Hi everyone! I am sitting down to write this after a peaceful Sunday. I went for a run, meal prepped, went to pick lavender, and even had some time to read. I wish most days went like this but there are the occasional I-feel-stressed-because-I-am-good-at-over-booking-myself moments that happen to seep in. I have noticed that these moments have been pretty common lately and I am not fond of them because they tend to wreck part of the days that I have off.
On an evening walk with my dog, I thought about what has been making these occurrences more common and what to do about them. I landed on that work stress is bleeding over into my personal life which then builds up anxiety and leads to a cranky Katie. Recognizing the problem allowed room to come up with a solution.
I decided that I need to make space in my schedule for self care. It will be a non-negotiable for July.
Taking care of myself tends to fall to the bottom of the list when I am stressed because I am completely overwhelmed with all of the things I have on my to-do list. This is not a revelation to me and I am always remembering that this is the case when I have one of the moments I mentioned earlier.
So this month, I will do one small act of self care daily to make sure that I am making time for myself. My list of favorites includes:
- spending time reading a book in the evening
- sitting out on the back porch drinking coffee
- journaling about progress with projects, etc.
- taking a walk
- doing candlelit yoga
- getting a massage
- visiting my esthetician
- hanging out at a coffee shop
- going out to brunch with Mitch
I am pretty stoked for the following weeks because I already have a massage and facial scheduled! Yay for me! 🙂 I also plan to get back into the habit of reading each night even if it is for ten minutes. It really helps me wind down after a hectic day when my mind is going a mile a minute. It is the little things that make all the difference right?
So what do you have planned for July? Any intention that you are holding? Or what is your favorite self care practice? Please share them in the comments!