Lately I have found myself so focused on the big events happening in my life that I have neglected the small, day to day things I should be doing to maintain my happiness and well being. In my defense, there has been a lot of HUGE things going on. Last weekend, my brother got married and I luckily got to be a part of that special day. It was super busy, but so much fun and everything went perfectly. That same week, John accepted a full time position in Cincinnati! So, while that is ridiculously exciting, it has also pushed us to find a place to live… And fast. Right now, apartment/condo/house searching is my part time job because until we find something, John is living in a hotel. We are both elated to be in the same city after almost a year and a half, but we are beyond ready to be settled into a place of our own.
So, that’s what’s happening in May. June will bring Kendra and Alex’s wedding, which involves a trip to North Carolina. I’m so excited to get out of town and even more excited that John and I both get to be a part of their day. Once the end of June hits, maybe I’ll start focusing on my own wedding….
Today though, I got to thinking about self care. All of the stress in my life right now is good stress… But it’s stress, regardless. I don’t want to constantly feel like I’m checking things off a list or worrying about how the next big milestone will pan out. I need to be more focused on the here and now and practice healthier day to day habits so I can feel better while doing it. For now, I’m starting small and giving myself 3 goals to implement into my life:
- Drink more water. I’m the worst at this. The. Worst. For my entire life I have for some reason rejected the idea of staying hydrated and it’s done me no good whatsoever. So, for at least the next month I am cutting out soft drinks completely and only drinking water. I will also only allow myself to drink alcohol 3x a month (which I probably won’t even do). As for Starbucks… That’s not going anywhere. I’m not a masochist.
- Get up at the same time every day, even when I can sleep in. With working second shift, I sometimes feel like the reason I’m drained is because I’ve overslept. I need to get in more of a routine with my sleep cycle so that I’m starting the day off right every time.
- Try to find some form of exercise 5 days a week. Even if this means I take a few extra trips up the flight of stairs at work or lift weights while I’m watching television, I want to get more active. I think I become discouraged because I don’t move as fast or have as much stamina as a lot of my peers. Spare me the logical response to that…. I already know. SO, it’s time to get off my butt and move.
Unofficial goals include writing more and having more fun… But that’s a story for another day. I do believe that making small changes in day to day life can really help in dealing with the bigger stuff. Here’s hoping that’s really true!