Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cause You Had a Bad Day...

I've been reading a lot about "self care" on blogs lately. Apparently this is the new "it" thing. I thought it was kind of silly to say "oh hey, I'm practicing self care!" and to give it a name, but I've also realized that it's probably a good thing that we're now recognizing the need for it.

Today I told a co-worker that I was tired. And I am. I'm mentally tired from work, professional boards and from writing this blog. I'm physically tired from the time change, working out, and doing all the things that keep a house running - laundry, cooking, cleaning (kinda). I felt silly saying it because I know so many others that have more reasons to be tired than I - a coworker whose husband is battling cancer and she's been sick, friends that stay home with three kids and they all manage to survive the day, friends that work full time to come home to cook and spend time with their kids. And here I am tired.

But it's okay to be tired. It's okay to admit that you're not always okay. That doesn't make you less, just human. This week, I'm not okay. I'm not going to break down and lose my mind either, but I'm just not my usual chipper self. So here's what I've done so far to make life a little better.

Do yoga
Yoga is my favorite. I never thought I would say that, but it is. Every Monday night at 6 PM, I'm on my mat. It's my favorite way to start my week. Mondays are rough and ending it with 60 minutes on the mat where all I'm thinking about is not falling on my face is the best way for me to decompress.

Took time off work
Last week I requested some time off this month. A mental health day. Nothing major, but an extra day that is all mine and not related to anything else. Not going to lie, I'm super excited for it!

Read a book
I've been working really hard at not reading smut romance lately. If left to my own devices, I read smut romance, Jen Lancaster, Emily Giffin, Sarah Dessen and cookbooks. That's it. This year, though, I'm expanding my reading horizons so my former English major soul can die a little less with each book I read. I would say that it was so I could be less embarrassed, but I have no shame. Lately, though, I've given back into the smut romance. Cause, you know, it requires no brain cells. And that is a lovely thing.

Picked Easy Meals
This sounds silly, but it's been pretty awesome so far this week. I'm burnt out on cooking, so this week I picked super easy meals. So far, I've made something in the crock pot and I've made sandwich melts. They were super simple and awesome. I'm all for a good complicated recipe, but sometimes, simplicity is good too. Check out Friday's blog for this week's super simple meal plan!

Bought Shoes
If you know me, you should not be surprised by this. But it's also been a while since I've bought shoes. But I had some that needed replacing and, let's face it, I can't turn down a good deal, so Sunday night, I went to DSW and bought myself some new booties. They are fab. And they were only $30, so within my crazy budget. Shoes make everything better.

So what have you done for you lately? It doesn't have to be anything big, but something that you've done just for yourself. Even if that's a shower without your kids interrupting you, a five minute coffee break or retail therapy. It's only Wednesday, so if you haven't taken care of you this week, no worry, there's time!

1 comment:

  1. It's totally OK to say how you feel! These are great tips! (Also, great shoes! 😉)