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Unlikely Signs Your Routine is Working Against You (and How to Escape)

June 27, 2024β€’2 min read

Unlikely Signs Your Routine is Working Against You (and How to Escape)

Have you ever taken a day off to nothing?

Or go float in a pool? (blasphemy)

Run errands? (DMV ain't gonna renew itself)

Go get your janky nails finally done?

Take your kid to the zoo?


There are 5 stages of FREAK OUT when you go off-script and do something you want instead of your regularly scheduled programming:

  1. FREEZE πŸ₯Ά with paralysis deciding WHAT ELSE to do (that you actually want to do)

  2. ALL INTERNAL ALARMS shrieking like a banshee 🚨

  3. MASSIVE GUILT (you should be doing EVERYTHING ELSE right now)


  5. INTENSE RELIEF sets in + Energy tank fills back up β˜€οΈ 🌈

Ahhh, that's better. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

It gets easier, I promise.

I've deemed Tuesdays as my creative day. I block off the morning for a few solid hours of ZERO appointments so I can write, podcast, create, scroll social media mindlessly (hey, it's part of my process), etc.

I knew I needed a refresh this past Tuesday and went into the woods for a long difficult hike (why do I always pick the hard stuff to unwind? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ ). And taking a page from my Rule of 3's, I knew my body needed time to safely freak out and finally settle.

The truth is, burnout doesn't just magically go away - even when you step out of the routine like I did when I quit my corporate career.

It requires continuous active practice. And these 5 stages can be SUPER triggering and often, send you back to the familiar routine which got you all wound up in the first place.

Stay there - even when the alarm bells go off. Trust that the freakout is necessary. You are creating new neuropathways from some VERY deeply embedded programming.

Give yourself permission to prioritizing adding in what fuels you. Because it's the key to open the door to everything you want.

And if you are still talking yourself out of doing something exciting and different, please take this as a sign to GO FOR IT. πŸš€



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Allison Hare

Allison Hare is the former sales executive turned lifestyle entrepreneur. She’s the host of the award-winning, top 1.5% globally ranked podcast, Late Learner and a personal coach for professional mothers and a keynote speaker.

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