I'm not gonna lie, this past week has been a bit.............. stressful. The shop was closed for a few days as we have been having a few renovations which rendered opening a bit pointless, so when asked if I would help out a local vets and do some nursing I thought I might as well.
Long story short... I'm shattered. I forgot just how hard it was working full time, (10 hour days, five days a week), sorting three horses out in an evening (bit of a shock to their system- they like a morning ride instead) and then trying to factor in the shop (sending parcels, replying to messages etc). Oh yeah... then there's jobs at home, washing, drying, scrambling around for tea at 11pm. I have seen my husband once, which I think was Wednesday at 10pm? It could've been Tuesday though? For all I know, right now, it could've been a figment of my imagination.
I can't remember how I use to do it. This was actually my life for at least 3 years before I opened the shop. It's really made me appreciate my time more, but I started thinking, how did I cope? Well... here's my tops tips about managing the work-horse-life balance and how I got through 3 years of this:
Top tip no. 1: Sort those clothes the night before! When I was nursing I obviously had a uniform, which was so easy, now I'm in the shop I actually have to dust off clothing and find something to wear. I now lay out my 'shop' clothes, then I lay out my horse clothes, it means early morning get-ups require less brain power and I'm not running up and down trying to find a clean pair of knickers!
Top tip no. 2: Get up half an hour earlier and put that load of washing on, dust off the coffee table and wash up those mugs. It surprising what you can get done in 30 minutes and you'll feel alot better when you get home and the house is slightly tidier.
Top tip no. 3: Prepare an easy breakfast the night before. I am always running out the door and completely forget the most important meal of the day. I'm now in a habit of making up plenty of healthy breakfasts on my Sunday afternoon and popping them in the fridge so they are nice and easy to grab and go. A good one, which is from Slimming world, is 40 grams of porridge oats, a fat free Muller light yoghurt (175gms) and sprinkle some frozen fruit over the top. Leave in the fridge overnight and hey-presto! You've a healthy, refreshing breakfast, which is slow release energy! Ready for the day! (It's surprisingly tasty too). I also prep my lunch the night before so I'm ready to go-go-go!
Top tip no. 4: Plan your meals. Quiet often I use my Sunday afternoons to plan my meals for the week ahead, it's so much easier than getting home and realising you've nothing de-frosted (worse for me as I have no microwave). I then have to resort to a slightly less healthy tea and it's a downward spiral! I usually check my 'tea board' the night before and check I've got the chicken out the freezer! Also, slow cookers are a horsey persons best friend! Get that timer on and prep the night before. You can also get slow cooker bags, meaning you don't even have to wash the slow cooker after! #winningatlife
Top tip no. 5: Fill those hay-nets! I don't know about you but hay-nets are the bane of my life! I hate them. Always have, so we tend to prep loads on the Sunday for the week ahead. It's amazing how much time it takes to fill them! Another good tip is prepping the horses teas in carrier bags for the week, it's just a case of emptying them into the buckets then! It's a time saver!
Top tip no. 6: Don't plant your bum when you get in. I started doing this, as soon as I got in, I'd sit down for 5 minutes. Worst thing I could do, as I never want to get back up. Instead I now crack on, get everything prepped for tomorrow then I sit down after tea. I feel alot better for it.
Top tip no. 7: Get yourself a planning diary. Or you can even google a Bu-Jo journal. These can be a huge life saver as they make you plan each thing in your life, so you can stay on top! I've literally just ordered mine to give it a whirl, but lots of people I've spoken to recommend them for staying organised and clear in your mindset. I know they are costly but it could make a huge difference! I'll let you know how I get on with mine!
Top tip no. 8: Make time for yourself. I know, this is never easy, but it's so important to take care of yourself or you'll run yourself into the ground. Whether it's 10 minutes each day or an hour at the weekend, make sure you think about yourself, whether you want to read a book, listen to a podcast, have a relaxing bath, go for a walk, family time, powernap or enjoy a cheeky glass of Prosecco as you watch Netflix- anything!!! Do what you want to do for a set amount of time, it's good for you!!
If you've got any other fab ideas, I'm all ears! Also a huge thank you to all the lovely ladies in our Facebook group for sharing your tips on how you juggle life! I really appreciate it! (CLICK HERE if you're not a member yet!)
For now, enjoy your time no matter what you're doing, we only get it once!