October 1, 2018 Self Care October Intentions IMAGE VIA September went by in a blink of an eye. We had three trips to three different cities and I think all that travel just made the month fly by. Upon landing in Chicago yesterday, I was itching for a reset. I was feeling worn down. My throat started having a little tickle, I was tired (still am), and overall, I just felt like October needed to be different. While I wouldn’t change anything about last month—I got to see family during every single one of those trips—I’m pretty excited that other than one night, I’ll be in Chicago the entire month. I got out of my good habits last month and I can feel the effects, so this month is all about falling back into better habits, getting rest and reducing stress. I haven’t done an intentions post like this, but I’m hoping that if I write it down, you guys hold me to it! Or at least, I’ll have something to refer back to when I start picking up old habits. October Intentions Attitude Adjustment It’s pretty wild how much our own attitude can impact us. The past few months, I’ve been struggling to find balance between work life and family/social life. Rob’s been having to work more than normal as one of his team members is out on maternity leave through the end of the year, and too many nights I’ve let my frustration get the best of me. I’ve been negative about a lot of things too. Our apartment being on the 3rd floor, the fact that winter is quickly approaching. And it’s really affecting how I feel. My energy is down, I feel tired and sluggish and yes, I am still working on some health issues that ae playing a big part in my energy, but instead of being proactive and doing what I know I should do, I mope and feel bad for myself instead of taking action. So, this month I’m focusing on being positive. Finding the silver lining and taking the high road. Healthy Sleep I’ve been reading “How to Be Well” and the section that’s really been incredibly interesting to me lately is sleep. I know sleep is good for us, but lately, I think I’d forgotten just how essential it is to my health, my mood and just about every single thing in my life. So, I’m working on adjusting my sleep habits and creating healthier routines that make falling and staying asleep easier. One of the biggest tips in that book was that our bodies circadian rhythm is set by our exposure to light. With bright lights, blue light from laptops and phones and city lights all around us, it’s hard to get away from it! A few things I’m doing: Turning off excess lights (I’m planning on having dimmers installed asap!), turning off the TV (or at least going to my room if Rob is still watching) by 9:30, and putting my phone on silent and face down at the same time. I also try to go to bed at the same time every night, though, it’s usually a bit later on the weekends. We set the temperature to 69 degrees at night, make our room very dark and turn on a sound machine (we love this one), which sets the scene for a good night’s sleep! It’s so easy to get sucked into scrolling Instagram, checking emails or making to-do lists at this time of night, but instead, I’m trying to do all of that earlier so that when 9:30 hits, it’s all about relaxing, doing my nightly skincare routine and reading a book that’s not super stimulating before drifting off. I’ve read that it’s actually pretty easy to get your sleep routine back on schedule if you’re diligent about it, so that’s promising. More to come on that soon! Move More Last week I ordered the new FitBit Charge 3 which launches in a week and I’m really excited about it! Do you have one?! It tracks steps, floors climbed and your sleep, which I’m really interested to learn more about, and even feminine health which is pretty cool! We do a lot of walking already, but I know that I could be doing more each day and I’m excited to have something that keeps me accountable! My sisters also said that you can make friends with other people on the app and since they both have one and are both really active, I’m hoping they kick my butt into action too. Right now I see my trainer once a week and then just do a lot of walking, but my goal for October is to go to the gym one more time a week and also get in a yoga class on the weekends. It’s not a huge fitness goal, but hey, little steps make a big difference, right?! Gut Health I’ve talked about gut health a lot, and since our health and immunity stems from our gut health, this remains a top priority. With all of our travel, I got in a bad habit of eating more dairy and gluten than I’d like and I feel the effects. I’m more tired, feel foggy and sluggish and it sucks. But, the good news is that I know exactly how to fix it. My mornings start with celery juice on an empty stomach, a nutty smoothie that’s full of protein and healthy fat, plus a meal with eggs, greens and avocado. I’m aiming to get in more veggies in all my meals this month because I wasn’t that great about it last month. I mean, I was still eating them, just not as many at each meal as I’d like! Sort of tying into gut health, but more energy, I’ve been bad about eating at random times and I know it’s affecting my blood sugar. To get things back in shape, I’ve set alarms on my phone for healthy snacks between meals to keep my blood sugar balanced and banish my adrenal fatigue and brain fog. Let Go Ugh, this one is a constant battle for me. I feel like I’m just a naturally stressed out person. A big part of that is that I’m still trying to figure out how to be a mom and also run a business at the same time. The reality is that I can’t do as much as I used to, and I’m slowly starting to be okay with that. Lately, blogging just hasn’t been as fun, and I blame a big part of that on Instagram. When I first started blogging, Instagram wasn’t really a thing, and now it’s THE thing. And it’s a beat down for me and here’s why. With algorithm changes, it benefits me to be active on Instagram, to post on stories, post often, comment, respond to messages (and quickly), but I don’t have the time. Nor is this how I want to spend my time! I have a kid that I’m home with most days and I HATE being on my phone or computer when I’m with him. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t affecting my business, and I hate that it does. But on the flip side…. I know that when I look back at Owen’s first years of life, I’m not going to regret putting my phone down and playing with him or taking him to the park. I know I’ll never look back and think wow, I really wish I would have spent more time on Instagram! But despite all that, Instagram is a part of my business and it’s been tough for me to find the balance. If it was totally up to me, I’d love it if Instagram went away and blogging went back to being all about writing and sharing real stuff. Obviously I still do that, but Instagram tends to overshadow it, or at least it feels that way to me. I’m trying to just let it go, and I think I’m doing a better job. I no longer feel bad for myself when a photo doesn’t perform well or if I forget to post for 3 days in a row because I’m doing stuff with my family. At the end of the day, that’s what’s most meaningful and most important to me and makes me feel happiest! Chill Lastly—I’m hoping to just chill this month. I’m not the best at relaxing and unwinding, but when I do take the time to do it, everything else in my life feels less hectic. This will probably involve more tech free nights, girl’s nights where we don’t talk about work, meditating, a date night with Rob and time spent doing stuff I’ve been wanting to do like decorate our house or trim up my house plants. Wish me luck! Does anyone else feel like they need a bit of a reset this month? What are you focusing on to better yourself?! BTW, 10 things healthy people don’t do before bed, and how to be okay with where you are right now.