Monday, September 14, 2015

10 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself

10 ways to take better care of yourself

I went on a walk in the rain today.  I did so because I promised the dog yesterday we would go.  Today it rained.  I didn't want to go but I did because I have not been taking care of myself lately.  I have let all the drama of the day take over.  I have been focused on the hustle.  Get all the stuff done!  This is a good thing but I feel awful.  I deserve to feel awesome and get everything done too.  I am going to do better and take better care of myself.  Here is how.
I wrote out a list in my bullet journal.

1.  Move Everyday

I sit a lot.  I have read that sitting is the new smoking.  I quit smoking and I would like to quit sitting.  I am going to go on a walk every day.  I need to leave the house and yard.  I have plans to build a standing desk but it won't be until November.  I would like to stretch every day too.  I am awful at stretching.  

2.  Good Food

This is probably the most important one.  I have been eating crap.  I have been eating good stuff from the garden but there has been so much dairy and gluten too.  These things are not good for me.  I know this.  I know I feel better when I eat less of it.  My problem is I am not planning.  Which means I am planning to fail.  I need to make meal plans and stick to them.  I will feel better and I bet I will lose weight which will make me happier too.

3.  Water, drink it

I used to be really really really good at this one...  I am a little embarrassed it made the list.  I would drink a gallon in a day.  Now maybe a few glasses are all I get.  This is no good!  I am sure this a big reason why I feel awful.  Our bodies need water.  I am going to keep my water jar on my desk and force myself to drink 3 of them.  I think this will be the easiest area for me to fix.

4.  Bath

I am a bad sleeper.  A bath before bed is one of the best ways for me to get ready for sleep.  I have these great bath salts that melt away everything.  I have not done this in months.  With the cooler weather coming I am sure a warm bath will be welcomed unlike during the hot summer we have had.

5.  Be Grateful

This one I have been doing almost daily. There is so much to be grateful for.  Breathing is impressive.  This planet we call home is amazing.  The list of things we should be thankful for is endless.  I feel much better in life when my heart is grateful.  I will keep making lists and saying them out loud.  Bonus points for telling them to other people.

6.  Silence/Breathe

My mind is a very loud place.  There are always thoughts buzzing.  Worries, concerns, ideas, plans, ect.  Some are good but a break is good too.  Today I was quiet for all of 5 minutes.  I set a timer.  It was the longest 5 minutes.  The buzz of thoughts finally died down near the end.  I was focused on my breath.  In and out.  I felt much calmer after.

7.  Pep Talks

This one is similar to gratefulness but these are directed at me.  I am pretty harsh with myself.  I say things to myself that I would never let anyone say to a friend.  Why should I be a bully to myself?  I will think of ways I am awesome and tell myself so.  I think I can be harshest about my body.  I need to remember how awesome it is I get a body!  One that can do almost anything I ask of it.  This is a blessing.

8.  Connect

I have been a bad friend these days.  I try to reach out and see people but I also suck at it.  Part of the problem is I have lots going on and when I am not busy I don't want to leave my house.  It's an extrovert who is also an introvert thing.  I love my peeps but I need a minute.  I have been attempting to make plans to see people and I will continue.  I have been texting people but that only gets you so far.  My tribe is important and I need to see them.

9.  Clear Space

My room is a mess.  It is extra bad now since I purged so much for the garage sale and there have been so many trips to pack for.  I think better in a clean space.  It is also so much easier to find things when they are put away.  This makes for a much happier girl.  I will at least get my desk cleared off.  This will make writing so much easier.

10.  Laugh

Last but not least laugh.  I get down when I am busy and forget to recharge.  Laughing helps cheer me up.  I found this amazing app, Crazy Heliumbooth, and you can make the funniest videos!  It swirls your face and changes your voice.  Makes me laugh every time!  Side splitting laughter.  I also like videos of animals being cute or babies laughing.  Always makes me happy.

This is what I do to take care of myself.  What do you do?  

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How to Deal with Information Overwhelm and FOMO (fear of missing out)

The last few weeks I have lost my way.  I was doing a great job working on my eworkbook, Bliss Questing, then I learned about Periscope. Cue the dramatic music.  Its a great app to see people live broadcast.  The “scope” can be watched live or on a rebroadcast but the rebroadcast only last 24 hours.  This is unless they save it and post it somewhere else.  I follow many entrepreneur encouragers.  Each scope was about how to improve your business.  The promise of secret information is too much for me to miss.  That’s when I fell down the rabbit hole. 

I was learning so much but I also had my phone going with scopes for up to 4 hours a day.  4 hours...  The problem with Periscope is that more than half of each scope is chit chat.  Which is nice, people can ask questions live.  These scopes were leading me to blog posts, webinars, podcasts, youtube videos and newsletters.  All of which I have to then read, listen to or watch.  Information with a time limit cause me extra stress.  “Must watch within 24!”  I know why this tactics is used but it is too much for me.  I was an information monster.  I filled half a spiral notebook with notes.  I couldnt miss anything or that lightbulb moment would be missed.  You know that little nugget of information you have waited your whole life to find and I would have missed it.  I have had a fear of missing something cool my whole life.  I am pretty sure this is why I have always been a bad sleeper.  What if something awesome happened and I was asleep and missed it.  Heartbreaking.  My mom told me about a segment she watched on the news about FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out, and I had one of those elusive lightbulb moments.  I have FOMO but good news I am not alone.  I need a change to save my sanity.  I would look for ways to avoid the overwhelm of information.  After all learning should be a gift and not a curse.  So I started with a list of overwhelmers.    

  • Periscope
  • Books
  • Newsletters
  • Creative live
  • Webinars
  • Email
  • Blog posts
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Facebook

Moving to the woods doesn’t need to be the only option to avoid information overload.  Someday when I live in the woods you better bet I will have the interwebs…  This week I have not watched one periscope or webinar.  I havent even checked my email.  I did this because at one point I had to stop learning and start doing.  I need to take care of my own business.  If there is a magic pill of information that I need in my life I have to trust it will find me at the right time. 

How to deal with FOMO
  • Make a list of areas that overwhelm you.  A free printable
  • Pick areas that are important to you.  Again no need to give up all the helpfulness that is out there.  Maybe pick just a few platforms to learn from or people.  Where do you learn the most?
  • Make a plan of when you will use these places and people to learn.
  • List of was to avoid information that isnt needed.
I love learning and it should enrich your life not make it stressful.  How do you deal with information overwhelm?