Yesterday I was supposed to go to a baby shower for a really sweet friend, but the kids had both been saying they weren’t feeling spectacular and some of their friends had been diagnosed with strep! Our sweet secretary had to take an afternoon off on Friday to take her kiddo to the doctor as well… more strep! So, I thought I would stay home instead of possibly pass along that nightmare to a pregnant lady and all her family and friends. Which, I hate missing a party but I felt better about not risking it!
In this post I would like to share with you, just a few ways I keep my mental health and emotional health strong! I have had more bad days lately, and I know that is because I have let myself get out of some of my good habits. I am working on getting back to them!
- Get OUTSIDE. Seems easy enough! The last week has been a giant rainy gross mess, and yesterday was too. Since we were trying to avoid other humans just to make sure none of us came down with strep, we decided to get OUTSIDE. We did an easy 1.5 mile hike on Petit Jean Mountain, in the thunder and rain. It was actually pretty glorious. It was Drake’s first time to hike off-leash, and he slipped off a rock and fell into the rushing creek, Andy had to jump in and save him before he got carried away by the rushing water! That was the only close call though, and yes, he went back on the least after that!
- EXERCISE. This is an area that I have really slacked off in for like…. the last year. I really hate myself for it but I also know I can’t beat myself up over what has already been done (or not done). I am working on it though, and with my membership at River Valley Fitness (including yoga classes!), walking around the neighborhood with my kids, and our home gym, I honestly have no excuse. Winter makes it really easy to stay inside on the warm comfy couch (currently binge watching Shameless). No more of that, though. The last two weeks I have made more of an effort to get moving! My apple watch helps me a LOT… since it dings all day telling me to get up, complete my exercise rings, stand up, etc.
- Take proper VITAMINS. This one is hard, I do great for a couple of days and then I forget. I am right now trying to take ALIVE! Women’s multi vitamin, D3, Fish Oil, and Collagen. This is the first time to try ALIVE! brand, so I’ll have to let you know how I like them. I did stupidly take one on an empty stomach last week and felt sick all day because of it. Not my smartest moment. The fish oil and D3 are just Spring Valley brand, available at most health food stores and walmart. I take NEOCELL Super Collagen+C and I love it. A long, long time ago, I wrote a different blog geared more toward family health and NEOCELL sent me a couple packages of their collagen chews. I have been a fan of their products ever since, they were delicious and I saw so much improvement in my hair and skin!
- WRITE. Easy peasy. Write down my dreams, goals, feelings, worries. Not as regularly as I should… I keep a small journal and I maybe write once or twice a year, but they’re long, long letters to myself and prayers to God.
- Find a Faith Community. I attend a downtown Episcopal church.. and I’m pretty plugged in. I serve in many ways and belong to a few small groups. But for you, that community could be AA, NA, a Buddhist temple, a yoga group, monthly meditation meeting.. whatever it is for you, find a group of likeminded, loving people to celebrate you and pray for you and be an anchor for you.
- Eat to LIVE, don’t live to EAT. Struggle bus over here. If you’ve known me a while, you know that I didn’t have super healthy habits. Then I became OBSESSED with health and fitness. And DANG I looked GOOD. My food and my exercise were all I had for a while. Then I found a group of people to love and cherish me, my husband came home from his overseas job, and I got a little relaxed with the health obsession. I have been at the complete oppositeend of the spectrum for about two years, honestly. I am working to find that healthy balance again. It isn’t easy… but then if it was, everyone would be perfectly balanced, right? I purchased a FitBook off Amazon and I started using it to keep track of my workouts, movements, moods, and macros. I haven’t really been IIFYM’ing it, but trying to eat smaller portions and semi log by gram.
During this sort of transitional part of the year (spring is coming, we are in the Lenten season, flowers may begin to bloom), how do you make sure you’re getting what you need both physically and emotionally? I would love to hear how you take care of yourself this time of year!