Sanna StefanssonComment

Back to basics

Sanna StefanssonComment

Basics aren’t exactly the coolest thing. How often do you hear people brag about eating their vegetables, sleeping for eight hours, and going for a nice walk? At least not as often as you see people post about lifting their maximum weight on Instagram or “crushing it” if I would make a guess. 

On a few occasions, I’ve been close to hitting that famous wall. The one you crash into when you pushed yourself with unrealistic expectations, too hard, for too long. The first time I was at the end of my studies. It had been an intense winter, I had taken on more than I could handle, and I had yet to find a job after graduation. We where hosting an exhibition to show our final exam project, something I had helped put together. The moment I stepped into the building, I found myself bawling my eyes out. I couldn't stop.

For someone who takes pride in self-control, this was a clear sign something was wrong. Whatever I was doing, that could not go on. So, I made some changes, which has since then turned into a little template I use whenever I feel overwhelmed. It's nothing fancy. It's all about the basics.

  1. Cancel everything I can possibly cancel in my schedule.
  2. Go analogue-ish. Disconnect and limit time on phone and computer. Limit information input.
  3. Change my environment for a few days if I can. Habits set roots in our surroundings.
  4. Unconditional movement. If I feel like doing something intense, like weights or dancing, I would do that. Otherwise, I would just walk. 
  5. Sleep. Go to bed obnoxiously early, no alarms. 
  6. Focus on eating proper food, as in actually cooking, making sure I get the nutrients I need.
  7. Connect with good friends. Have long conversations, talk about the real stuff.

In this scenario, it meant I went straight home and took a nap. I turned down a copywriting assignment I was really excited about, turned off my phone, and went to visit a friend in another city for a few days, where our schedule was basically sleeping, walking and talking. Oh, and eating all the food.

Sometimes you need radical solutions. But for me, I noticed that going back to basics will solve almost any problem I have. 

I freelance with online communication, project management and content production.

Mostly location independent, originally from Sweden, calls Berlin home and travel more than I intend to. See what I’m up to at the moment here.

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