With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been seeing a lot of blogs putting out their posts on ways you can show love for the important people in your life, like your significant other, your mom, your boss, or even your dog. That said, it seems as though the most important person has been forgotten: yourself! We as a society seem to have developed a mindset that it’s inherently narcissistic or selfish to consider ourselves as more than an after-thought, when hellooo, it should just be second nature to show some love on the reg.
I’ve mentioned it before here, but it’s really so important to treat yourself right and show appreciation for yourself, even in little ways. Not only can it make a physical difference, but taking time out of your day to put yourself first is totally a mood booster! I know it can be easier said than done, especially if you’re not used to making yourself a priority, so try starting small. Here’s 3 of my favorite ways to show myself a little love: View Post
As we’ve arrived at a new year, and for many, a proposed “fresh start” (new year, new me, right?), I felt it was only apropos to share a post on how to truly move on. I’m writing this for anyone who has something they want to move forward from, whether it be a relationship (friendship or romantic), a bad job, or just a bad mental place they want to shake themselves out of.
The problem in this day and age is that letting go and moving on from anything isn’t as hard and fast as it used to be. Things don’t just disappear when they no longer serve you, but instead relocate to the recently deleted folder, to the archives, or to the stranger side of a friend request. No, moving forward from something takes a little more now. I decided to reiterate the mindset I talked about here, which I used to get over my loss from my break-in earlier this year, and hope these tips are helpful in general for growing forward/upward/outward.
Tips for moving forward:
Okay, I know I promised on instagram that I’d be sharing a recap of my Thursday trip to NYC with you, but this post coming first just made way more sense. I’m about to experience schedule overload while covering shifts at both of my jobs and won’t have a day off for at least two weeks. I decided to look into the best ways to ensure that I don’t lose my damn mind, and figured it’s probably something others could benefit positively from as well! Here are my tips for surviving when your schedule gets out of control so you make it to that vacation on the other side (or a whole day in bed, let’s be real).
Use a planner, a notebook, or even the notes app in your phone, but make a list for yourself of all the tasks you’re looking to accomplish. When your head is absolutely spinning from running around nonstop, it helps to have a list to refer to! It also helps if you use a system of ordering what needs to be done first or immediately, and what can be pushed off till later. I like to add stars, but numbering works too! View Post
Do you ever feel like you’re constantly busy, either working or just on the move, but when you look back to see what you’ve accomplished you’re just… not… sure? You have no idea what exactly you’ve really been doing, but you feel stressed enough that you’re sure it was something? That’s how I’ve felt the last week or so. That’s also when it’s time to take a break. After all, there is no use in being busy if there’s no productivity!
There is no shame in taking a mental health day and recharging your batteries! So if you can, get someone to cover your shift, get a friend to babysit your kid (even for a few hours!), and postpone your tasks for the day. Then, give yourself some much deserved time OFF!! I swear, everything will be there when you go back later.
Everyone recuperates differently, but the basis should be the same: just unplug and unwind enough to give yourself a little mental breather so you can DE-STRESS. Your body will tell you what it’s craving. Sometimes when I’m burnt out all I want to do is binge watch my favorite show (my current guilty pleasure is Jane the Virgin). This time, all I wanted to do with my mental health day was apparently sleep. Usually I feel guilty sleeping in too late and like I’ve wasted the day, but there’s no harm in letting that go every once in a while to fully recharge.
Not sure how you wanna spend your “me” time? Here’s a few of my fave things to do:
- Pamper myself! I mentioned in my last post that I love putting on a face mask and doing my nails when I’m feeling down. (Why not try out my bentonite clay mask?)
- Read. I’m the queen of starting a book and never finishing, but I’ve really been feeling Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance this last week.
- Watch TV/movies. Have you seen the new season of Daredevil? HAVE YOU? Go watch it now. If superhero shows aren’t your thing, I’m also into Jane the Virgin and Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (even though… I’m not getting a divorce).
- Hang in the park. Rittenhouse here in Philadelphia is probably one of my favorite places to go when it’s nice out. There’s something so chill about grabbing a book and laying out with it or just people watching.
- Napping. Seriously, sometimes you just need a good nap, you know?
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It’s important to remember that you’re number one, and to put yourself and your health first. Make sure you make the time every once in a while to let yourself recharge!
What’re your favorite ways to take a break??