A lot of what I’m coming into is embracing my life and change – while maintaining special spots in the house for myself that just make me plain happy. Today I set up a small office area in preparation for back to school (2 weeks!) where I can store my stuff and printer, have my laptop set out and plenty of space for the mass quantity of textbooks I just purchased (ouch).
It’s in our living room / slowly becoming library. Which is right by the kitchen and in open space. Why this is so important for me – I need dedicated space to work, but I hate feeling isolated while working, I need interaction even in the essence of just presence around. I am so happy. I plan to get some cute little desk decoration ideas and amp up my space a little. I’m all over Pinterest, who isn’t?
I’ll update on the desk space.
Also, I’m starting to prep to make a yoga room/meditation spot for myself. This is what I’m most looking forward too. Again, Pinterest is huge. But I’m really putting positive energy into this process and feeling great about it.
I strongly believe the better and more positive vibes/energy/karma you put out, the better you feel overall. It’s simple, be kind and you feel kinder.
If anyone has links or ideas on desk decor and/or meditation spots please let me know!
So I’ve been out for about a week, due to post surgery recovery – not feeling 100% normal but definitely getting there – which is super nice. I’ve done a lot of reflecting and working with a coach on my overall wellness and it has me thinking ‘if I could do anything in the world, what would make me completely happy?’ For me that’s giving back and helping others. That genuinely brings me peace and joy.
I’ve reached out to a couple places in hopes for volunteering opportunities and am eagerly awaiting new possibilities. I’ve also started to make some long term and short term goals. I’m not going to go into total detail but a big short term goal for me is putting an emphasis on self-care and integrating that into my daily life. Not only is this so important for everyone but especially those that deal with mental health – taking care of yourself is vital for success and happiness. So that being said, I made a small self care guideline to keep me on track daily and am working towards really getting it all done. This doesn’t mean though that I beat myself up if I don’t do it “perfectly” – there is no perfect way when it comes to this kind of routine, just what you can do as your best effort.
Wake up refreshed after 7-10 hours of sleep // between 6-6:30
Make healthy breakfast for myself + coffee to go
Meditate // gratitude journal
Review schedule for the day
Throughout the day:
Continue drinking water
Eat a healthy lunch
Take a walk
Keep in touch with family/friends
Time with family
Time with boyfriend
Breakfast is actually something I am really focusing on – it seems so simple but I either skip it or eat something that doesn’t set up my day for success and well being. Which in turn leads to over eating or eating junk for the rest of my day and feeling pretty lousy.
I’ll keep you posted on my successes, challenges and learning experiences as I head back into the school year !
Where I live has had rain for the last 2 days – and I mean constant dripping where everything is soaked and some bodies of water are flooding – and we will continue to have rain for a couple more days.
So what do you do when it rains as an adult?
Sure you can absolutely go jump in the puddles, but it’s cold out and I don’t want to be any sicker than I am already.
So here is my list for your rainy, cold days:
Run errands. Today is a great day to drive to where you need to go, spend time in let’s say the grocery store and check off the list that seems to be growing. You will be inside most of the time and you are honestly not missing any nice weather opportunities.
Cook/Bake. Make some treats or a fancy meal for yourself or others. I plan to make some chicken and veggies tonight but I bought some items to make my own marinade. Simple, time consuming and yummy.
Clean. Not a huge fan of this option, but some people (you know who you are) apparently love cleaning? So this is the time! Just like errand running – it checks your items off the list and you’re not really missing out.
Indoor sports. I love golfing as of late, so why not go to an indoor range?
Catch up with a friend. Reach out and be social, sometimes it’s nice to cozy up alone but the dreary weather gets to most people – so go warm up with a friend with some coffee and a chat.
Read. Go to the store and pick up something you’ve really wanted to read or dig out an old book. Curl up with a beverage of your choice and relax.
I’ve touched on it before – that I’m super passionate about mental health. I love learning and knowing different disorders and how it effects an individual. Today I wanted to touch on Bipolar Disorder and some coping with manic episodes.
A lot of the key things involve prevention, but just like any other illness, episodes are not always preventable no matter how hard you work and how healthy you are. So what do you do when you feel that energy and panic rushing in?
Stop. Realize this is an episode and not you. It can feel like you’re losing it, but you are not you are totally ok. Deep breathes.
Reach out. Let your support team know what’s going on. Whether this be your doctor, your family, your friends, whoever is your support – reach out to them.
Assess. Is this manageable? If you can bring yourself down and ride it out then just hold on, if it is worse then let someone know you need more help
Then the coping begins:
Bubble bath. This instantly brings peace, light a candle or some aroma, make huge bubbles and keep it warm but not too hot. Bring a water bottle beside you too because hydration is huge.
Water. Drink it. The best thing you can do is be good to your body while you’re riding out a high.
Meditation. Ok yes it will be extremely difficult but even 3 minutes of zen will help calm the onset.
Yoga or walking. Really any form of low impact exercise. It helps to sweat it out, but you don’t want to work yourself up.
Writing. Write it out. When mania or hypomania hits it can feel like a wall of a million thoughts hit you at once. Start to write it out, it will not only slow you down but allow for some room to form in your head.
To-do lists. You may feel like doing everything NOW but you are not your most productive or focused. So keep a list of stuff you feeling like you NEED to do and re-assess it at a later point.
Avoid caffeine and simple sugars/carbs. Chamomile tea is amazing. And avoiding the sugars and simple carbs will help your body not to spike in blood sugar making you feel sicker. A great mindless munch for a sweet tooth is almonds. (Maybe some chocolate or yogurt covered too).
Ride it out. If you have been diagnosed for awhile you know this feeling. You know it will pass and its a big wave right now but you can do this, ride it.
In the end, help yourself, and reach out for help from a support group.
I have a lot of stuff. I like my stuff. But lately I’ve been realizing that’s all it is – stuff.
So I’ve taken on a challenge with little research behind me, can I go minimalist?
I’m not talking sell the house, dump the car, and get rid of everything instantly, but can I downsize and live off the essentials? I think I can.
I have a dresser, 2 small closets and 4 baskets of clothes. Some would say that’s too much and I agree since I found a pair of shorts that are 3 sizes too small and from grade school (9 ish years ago). So I’ve started to purge my stuff. I donated 3 garbage bags of clothing and got rid of my 4 baskets. And that’s just the start. I plan to cleanse a little bit every day or so and I plan to blog the process to keep accountability.
Everyone has “those days” where work was rough, life seemed tiring and it was just a long day, or week. So tonight I treated myself with a mini pamper me routine.
I cooked dinner with my family, some comforting time and food. Then watched some comedy shows to get in a good laugh. For me laughing is one of the best de-stressers, you can’t be mad or frown while laughing. Finally I splurged on a white macadamia cookie and mindlessly scrolled through Youtube – of course while sipping my decaf pumpkin spice tea. And now I am in my cozy spot writing to you guys, this has been such a great creative, and stress relieving outlet. I will make my to-do list for tomorrow so I can stop worrying tonight.
Later I’m going to do a face mask, and put some leave-in conditioner into my dry hair and maybe even add an extra fuzzy blanket to my bed. I will spray (more than a couple pumps) of my lavender sleep aid onto my pillows and meditate for 10 to 20 minutes.
Meditation has been a life saver. It allows me to step back and take time for me, but productive time. Although it may seems like not being able to do anything for 10 minutes is not helpful, when you are done with the meditation the level of zen and balance expands and enables you to work even more focused and more attentively.