In my 2016 reader survey, I had several requests for a post on how on manage my stress. The answer? I’ve learned to take care of myself….
Today I’m proud to have a guest on my blog, my husband Rich! He’s been inspiring me the last few weeks and I’ve seen him go from completely burnt out to the most energetic and positive minded than I’ve seen him in years. I’ve asked him to come on here and share his story.
Hello everyone! I had better start with why I decided to focus on self-care in the New Year. It really had nothing to actually do with a “New Year’s resolution”….
You guys, I have reached the point of burnout. I ended last week feeling like I was running on fumes and it continued into this week. The days are long and even though I’ve removed everything non-essential from my life, my plate is very full. Instead of fighting it, I have accepted that I’m in a crazy stage of life right now and am trying my best to stay calm amongst the chaos.
I’m switching things up a bit and moving away from sharing my weekly routine. I’ve got it down, so instead I want to focus on one goal per week and use these posts to hold me accountable. This week I focused on self-care and set a goal to be accountable to myself every day. I kept track of the things I did for myself throughout the week and thought I would share this list today.
This weekend I tried something new…
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time and the things I want to protect when I have a baby. I’m currently reading The Frige Hours by Jessica Turner which is making me think a lot about my “me time.”
When I first got married, I was the worst at making time for myself. I would stress myself out trying to do anything, getting frustrated and ultimately crashing and burning. Luckily, over time I’ve learned to delegate, set systems into place and learn to make time for myself.
Earlier in the month, I set a very simple goal to hopefully gain momentum to set a permanent habit to get my nails done on a regular basis. It’s a little thing that makes a huge difference and I think on my way to making it a habit, especially since yesterday I tried Manicube at work. Goal, accomplished!
Over the past few months, you may have noticed that I’ve been focused on optimizing my daily routines. The hardest and last to perfect way my weekday morning routine. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s working and I enjoy easing into the day most days.
This Monday morning I thought I would share this routine with you!
The past several months I have been focused on perfecting my daily routine. I posted about how I stay organized and I am now focused on fine-tuning my daily routine to make it more streamlined and make sure that I can meet all of my bare essentials.
I realized earlier this week that I have my nightly routine down to a science so I thought I would share. This routine helps me decompress, unplug and sleep through the night. It’s worked to help me get into a regular sleep schedule, so I hope it helps you too!
This morning I’m joining in with my friend Becky’s Treat Yourself Tuesday link-up! Why did it take me so long to join in the fun? That’s a good question…
Well, you see I’m not typically someone who spends a ton of money on herself. Actually, I’m probably the last person I spend my money on. BUT, self care is something that I’ve learned is super important in the last few years and there are lots of little things I do regularly to treat myself!
Woop woop! Can we get a TGIF up in here!? I am so happy it’s Friday. I survived my second week of work and while I love it, it’s been a whirlwind and I’m exhausted. We have a busy weekend ahead and the thing I’m most excited for is sleeping in tomorrow morning.
You know you’re an adult when… 😉
Anyway, I’m currently reading Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive and loving it. I’m taking my time so it sinks in as there are many things I can relate to and learn from.
I loved reading the section on mediation and reading about how she’s been practicing it since she was kid. One thing that’s really resonated with me is the idea of bringing mindfulness into every day life as a way of mediation. She suggested simply focusing on being aware when you do tasks that you would normally do on autopilot, like brushing your teeth.
The first time I tried this I was shocked how much different it felt. I realized that I’m usually thinking about what I’m going to do next, stressing thorough my teeth brushing and rushing my way though it. It’s such a simple thing, but this practice has made my morning and evening routines better.
Try it and let me know what you think!