One thing I always feel like I should improve is my own self care. I get busy and stressed (as we all do) and that is the first area of my life to get dropped.
I have been trying to get better by de-stressing. I don’t take work home with me anymore, except for the occasional weekend. This way I have the entire evening to myself. Granted, I have tests to study for and I am trying to learn some Spanish, I have dogs to care for and a house to manage… but it’s not work. It gives me more time to myself.
Here are some of the ways I give back to myself:
I take daily vitamins and I went to all of my doctors for check ups this year. I am trying to take anything abnormal more serious than I have in the past. I have not been sick in a long timer, which is great!
Recently, I have been sleeping better and longer. I have had trouble sleeping for a long time, but it’s getting better. I only had one rough night this past week which is really a big win. I am trying to get to bed to earlier today. I feel like maybe daylight savings is helping, but I am getting to bed an hour earlier than normal.
Doing things for me
I am trying to spend more time doing things I enjoy even if they are little things: reading, pinteresting, walking the dogs, planning vacations… just to clear my head. It’s important to have “me time”.
Things I plan to do better at starting this week:
I always remove makeup, wash my face, and use my face mask or night cream. (Although I am trying a clay face mask now… it’s nice, but I really miss my Lush products so I need to get some more.) However, I need to be better about taking care of the rest of my skin! I need to be better about sun screen and hydrating lotion- especially as we enter the dryer, cooler months.
Ugh, I am a yo yo dieter. I try something, it works, it stops working, I fall back to bad habits, and repeat. The best luck I have is when I cut carbs (sad face) and amp up the protein. This week, I am going to have a couple of protein only days and then add in the veggies/fruit to cut some cravings. I have always been good about water, but less so since I have started teaching. I’ll use my infuser water bottle this week because once I add some mint or lemon to my water, I know I’ll drink even more.
I just don’t like it. I know it gives you endorphins that should make me happy, but it’s hard to feel that before the workout! I am going to hit the gym a few days this week after work when I don’t have other things planned. I also need to get back into doing some basic yoga at home because that seems to help. I have been feeling stiff and uncomfortable (I even told my mom I want to go get a massage as a xmas gift) but I know it is the lack of stretching and toning that makes me feel that way.
Wish me luck! If you have any other self care reminders I should know about, please share!