One of my biggest goals this year is to practice better self-care. For me, that means RELAXING more. I thought starting my year off on an amaaaazing vacay in Saint John with some of my faaaavorite people would do the trick. It did in many ways, but I admit it: I practiced more of the bubblyside of life than I did the berry(AKA: drinking cocktails at noon, ordering pizza from a boat in Christmas Bay and enjoying 3 of those delicious pieces 'cause I needed it... my bubbly list goes on and on).
Of course the trip was perfection for my soul. But once I landed back in reality, I started to feel the weight of my unread emails, all the updated studies & articles I should catch up on, my dreaded bank account, and how I should probz kick my health and nutrition practices up a few hundred notches (ahem... thanks, vacation bubbly and 11 a.m. pizza parties).
Since it's the month everyone and their mother wants to make positive changes, and acknowledging the fact that I could use positive lifestyle changes, I thought I'd share a few of my personal favorite tools. These keep a healthier balance for my body and my mind, and I hope you find them useful, too.
This blog post will start with the healthier mind tools. I think it's the most important--and unfortunately often dismissed--part of self-care. (Visit the blog later for tips on practicing positivity, a healthier diet, and exercise suggestions!)
1. BULLET JOURNAL
By far, my favorite "big picture" tool. One of my patients actually introduced me to it!
Do you ever feel like you are moving in so many directions and can't seem to catch up? Can't complete the task you actually need to finish? You might find the Bujo helpful! It is designed to organize and simplify your thoughts and tasks, in an effort to live a more intentional, productive and decluttered life! I adopted the bullet journal in this past fall, I've definitely felt a difference in my focus and productivity.
If you’re interested, take 30 minutes of your time to dive in to the concept. Watch this 12 minute video, maybe browse the site a few minutes, and then create your own. If you don't think you have 30 minutes anytime soon, it could be a sign that you'd benefit greatly from this type of journal!
2. HEADSPACE APP
Have you ever tried to meditate or practice yoga to relax, but your mind won't stop racing? Whelp, I have. I was the type of person who would become even more stressed out when I attempted to quiet my mind. That is why I'm a huge fan of guided meditation.
Headspace is one of my favorite apps. It only takes 5-10 minutes a day and it teaches you to relax the mind. It's calming and, I think, a pretty realistic way to start mediation! I first started it during my train-ride commute to a post-grad internship, and again before bed each night. It helped me refocus and quiet my mind.
These days, getting to a yoga class regularly isn't working for me or my schedule. I thought yoga on my own might work. I’m not nearly clever or coordinated enough to remember all the moves. Then, I stumbled across a yoga channel. It's perfect for me: I squeeze it in before work, I can wear my PJs, and it's on my own living room floor! I can even pick the amount of time I want/have to spend. Game. Changer.
Not only is the location of class and flexible schedule amazing, but I love yoga with Adrienne because she practices self-love and she has a wide range of videos to chose from. All Yoga incorporates deep breathing, slowing things down, and gentle exercise. So if she's not your style, try another online channel! It may help do the trick. :)
These are just a few ways to give a little love to your mind and hopefully help form some good habits! Be sure to check back on the blog for a series of healthy lifestyle changes to try in 2018.