I came across an interesting idea just last week. Cyndi O’Meara was talking about the concept of home base on her Up for a Chat podcast. The idea really resonated with me as its something that I’ve been intuitively working towards and yearning for, for a while now.
The concept is fairly simple. Home Base is a place you return to, psychologically, frequently, to rest, relax and restore. For me, its really necessary that I return to it every weekend. If I don’t my week will be chaotic and disorganised and my anxiety levels will creep up. When I do consciously return to my home base I’m centred and grounded, organised for the week ahead and with plenty of juice to get through the week.
For me, home base happens on a physical, psychological, mental and emotional level. It generally takes me the two days of my weekend. First I need to unwind, destress and calm down. Then when I am centred and grounded, I can prepare for my week ahead as well as increasing my energy levels.
Physically, this means that I concentrate on eating well, I rest my body, get lots of cleaning and organising done- making sure all chores like grocery shopping, clothes washing and housework are complete. I use my Sunday to shut off from social media to help return to my relaxed state (so important as an introvert). I sit and I plan my week ahead, pulling out all appointments in my calendar for the whole family so that there are no surprises and I’m aware of exactly whats on for the week. I gather all to do items, not just those things I have to do, but also ensuring that there are some items each day to advance me towards my goals.
I make sure that I include some time just for me- as an introvert it’s so important that I spend some time with myself, so that I can return to my place of balance (I don’t always get this balance right). Something else that I don’t always get right is making sure I’ve included some fun, something just for me. Self-care is something I don’t prioritise and its not until I’m on empty and playing the matyr, resentful of peoples demands on me, that I realise I’ve been neglecting my needs.
My home base is a work in progress. While I work hard to return to it each week I know that I’m not utilising it as best I can. I’d love to incorporate a plant based, liquid day to give my digestive system a rest. I’d love to make myself more of a priority over these two days. I’d like to stop wasting time on low-value activities.