reflection. This doesn’t have to mean sitting cross-legged and whispering noises to yourself. Just close your eyes, clear your mind, and if you want, focus on one thing. Let’s say you have a big job interview coming up. Spend fifteen minutes picturing yourself feeling confident during the interview, absolutely crushing it, and the joy you would feel after finding out you got the job. If you need some help with what exactly to do during your meditation, check out Headspace, a site and mobile app that provides free guided meditations. Or just do a quick Youtube search and you’ll be sure to find plenty of options for whatever your goal may be. The most important thing to remember is to allow yourself to be fully present during your meditation. It’ll keep you feeling focused and centered for the rest of the day.
However, you choose to keep yourself accountable, remember to take it easy on yourself! We’re all basically trying to figure it out as we go along, so don’t get too down on yourself if you trip up sometimes. Remember that you’re still worthy and capable of great things!