Photo an hour.
This is from Monday (yesterday!). Monday’s are my blog work/general self-care/whatever-I-need-it-to-be day. Clients are only seen Tuesday-Friday :)
8am (ish): Wake-up. I’m really proud of myself for getting adequate sleep lately. I spent from ages 15 to 25 sleep deprived. Now getting a minimum of 8 hours a night is a priority. Most nights I get 8-10 hours and, for me, it’s been helpful with lessening anxiety. I don’t think most people feel their best when they are sleep deprived.
Lately I’ve been trying to meditate. Right now all I can commit to is 5 minutes a day. Any longer and I won’t do it. I listen to The Jess Lively podcast and recently attended “Awareness at Home”, a virtual retreat she hosted. She talked about meditation practices she’s found most helpful so I’ve been doing the one she recommended.
Here’s my meditation routine:
Each morning I lay in bed or on the floor for 5 minutes after waking up. I use the Insight Timer App and divide 5 minutes up into 3 sessions, which are separated by a “ding” so I know when to move on to the next part:
- Focus on breathing (I make my exhales one count longer than my inhale. So inhale 1-2-3-4-5, exhale 1-2-3-4-5-6.)
- Repeat a positive affirmation of choice out loud (here are some body related ones if those are helpful for you)
- Visualize me going through my day and getting things done
9am: Make pudding and eat breakfast. I had a recipe I was working on that day and I needed to make the pudding so it could cool. For breakfast I had eggs + english muffin + cheese + raspberries + some pudding :)
10am: Get word from Blue Cross Blue Shield that I should be able to file claims for my clients without any problems. The hardest part about setting up my private practice has been getting everything set up with Blue Cross Blue Shield so I can file insurance claims for my clients. It’s important for me to accept insurance, because I know not everyone can afford my sessions. I’m not holding my breathe that everything is figured out, but I should know one way or the other by the end of the week. If you are one of the people on the list to work with me once I can file insurance claims, fingers crossed you’ll have an email from me soon!
11am: Shoot video recipe for the pudding recipe.
noon: Eat one of pudding recipes for a snack before physical therapy. I do not have a stomach of steel. If I eat a full lunch before moving I will feel like junk. I want to do a post on IBS and intuitive eating soon, but I’m honestly still forming my opinions on some things. For me, I believe my IBS is anxiety-related because on the weekends it magically goes away and is waiting for me again come Monday morning. In college I had a TON of GI tests done with my GI doc (including a colonoscopy and endoscopy around the age of 20). It annoys me that never once did my GI doc say, “hey girl, I think you have mad anxiety sometimes and once that is better managed your IBS symptoms will improve. I’m sorry we let your eating disorder talk us into doing a colonoscopy and endoscopy.” But of course, me being in my ED at the time, I wouldn’t have responded very well to that.
1pm: Drove to my physical therapy session for my knees + stopped by Goodwill on the way to drop off a bag of clothes.
I really like my physical therapist. When I get all “woe-is-me” about how my knees are never going to get better, she pulls me out of it! WHICH I NEED! Monday is also my day for zero makeup and I can’t complain.
2pm: Swing by Chick-fila for a late lunch and head to the office.
3pm: Talk with my therapist on Talkspace. Have you heard of Talkspace? If you’re interested in it, I’ll share a post about them. I’ve had a fabulous experience with it.
4pm: Respond to emails. Work on this post. Send emails for future blog stuff.
5pm: More of the above.
6pm: Head home. Decide that it’s fudge pop weather, so stop by the grocery store.
7pm: Andrew texts and says he needs to work late. So I’m on my own for dinner. Cooked dinner.
While dinner is cooking I realize I think doing a capsule closet post would be fun. So I start working on that.
8pm: Sat outside and enjoyed dinner. Then worked on this post, while Maggie played in the bushes. Sometimes I think about putting flower beds along our fence and ripping out all the messy bushes…but I think Maggie would be so sad about that. She loves pouncing on the bugs!
9pm: Ate a fudge pop outside. The weather is still INCREDIBLE.
9:30pm: Face mask + bath.
9:45pm: Andrew still wasn’t home. Thought to myself, “what the heck?! He’s gonna be exhausted when he gets home.” Called my sister to chat. Watercolored until I felt tired enough to head to bed :)