Apr 18, 2016

MAKING ME A PRIORITY


Hey guys, Kristine here, not sure if you've noticed or not but it's been quite a while since I wrote my own blog post. Daphne has been taking care of the blog for a little over a month now, but I'm back now :)! For a good week or two I've been trying to figure out what post I should write, and just decided to do kind of a life update and I guess include some life tips as well. So let's get back on track shall we? 

I don't know what it is about the spring semester, but my mental health always goes on a downward spiral. Getting out of bed is harder, and finding the motivation to do my work gets tougher. This semester really kicked my ass, especially since it was during midterms that I got a job, and I had to go on a trip for training. It's been a month since I've been in my job and I'm still finding it hard to find time for myself and those around me. I'm on a schedule of work, school, homework. And by that I mean, when I'm not at work I'm at school, or I'm at home doing homework. Being in this cycle has me mentally and physically exhausted. I don't cook nutritious meals for myself anymore because they take too much time so I find myself sluggish. I go to sleep late so I wake up exhausted.

Although, I've been moping around and walking everywhere like a zombie, I decided that enough is enough. I need to make time for myself, if not, I'm going to keep falling deeper in this downward spiral. I'm essentially writing this post to keep that promise, because having it out in the world makes it more concrete. If that makes any sense, so I'm just going to share some tips that I'm going to have for myself, and hopefully you guys can get something out of it as well. And I would absolutely love if you guys shared some tips as well :) Let's keep the conversation going.


Get More Sleep 
Even while writing that one out, I laughed. It's no secret that I have a really hard time sleeping. And it's not because I'm keeping myself up watching Charmed or Daredevil on Netflix, it's literally because I. Can't. Sleep. It takes me forever to sleep, but what I've noticed for that past month is when I read right before bed for a good half hour to and hour, I sleep like a rock. I don't move, I don't wake up countless times, and I knock out very quickly. So this is me saying to do that more often. For those of you who don't read, find something you like to do that doesn't involve any technology and do that before bed. Whether it's journaling, knitting, or even meditating. Maybe even listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Catch those ZzZzZz's, getting the rest you need will definitely make you feel like a new person.


Make Those Meals 
I really need to start meal planning, I keep saying that I'm going to start and never do. With my recent job, it's been really hard trying to figure when and what to eat. So for the past month, I've just been eating out or just making some quick and easy pasta - like mac n cheese or tortellini. As a vegetarian, fast food doesn't have many options and the very few options that are available are not very healthy, so definitely going to get on the meal planning and start eating healthy again to stop feeling as sluggish as I've been feeling recently. Changing my eating habits will definitely help with that.


Go Out More & Try New Things 
Having social anxiety is no joke, and being someone who loves visiting new places it can get pretty difficult. I want to explore more, take pictures, and record those moments. But just going out and visiting somewhere new, even if it's something small, should definitely be done more often.

Finishing What I've Started
I'm not sure about you guys, but I rarely ever finish something that I start. And I've started a lot of projects, my mom still asks me about the scarf I was knitting for her 2 years ago. I need to stick to just one project at a time, and see its completion. I'm pretty sure the only thing I've finished have been the past 3 journals I've had.


Making Yourself a Priority 
Although it sounds selfish, it's probably one of the most selfless things to do. By putting yourself first and taking care of yourself, you'll become a livelier and positive person. You'll be radiating those vibes and everyone around you will become the same, even if for a moment. Do this for you. Be selfish, be happy, and find you again. Look after yourself, take care of yourself, find the time to be with yourself. Find new things to do, and continue doing the things you have a passion for. Continue to grow and learn, make yourself a priority and don't feel guilty about it. You deserve it.

These tips have been a bit of mix for both you guys as well as myself. I just want to apologize to both all of you, as well as Daphne, for being gone for so long, but I'm back and I'm not going to be going anywhere again anytime soon. Hope you're all having a lovely Monday, and remember you're all beautiful and wonderful!

xx, Kristine

2 comments

  1. Awh lots of love goes to you! Take care of yourself hun! It's so important! When I can't sleep at night I use the 4-7-8 meditation technique. It consists of inhaling for 4 seconds, starting with the stomach, holding it in until the 7th second and expiring all the air in one second, until the 8th second.
    Inhale in 1,2,3,4
    Hold it for 5, 6, 7
    Exhale at 8.
    Its like a 60 seconds sleep technique hahaha. Its relaxes me because I focus on breathing, and it can be done at any moment during the day. :)

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    1. Thank you!! And I'll definitely try that! I've heard so many different ways to try breathing exercises to sleep but they rarely ever work, but I'll definitely try this one!

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