Life As We Know It

Hi everyone!

It’s 9:30 p.m. (eastern time) here in Michigan.  Bryan and I are settling in for the evening, watching some Tigers baseball, GO TIGERS (sorry I had to).  It’s actually really weird here right now because our little Summer is getting spayed and is at the vet for the night so our house feels completely empty! If you didn’t read the About Me page, Summer is my dog but she is more like my baby.  I had to drop her off this morning for surgery and I cried, multiple times.  Yes, I am that dog owner.  But I can’t help it.  We have spent a very limited time away from each other and the few times we have, it has been nothing but heartache.  Thankfully I will be picking her up in the morning as soon as they open.

Although I have nothing tangible to share with you tonight, I would like to share something I learned a few weeks ago that has had an affect on me and I hope it would do the same for you as well!  These days people have so much going on that it is causing major stress problems.  Believe it or not stress can have a huge impact on your health and mental well being.  So what can we do about it?  I saw this awesome pin on Pinterest a few weeks ago that discussed the benefits of mental planning.  What is mental planning you ask?  Well, it can be as simple as mentally going over your goals for a day, or giving yourself a mental pep talk (and that’s just skimming the surface).

Because of this newly learned information, I have started a morning routine for the past few weeks and it has really been helping me organize and better plan my day (without the stress).  Here is the gist, by the way you’ll soon find out that I am a step by step type of girl.

Step 1:  When you wake up, before the morning shower and other routines, drink a glass of cool water.  I know this sounds odd but believe it or not, a glass of water in the morning can help you focus and can wake you up even more than a cup of Joe can.  (Whoa whoa calm down, no one said you couldn’t have your coffee).

Step 2: Grab you’re coffee (see, as promised) and head to your favorite spot in the house, the place where you can get just one moment of peace.  For me that would be my back porch.

Step 3: While you are sipping on your coffee think of the three most important goals you have for the day.  That’s it.  Only three.  We make the mistake of thinking we must get everything done all in one day, and because we are so stressed we end up getting little to nothing done.  This is a recipe for disaster, no matter how awesome you are at multi-tasking.  Just learn to take it three at a time and before you know it you will be less stressed out and accomplish everything you need to (without the worry).

I found this on Pinterest (yes I am addicted, no I don’t need a support group) and thought it was worth sharing.  For some reason this country has taught us to believe that taking breaks=laziness.  This is completely untrue, in fact breaks not only help us refocus but they actually give us the boost we need to come back to a project with more motivation then we had before.  So remember, breaks are not illegal, but should be encouraged.

Finding ways to reduce stress #RxWiki The impact and importance of Communal Healing   Image credit goes to Katherine A.

My main point?  Slow down, mentally plan, and take more breaks.  By doing these things you will ditch the stress and grab a hold of your confidence.  Remember, you are awesome!  You just need to believe it.  Well, that’s it for tonight.  As always, thanks for reading and remember to keep your everyday charming!

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