Hi guys! A year-ish ago I shared 13 of my favorite self care practices, now I wanted to share what I’m doing lately for self care. Just so you know, some of the below are affiliate links :)
Planning trips we may never take
I do this all the time! I love looking at all the houses on Airbnb and finding the prettiest. Sometimes I find a place so pretty that we just have to go. That’s what happened for the LA trip haha. That place was so dreamy!
I am such a huge Audible fan! I go through 1-2 books/month. I love knowing I have a book to listen to during the week while I drive, in between clients, or when cooking dinner in the evenings. I have never been a big reader and learn information way better when listening to it: audiobooks and podcasts for the win! Speaking of podcasts, I was on Georgie’s podcast recently!
Back to Audible, I recently read the below book. It talked a lot about the brain and how we can get stuck in unhelpful thought patterns, like we can train our brain into being more and more anxious. It was interesting! I liked it!
I go see a therapist when I feel I need to see a therapist. A good indicator for me is when I feel like I’m getting overly dependent on Andrew for my happiness. Recently I felt like I needed to talk with someone and I tried out TalkSpace. Talkspace offers therapy with a professional licensed therapist, anytime and anyplace, without having to wait a week for your next appointment. I’ve really liked it. Me and my therapist talk once a day (I just type a message for her and she responds promptly) and it’s really helpful just knowing there is someone there for me to talk to.
Some thoughts on TalkSpace:
It’s like a journal that talks back.
I really like writing instead of talking. I get nervous when I talk (even to friends) and feel like I lose track of what I’m trying to say. When I saw therapists face-to-face in the past I always felt like I was talking just to talk (…perhaps it just wasn’t the right therapist?). With Talkspace I get to make sure that the words I’m writing are exactly what I’m trying to communicate.
Also, it was hard for me to find a therapist in Houston since I collaborate with a lot of them concerning my clients.
So I’m a Talkspace fan! You can get $30 off TalkSpace Unlimited Messaging Therapy PLUS Plan with code DISCOUNT30.
Reaching out to people.
I’ve never been good about reaching out when I need support, so I have to be very intentional with this one. Lately I’ve been sure to schedule dates with friends and new friends when I feel there is an area I need support in. Probably will share more on this later without being so vague :)
Like I said above, I was recently on Georgie’s Podcast and she asked what I do for self care. While it’s always changing, as I learn more and more about myself, something I have been prioritizing in the last 6 months is sleep. At first I tracked my sleep for two weeks and saw I was getting 5 1/2 – 10 hours a sleep a night, slowly but surely I’ve transitioned to getting 8-9 hours each night.
Falling asleep is hard for me. I’ve been trying to explore why and I really think it’s because my anxiety is the highest first thing in the morning and when I get in bed at night I start thinking about having to wake up with it. Something I’m exploring with my therapist.
A blog reader reached out letting me know that her mom got her PhD studying the use of lavender essential oil and sleep. She was so kind and sent me some lavender essential oil patches to try out. If you want to try them, you can order them here and read the research on them here. They found a connection between inhaling lavender and falling asleep easier, waking up less during the night, and feeling more rested in the morning. I find being very intentional and mindful with my bedroom routine is helpful, so occasional essential oil patches are helpful in that! Other things I’m doing: making my bed (most) mornings (to make it cozy!), getting into bed around 10:30pm each night, and using a meditation app to help me fall asleep. The meditation app I use is my next self care practice below!
Insight Timer App
I have been getting more and more into meditation and am currently working hard at having a daily practice. The Insight Timer App has SO many guided meditations to choose from. For right now, I’m really enjoying guided meditations rather than just laying down and focusing on breath.
I just haven’t felt like cooking lately. I think one thing contributing to this has been while getting the private practice started I’ve been go-go-go and cooking hasn’t felt very soothing. I’m happy things are calming down now, but I’ve been enjoying grocery shopping less and eating out more during this season of life!
Finding (new) joyful movements
I’m always changing up my movement. Currently the things making me feel the best are swimming (it feels so great to stretch out after work somedays) and ropes!
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post! It’s something new!!!