Hi friends! It’s Friday (big sigh…)! I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that Friday, and the weekend, has arrived! It has been a long & tiring week! My brain has been a bit fried this week, my sinuses are rebelling, and sleep has been a long lost friend. So! I’m feeling a little less inspired than usual and I’ve, reluctantly, been a little quieter on the blogging front. I do have plenty of ideas for the upcoming weeks, but for today we’re just going to keep it simple and talk about intentionally taking care of YOU!
I’m a go-getter. I like to fill my calendar with things to do, I am a huge list maker and regularly fill my to-do list with more than I can accomplish (I’m okay with that…it keeps me motivated and I know from the start that I won’t accomplish everything!).
I multi-task everything! If I’m waiting for a pot of water to boil (which, admittedly, is a rare activity for me), I’m cleaning up the counters, or catching up on social media, or updating one of my multitude of lists! If I’m “watching” TV, I’m never just sitting there like a bump on a log with my eyes glued to the screen. I’m writing a blog post, reading emails, working on a crafty project, basically…something!
It’s not that I’m overflowing with energy, it’s just that I have so many things that I love to do and so many things that I feel like I need to be doing that I find it hard to just sit and relax and focus on one single thing. What can I say…I’m good at multi-tasking and I enjoy it!
[I am a member of Massage Envy, so I do take time to get a massage once a month which is amazing. I also take time to work out, so I do get physical and mental releases :)].
I don’t get sick that often (seriously, like rarely!) and I’m very grateful for that, but when I do start feeling under the weather, it’s hard for me to slow down and take it easy.
I’m trying to be better at listening to my body and doing what it’s telling me it needs instead of letting my brain override it and push through with my detailed to-do list.
It’s not easy.
This week has been a test for me! I’ve had very busy weekends the past few weeks, I’ve been taking an amazing blogging workshop, I’ve started working on ideas for hand made Christmas gifts, and I do work full time.
I’ve been getting up early before work to do things, staying up late into the night to finish things, and I’m starting to feel the constant on-the-go.
To make matters worse, I also have crappy sinuses…thanks to my job right out of college where I traveled almost every week, for about 3 years! That much flying, especially with the occasional head cold does a number on your sinuses, let me tell ya!!
So…this week, between the stress, the lack of sleep, and probably the January temperatures that have descended on Connecticut, I”m physically feeling a little worn down and crappy!
Basically, my body is SCREAMING for a break!
I don’t do breaks well!!
Tonight, I was supposed to hang out with one of my very dear friends. We were going to have a long overdue crafty night! I’ve been so looking forward to it!! But, when I woke up this morning, my body was begging me to cancel and plan an early night to bed.
Finally, I decided to listen to my body and I emailed my friend and told her the situation. Fortunately, she’s awesome and amazing (which is why I love her so much!) and she totally understood.
So, today, I’m skipping the gym during lunch (and writing up this post instead!) and tonight, I’m going to wrap up in a cozy blanket in my warmest PJs, watch an early movie (or a Gilmore Girls marathon), eat some comfort food, and go to bed early!!
Sometimes you just have to choose to listen to your body in order to take the best care of yourself!
With the holidays quickly arriving, things are going to start getting crazy busy! Parties, shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping gifts, etc.! All of this on top of everything else that you normally do means you’re going to hit that wall at some point during the season (I promise!!). When you do, I strongly encourage you to listen to what your body is telling you it needs and honor it. You might have to say ‘no’ to something, but in the end you’ll be in better shape for everything else that follows!
Stay healthy, stay strong, and stay happy, friends!