Tag: stress

#11 – Journaling It Out #selfcare #2019

I know that journaling is a great thing to do.

A place to jot down things you don’t want to forget and even solve issues you may be having.

I loved having a diary as a kid until certain circumstances forced me to start keeping my thoughts safely bottled up in my head instead of on the pages of a notebook.

I’ve realized that journaling is not just about “Dear Diary” – it can be anything I want it to be.

Some days, it’s simply emptying my brain on Morning Pages or jotting down things that I am grateful. Other days, it’s a list of tiny things to celebrate or a list of things I aspire to accomplish during the day.

Fifteen minutes a day before getting out of bed has been a great way to start the day with a clearer mind and lighter spirit.

If you try it, you might be surprised at how much you like it.

Do you keep a journal?

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#10 – Cleaning Up Social Media Feeds #lessstress #2019 #selfcare

I’ve made a lot of friends via WordPress.

Getting to know you, having wonderful exchanges and reading your blogs has been great.

But trying to follow and read hundreds of blogs was not sustainable. I’ve written more than once about feeling guilty when I couldn’t keep up. I still feel guilty sometimes.

Over the years, I’ve trimmed my lists on WP, Twitter and eventually I will eventually tackle Instagram. But right now, I’m making it a habit to think twice before following a new feed and deleting those that I never have a chance to truly enjoy. And I’ve removed the few “celebrities” I follow (except for 3 very goodlooking ones 🙂 ) because let’s face it, celebrities are not adding any added-value to my life, right?

By cleaning up my social media feeds, I feel less like I am simply “scrolling” and more like I am enjoying the posts that mean more to me, like those of “real” people like you.

How often do you clean up your social media feeds? Do you feel overwhelmed by it all?

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#9 – Stop Multitasking #lessstress #2019 #selfcare

I was the Queen of multitasking.

Doing too many things and going too fast, literally falling over my own two feet, more than once. And the last time I did, I ended up with my left hand in a splint for almost two months.

It was the universe’s way of telling me that I was doing too much.

With only one functioning hand, I was forced to stop multitasking. Washing dishes, doing my hair and even tying my shoes was a challenge. For certain things, I had to ask someone for help, simply not do something at all or I had to slow my pace down.

The positive side is that I learned the beauty of concentrating on one thing at a time, being mindful and in the present – definitely something I’ll be taking into the new year.

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#8 – Avoiding The Dirty Dozen #lessstress #2019 #selfcare

Avoiding all chemicals and toxins around me is next to impossible but I’ve been trying to reduce my exposure to the little things I can think of and where I can.

It’s been a while now that I’ve been making my own toothpaste, using natural soaps and paraben/sulphate-free hair products. But I would like to step it up a notch by tackling the “dirty dozen” in the new year.

This reference speaks to the “Dirty Dozen.” There are tons of other articles online about DD.

Toxic chemicals to avoid in body/skin care products. Always read the labels, even if it says it's 'organic' or 'natural!'

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With the rise of people I see suffering from allergies, diseases and memory loss, I am convinced that all of the toxins and chemicals in our foods and products are making life worse.

I’ll do what I can where it makes sense for me.

What about you?

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#7 – Self-Indulgent Sundays #lessstress #2019 #selfcare

Related to my last post, I’ve started making Sundays my “reset” before the upcoming week. A day to self-indulge and keep things simple…

A little extra sleep-in. A longer hot shower that I can’t indulge in during the weekdays. A deep conditioning hair treatment. A thorough facial care routine including a clay mask. Crawling into a fresh pair of pyjamas and sipping on a strong cup of coffee while reading a book. Planning out my week in my passion planner with a handful of colorful highlighters. Staying off the internet and avoiding the cell phone.

What self-indulgent things would you like to make a habit in 2019?

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#6 – Disconnect More #selfcare #lesstress #2019

I love reading blogs, I am semi-addicted to #writingcommunity threads on Twitter and I adore pretty photos on Instagram.

But some of my most “zen” days have been those when I have been disconnected from the internet, like when I’m on vacation with limited wifi connection or when the electricity goes out due to bad weather.

Am I the only one who loves surfing the web but who also loves when I’m forced to “disconnect”?

I’ve started unplugging on Sundays and totally on purpose, not even to pay or research online.

Instead, I’ve been reading, journaling and planning my week in my agenda and I’m looking forward to many more Sundays liek this.

How often do you disconnect from online?

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#5 – Master the Art of Underachieving #selfcare #lesstress #2019

I won’t lie, it feels fantastic to tick off a bunch of things from my to-do list by the end of a day.

It gives me a rush.

But by the end of a long list, my brain is melted or I end up feeling like a failure because if I didn’t get everything done.

For the past weeks, I have been pairing my list down to one or two things per day, like paying my online bills or cleaning the bathroom. Even making the bed (which I find a chore) can be a “thing” on the list.

I can be assured that I will finish those few items but I am also assured a sense of accomplishment.

I never thought that mastering the art of underachievement could be a good thing…but it has been.

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