I stumble across things all the time that would make for great ideas for blog posts but it’s actually a very rare occurrence that I remember to actually begin a post with one of those things or create a reminder for myself about why that thing would be a good post. This week, though, I have managed to pull off both with today’s wellness post.
I was browsing through Pinterest, as I often do before I fall asleep, and stumbled across a pin for 55 Gentle Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You are Busy. I know I could certainly use a bit of that myself these days. You?
To be honest, 55 is a bit overwhelming. I think perhaps 25 would have been a bit more manageable. I get a little panicked just thinking about how long it takes me to get to the end of that list, which I think defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? Never fear, though, for you (and to be honest – for me), I made it through to the end and have culled the ones that I think make the most sense. For me. And perhaps for you.
Of the 55, these are the ones that I think I might be able to do on a regular basis:
- Use scented oils in the shower:
Lavender to relax, or a little peppermint to wake you up – all you need is a drop or two of essential oil in the shower.
I’ve started showering at night so as to provide myself with enough time in the morning to write. I think that I’ve put together some pretty good routines to help me get to sleep in the evening, but adding lavender oil to the shower could be a nice little extra boost.
- Get more sunlight:
Especially if your busy period is happening in winter, make sure you get your daily dose of sunlight if you’re spending a lot of time in gloomy libraries and workplaces.
I feel almost like Homer from the Simpsons’ on this one. D’Oh! I spend a lot of time indoors. A lot of time out of the sunshine. I could definitely use some Vitamin D. I can see how that would make a difference in my mood.
- Surround yourself with inspiring photos:
Put up some of your favourite photos where you can see them when you work. Whenever you get unfocused, you will feel much better if you can rest your eyes on something pretty, rather than everything that reminds you of how busy you are.
I haven’t brought my favorite pictures of Sweet Husband and me as well as our puppies to work. I suppose that part of it is that I view this as a very temporary position, but having them with them around me makes me happier. There are several of our wedding photos in the room that I stay in at Granny’s, including my most favorite picture of my Cobbie dog ever. Looking at them *is* a mood booster.
- Limit your media consumption:
…because your brain can only process a limited amount of information. When you need your focus to be on work, don’t overflow your brain with tv news, newspapers, magazines and books.
This one keeps coming up in my life again and again. I guess the Universe is trying to tell me something. I really am intending that this weekend when Sweet Husband and I are on our anniversary trip that I won’t be very plugged in at all. I’d like to just use my phone for the camera function (although really I want to make sure that I’m using my BGC most of the time. You know…so I can take photos to surround myself with).
The following are a few that I would really like to be able to eventually put into play, although I know that they are not yet a reality in my world:
- Take the weekends completely off:
If you’re under constant pressure over an extended period of time, it’s good practice to keep the weekends completely sacred. This means no work e-mail or calls, no appointments or catching up.
I spent this last Sunday engrossed in lesson plans and grades. It sucked. Sweet Husband was on spring break and here with me. It would have been heaven to be able to spend all of that time with him. Instead, I was busy catching up and getting things done. It was very, very frustrating. I need to work myself into a position where I can not worry about working on the weekends.
Outsource what you can, for example your home cleaning, laundry or bookeeping.
I have talked for a really, really long time about wanting to be in a position where I can afford to be able to hire some one to come in every other week and do my mopping and clean the bathrooms. Those are the tasks I hate. I’d love to be able to do that.
How are you exercising self care when you’re busy? What is working for you when you’re under the gun and about to tear your hair out? Let me know in the comments.