If someone had told me that I would ever type that title to one of my blogs I would have laughed in their face, but here we are. It’s been a roller coaster of a few weeks and I want to preface this post by saying that I am fully aware that I am in a wonderful position during this crisis. Not only am I working, but I am working from home. I don’t take that for granted. I know that so many people have lost their jobs or their businesses, or still have to work outside the home worrying about what they are coming in contact with. That being said, I’m single momming it with my two kiddos, trying to balance us being in each other space all the time, work, and keeping them going with school work. It can be a bit mentally exhausting. I gave myself a schedule of things to do for myself. Things that don’t take up too much time and can be squeezed in daily, and things that don’t put a strain on your wallet! I thought I would share them with you in hopes that maybe a few of them would resonate with someone and help make this time a little easier.
Sunday is a long stretch or yoga session. I love yoga. I’m not as consistent with my practice as I’d like to be and I find I do more in the summer that any other time. Lexington has so many lovely instructors who offer free classes in the summer so I find myself heading to those sessions in the warmer months. I do, however, make a point to do at least one good yoga/stretch session on Sunday evening. Your practice doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s but I promise if you fit at least one good stretch session in your schedule you will feel better. I use a great YouTube channel for my practice.
She is a great place to start if you have never practiced before! She has so many options to choose from and a range of times. I know, for me, when I started practicing yoga an hour long session seemed like a daunting task. She has so many beginning choices and shorter sessions.
Monday night is mud mask night. Sometimes I wait until my kids are in the bed and sometimes I traumatize them by hanging out with them with a mud mask on. It’s all about balance. I have a mask that I use regularly. I sometimes find random ones to try out, but my tried and true choice is my charcoal mask from Mary Kay.
Tuesday I take time during the day or evening to listen to a new or one of my favorite Podcasts. I have so many that I love. I usually listen to them in the shower or when I am getting ready, but on Tuesdays I make it a point to sit somewhere with a cup of coffee or tea and listen intently to one of them.
These are just a snippet. I have so many that I listen to. I love them. I listen to more podcasts than I watch tv. If you have any that you love, please share them with me. I love discovering new ones to enjoy.
Wednesday is a coloring session. I’m sure that sounds crazy to some of you. I don’t care that it does. It is one of my favorite things to do. Sometimes Cazlin and I color together. Sometimes it’s me, a cup of tea, my favorite music, and my coloring pencils.
I have purchased two separate complete books that I have colored. One for each of my children. I colored the entirety of each and they can have them after I am long gone.
Thursday is for meditation. I do have the breathe app on my watch that sends me alerts, several times a day, to make me focus on my breathing and to bring my focus to the present, however, on Thursdays I carve out at least 15 minutes and do a guided meditation from the Headspace app.
The app is free. It gives you several basic meditations. You have the option to purchase deeper meditations if you like. I just use the basic meditations to take a few minutes to body scan and clear my head (which is quite an undertaking.) You can also find guided meditations on YouTube or you can put on some soft music and just spend some time focusing on your breath. Doing this has made me so much more aware of where I hold my tension and how often I find myself holding my breath.
Friday night is Bath night. I mean the works. I light candles, put on St. Tropez spa in apple music, make a cup of tea or glass of wine (depending on the week.) , pour in some Dr. Teals Lavender Bubble bath, and soak.
This weekly ritual started as a New Year’s resolution in 2018. I may have missed a handful of weekend bath nights since. Cazlin thinks it’s hilarious her response when I start gathering the supplies is “are you going to your spa?” My response is always, “of course.”
Saturday is for trying something new. I love to cook and since Saturdays I have more time I use the afternoon to try cooking a new dish. I turn on French cooking Radio on pandora, pour a glass of wine, and pick a recipe from my pinterest board. Sometimes it turns out and sometimes it’s an Epic Fail. Either way it is always an enjoyable experience. I love that you can find so many different recipes on Pinterest. Currently, I have been dabbling in French recipes and I’ve also perfected my shrimp and grits.
So these are just a few things I do to bring myself joy every day. I hope that each of you are taking a few moments out of each day to breathe and center yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed, just know that you aren’t alone. Be kind to yourself, give yourself some grace and know that I am praying for your peace and health. Much love to you all!