For those who aren’t been up-to-date on all the exciting news, you can read my post here where I discuss my new job in Pa., and my first place. Although I am excited to begin my career and move into my first place, there is still a lot of stress from all these changes.
I’ve been working on revamping and focusing on my self-care routine in the midst of all the chaos of moving and finishing my Master’s. Despite the length of my to-do list, it’s important that I remember to take care of myself throughout this process, which is why I thought it would be the perfect time to share how I’ve been taking care of myself.
Keeping A Journal:
For awhile, I wasn’t keeping up with writing due to school, work and blogging. But I’ve made it a priority because it’s something I love to do and it helps me relax. If there’s an activity that makes you happy, incorporate that into your daily routine. I always found that I would get ready for bed, and scroll on my phone for an hour or two. Now, I write for about 45 minutes before bed.
I would never ask for help—even from a professor. With the entire process of moving, relocating and getting my first place, I’ve been brave about asking for help. I’ve learned where my limits end, and when it’s appropriate to ask for help. I’m so thankful for Josh because he has been an amazing source of guidance and support during this experience. He’s the one person who I go to time and time again, and he always comes through for me.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned so much about how my mood and well-being are affected by how much water I drink each day. When I don’t drink enough water, I feel less productive and I never get enough done throughout the day. So, I’ve made it a priority to drink water every day for my self care. I am far more productive, healthy and active when I am conscientious about my water intake.
Taking A Nap:
This is the college student in me, but I’ve been obsessed with taking naps for 20 minutes. It helps set aside a short amount of time each day to rejuvenate my mind and body, so that I can keep working in the evening. I would work until 3 p.m. until I would crash, and wouldn’t do anything for the rest of the day. With a 20-minute, power nap, I am able to take a break, so I can get back to work! You’re never too old for a nap, I promise!
Being Honest With Myself:
This is along the similar lines of reaching out for help, but it’s important to take into consideration in the midst of big changes in life. If I feel like I’m doing too much, I schedule a break, or an evening off from doing anything to relax. When you overwork yourself, you slip into more stress. Instead of lying to yourself and saying, “I’m fine.” Be honest with how you’re feeling. Accept your emotions during this process, so you can come out of that experience stronger than ever.
The bottom line is that self care is important. You need to take care of yourself, so that you can do all the things you love. Make time for yourself. Treat yourself to a cup of coffee while reading your favorite book. When you practice self care, you’re not only helping yourself, but you’re also helping those around you. When you’re happy, you give off that happiness to others.
What do you do to take care of yourself? What activities are in your self-care routine? Make sure to leave a comment below!