When you are a scatterbrained- overthinking- always working- person like myself, it’s not unusual to often times feel like you’re on the verge of insanity. You feel as though you are always busy and the minute you complete everything on your to-do list, more tasks arise. Being stuck in the monotonous routine of life is quite the common issue, but you can have better control of it starting right here. Right now. Set some time aside for yourself. Here are four things that I hold near and dear to me to help navigate life in a healthy manner.
Common misconception: “Writing is not my thing” so I’m not going to write. Wrong! No one is suggesting that you craft the next Pulitzer Prize winner. Writing has been therapeutic for me before I even decided to make it my major in undergrad. Putting all my feelings on paper was this release that allowed me to vent without putting all my bad energy into the air or onto other people. “Free writes” of whatever comes to your mind are very helpful; however, if you need a little assistance check google out! Thousands of prompts are online to assist you with putting some pen to paper and clearing your mind.
Music Jam Sessions
I think I love music more than Kel loved orange soda (if you don’t know Kel, you, my friend need to educate yourself). Music mellows even an energetic girl like me the hell out. It’s gotten to a point now where if I’m in silence for too long, I get the weirdest itch (okay not really, but I think you get the connection). Some of my favorite artist to unwind, light a candle, and vibe out to are:
Lianne la Havas
I mentioned this is one of my blog posts a while ago and I still adhere to them. Taking a day to cut my phone on do not disturb and wander aimlessly about the city or stay at home and binge watch rom-coms does my body good. And I can’t forget to mention the wild card “me days” when a massage at the spa is in the budget.
Extra Curricular Activities
Dance. Cooking Class. Gym. Yoga. Hell, kick-boxing. Get your body up and moving! When you put consistent exercising in your schedule, the body releases a chemical known as endorphins that make the body feel positively better. But even if you are sitting and simply taking up a new hobby, get involved with something outside of your typical weekly tasks for a break.
Today’s Keyword: serenity |səˈrenitē| (n.): the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled
I’ve heard so many people feel like they cant take time to love on themselves because they either have no time or they have so many people depending on them that self-care is the last thing on their minds. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the world, but how can you bring your best self to any situation if your mind, body, and soul are telling you to sit ya ass down and you’re refusing to listen? Just there at work thinking you’re accomplishing things when you’re really running on E. You deserve time to replenish so that the people and work around you can receive you at your best!
For you busy folk, literally, plan a day. Mark it on your calendar and take it for you. This is my sanity regimen but it may look completely different for you.
How do you unwind after a long day or week? Comment below!