Monday, November 14, 2016

The Balancing Act

It can be so hard to find time to be productive, get work done, do the things you love and also rest. It's so important for your well being. It's truly a struggle for me. Can anyone else relate? I'm hitting that point in the semester where my brain is having trouble remembering information and I don't know how much more I can take. I'm ready for a break. I'm feeling unmotivated and a little blah.

I woke up yesterday morning after spending my Saturday night out late for the A & M football game (yes, our team fell apart). I wasn't ready for it to be Sunday because that meant the next day was Monday. I had school to work on, blog posts to write and other work related things to do. I decided that it would be a comfy day with no makeup, yes I would get work done but I would also just rest before starting my week. It's important to take some "me" minutes in your life. Every one of us has a crazy schedule and things that pull at us every which way but it's so important to take some time and breathe. My anxiety can spike to horrible levels on Sunday because I feel like I haven't had enough time to recharge.

This week as life pulls at you in every direction try to balance your work, your family and some time for you to personally rest so you can be the best version of yourself. I know this is much easier said than done but be kind to your body and heart because the reality is we are all very hard on ourselves. Here are some of my practical tips for doing things that make me happy and also recharge me.

1. Reminding myself to take some good deep breathes. 
I know this may sound silly but getting oxygen to your brain is so good. Breathe in PEACE and out anxiety and stress. When I imagine whatever stress is on my mind leaving me as I breathe out, it really helps me to relax.

2.  Take 15-30 minutes to do absolutely nothing.
Whether this means take a bath, rest your eyes on the couch, drink some tea or coffee, whatever this may be. If you can't dedicate 15 minutes then do 5. Any amount of time helps.

3. Go for a walk.
This gets your blood and endorphins flowing and really will increase your quality of life. It doesn't have to be long but this always makes me feel better. Sometimes when Zach comes we will go get coffee at night then go for a walk. It's a sweet time to talk and just soak in the brisk air.

4. When you accomplish something that was hard or it's been a difficult week, treat yourself.
Whether this is a smoothie, lunch at your favorite restaurant, Starbucks, or a candy bar. Give yourself a reward for accomplishing a lot in your week or a hard project at work. It makes tasks seem more manageable and makes you feel good, because who doesn't love their favorite food?!

5. Put the phone away! 
You've got to give yourself time to breathe and how can you breathe and think for yourself when Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are verbalizing so many opinions and thoughts. Give yourself "office hours" and after 9 pm don't let yourself be consumed with all the chaos and drama in the social media world.

Whether you try to implement one of these a day or choose one to focus on for the week, dedicate your time and be intentional. Taking "me" minutes will change your perspective and really improve your quality of life, I promise!

Have a blessed week, lovelies!

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