The past few months (basically since just before our wedding) I’ve been neglecting the most important person in my life, me. From dealing with the wedding, to going back to work to find out that the job I love was dissolved and I was moved to a new department (something I don’t think I’ve shared with ya’ll before), to having to learn that new job quicker than anything, to well, dealing with what has been happening in our community and country this past month (check out this post if you want to know more), I’ve been focusing on everything else in this world but keeping my sanity.
A few blogger friends of mine (Nicole from Little Blog On the Homestead and Meaghan from Cook. Craft. Love) have been working to keep one another informed on current events, and informed on ways to keep ourselves sane. We’ve been sharing our thoughts on different news articles, some daily positive quotes, self-care action items, and even random things we’ve found online.
Along the way I picked up some info that I couldn’t keep to myself (how selfish would that be?) and I compiled them into a list for ya’ll to use and share among your friends and family who may need them.
- Find a group of friends (or a friend) who can (and WILL) hold you accountable for keeping yourself sane and practicing self-care. Whether that friend will take you out to split a pitcher of margaritas (NOTE: Not condoning drinking away your problems, but margaritas are a delicious gossip drink), or they will help you do your nails, share some tips they found, or just text you something funny when they know you are feeling down, having someone there for you is a must to help you keep your sanity.
- Twice a week take a bath. Turn off the TV, turn off your phone (or keep it out of reach), get some hot water going in the tub, and add in some Epsom salts (or bubble bath if you prefer). Soak in the tub for 30 minutes to an hour and just shut off your mind. During my Epsom salt baths (two to three times a week if I’m feeling needy) I read a book, listen to motivational speeches, or turn on classical music to relax me.
- Fancy up your skincare routine with face masks. I typically do my face masks while I take my Epsom salt bath (two birds one stone) but sometimes I do them when I’m just sitting around watching TV. Either way you do them, do it. My charcoal and clay face mask is my favorite since all of the ingredients pull out toxins and impurities and soften my skin. Plus, it is fun to Snapchat with a face mask on. 😉
- Watch a romantic or sad movie to get your cry on. Yup, you read that right. Watch some movie that will make you cry the ugly tears. Ladies, we all know we need a good cry sometimes just to let it all out. Gentlemen, it isn’t a bad thing to
- Ban social media and the news at least one day (or one half day) a week. While I eat my morning breakfast (well, my first breakfast, my eating schedule is that of a Hobbit) I read the morning news (or watch it if I’m lazy) to see what has been going on. Some days that leaves me in a good mood, but some days that starts me off on the wrong foot.
- Take a day, or afternoon to prep for the week. Every Sunday afternoon I do a weekly meal prep (sorta). I bake granola bars or some snack, make breakfast casserole, and determine what we are going to eat that week (which we sometimes follow, and sometimes don’t). I also enjoy taking time in the morning to drink my coffee, eat a big breakfast, watch Food Network (Pioneer Woman is where it is at, ya’ll!). Basically, Sunday is my day to chill out, take things slow, and get ready for the oncoming week. I’ve recently decided that Sundays will be my no social media day, well, my very lacking social media day. While I’m baking and prepping for the week, and probably doing dishes, I close out of all social media to focus on what I’m doing, and try to find something to keep me busy (like laundry, or vacuuming, or yard work, or one of the million other things that I need to do instead of stalking people on Facebook). I’ll tell you what, it makes a HUGE difference when you turn off the news and social media for a long afternoon, or even the day.