Hey friends, popping in to talk about something I, again, learned at training this past month (are you annoyed yet?) from an incredible therapist that came in to talk to us all about self-care 101!
First off, I hope you had a fantastic weekend! What did you do? I spent mine at a bachelorette party in Nashville and had an absolute blast – mainly because I saw some of my close friends from college that I haven’t been able to see if almost three years (ew… post-grad life)!
Regardless, I was a little drained after four full days of tackling Broadway, which is why I thought this topic was so fitting! I am obsessed with self-care and everything wellness, so whenever I have to opportunity to hear from the professionals, catch me here sharing it with ya’ll!
So I am going to break this post up into a few different topics, but for all my wellness fanatics (aka me), I think you might enjoy it. The woman that came to talk to us was phenomenal, to say to least, and she referred a few times to this cognitive triangle below:
Basically, she compared this diagram to the definition of holistic living, meaning that your actions, emotional and mental state are all interconnected. In order to be at your very best, you must refill each corner of the triangle daily. This entails fully recharging your mental batteries, because living your best life involves much more than drinking water, sleeping and eating, right?
This brings me to the very first self care topic: mental recharge. So how do you recharge? Like most situations, it’s extremely tailored to every individual, but I did get some great questions to consider that might lead us down the right path:
- What is the one thing you enjoy every day? Are you able to do it daily? Why or why not? What can you do to make time for this?
- If everything we feel stems from what we think and affects how we feel which affects the way we behavior, what is it that I thought that made me feel this way? Sometimes it’s not always the circumstance or situation, but the way we perceive it.
- How do you handle your emotions in a healthy way?
- How are you taking care of yourself physically, socially, intellectually, occupationally, spiritually (whatever that means to you) and financially?
- Think about your environment. Sometimes your mood or mental state depends on what or who you surround yourself with, are you in a good space?
Three Tips from Taylor
I crack myself up because none of these are original, but just things I’ve learned and successfully use to get my mind back to where it needs to be!
- Two-minute rule: David Allen’s bestselling book, Getting Things Done, explains the two-minute rule. Simply put, that if a task takes less than two minutes, then just do it. This eliminates procrastination, which reduces stress and allows you to stay on top of your ish. I found it so hard to decompress at night with a million tedious tasks at night, so I just get them out of the way!
- Commute with a purpose: As much as we all want to carve out time for ourselves, the reality is, sometimes we just can’t. One thing I can always count on, is my 15 minute ride to work each day and a 25 minute drive with rush hour traffic, the good things in life, am I right? Instead of getting frustrated or letting my mind race with things I need to get done, I list to a short podcast, call my parents or honestly, enjoy the silence.
- Don’t sacrifice you: So this is a little repeat from my stress management post, but no matter your job / obligations, set boundaries to preserve your balance. Blocking time is great, but sometimes it is only half the problem. Hold yourself accountable and make time for you to reset and restart!
That’s it! I hope you were able to take something away from this, like I was! Do you have any tips up your sleeve to recharge your mental health? Again, I am going to split this post into a few different topics, mainly because when I typed it all out, it was so long I didn’t even want to proof read it haha. ALSO I HAVE CRAZY NEWS FOR YOU ALL COMING SO SOON, so stay tuned!
Be confidently you,