Man, oh man. At the end of every semester- EVERY. SINGLE. ONE- I think "Hooray! I'm going to have so much time to do all the things!" And I never have so much time to do all the things. All the things get pushed aside by all the upkeep- cleaning a 2,400 square foot house, keeping two small children and one husband alive, dealing with f*cked up plumbing, doing the budget, grocery shopping, laundry.... the list goes on and on.
One of the things I've tried to make a priority since my time in the adult behavioral hospital ward (the nice term for the looney bin. It's ok. I can call it that. I've been there!) is self-care. I came to realize that without SOME sort of self-care, there is no way I can keep up with life's demands. You can't pour from an empty cup. You just can't. Sometimes it's hard, but if you make it a priority, there is SOME sort of self-care you can slip into even the busiest days!
Here are my favorite bite-sized self-care activities- the ones I can keep up with at this super busy time.
1: Depression makes my hair fall out... But then I found Hair Skin Nails Nourishing Complex by IT Works!
Ok, so a little backstory- one of the physical symptoms of depression that I experience is hair loss. And I'm not talking normal, oh-some-strands-fall-out-in-the-shower hair loss, or even post-partum hair loss. I'm talking clumps. In particularly long depressive cycles, my hair comes out in chunks. I hate it. My hair is already super thin, so it's been a serious source of insecurity for me. I've been terrified of going bald, without having a badass story to go with it. I'm not the biggest fan of MLM companies, but I AM a big fan of my friends so I try to support them whenever possible. One of my long time girlfriends is selling IT works, and she had a special on these supplements. I jumped on it. I've tried essential oils, store bought supplements, diet changes.... nothing had stopped the most recent bout of shedding so I thought "what the hell?"
Oh. My. GOSH. I swear I'm not getting paid to say this, and I'm not selling the product- this is totally personal experience- This. Shit. Works. I don't know what they put in it that is so different from other supplements, but it has helped my hair SO much. In the 30 days I've been taking them, my hair feels stronger and thicker, it's grown at least an inch, and best of all: I am not losing NEARLY as much as I was! I still lose some strands in the shower or while brushing, but it is SO much better. I'm a huge fan. They don't taste super great, but that is my only teeny tiny complaint. I love these supplements. I'm signed on for 3 months, and I can't wait to compare my before and after photos!
2. I can't survive without a journal...
A couple of weeks ago, I used up the Moleskine that was serving as my current journal. I love my Moleskines, but I'm not very good at doing the bullet journal thing- where you number all the pages and have an index at the front that tells you where you can find all the different lists and entries you've made. So I decided to try a traveler's notebook style this time, and I am LOVING it. Journaling is one of my favorite coping tools. It helps me clear my mind and soul, and I never regret sitting down to write. I bought myself this Molly and Rex journal from Michael's and I am really digging having separate notebooks for all my different things. I have one for daily affirmations and journaling, one for journaling and tracking my yoga practice, and one for lists! I LOVE LISTS. Compulsive list making is a classic symptom of ADD, and I write lists for EVERYTHING. I love being able to look through one small notebook, rather than searching through a whole Moleskin. These were super reasonably priced, and I think I'll be sticking with this style for a while! I would like to find a nicer cover, though. As much as I consider myself a free spirit, I don't love that it says it on the cover. My options were limited though, and I love the color! (Click on the right to scroll through!)
3. These silly-but-totally-necessary-Maine stickers!
Joey and I are going to Maine next month- OMG I'M SO EXCITED I CAN HARDLY STAND IT- so I got these cute little stickers for my planner! They're from 989Designs on Etsy, and while they're just a small thing, putting them in my planner makes me smile every time. That's totally worth the price of shipping. :D Sometimes the tiniest treats can be the difference between a bad mood and a good one.
And speaking of Etsy, Balancing Malas is slowly, but surely, coming together! I can't wait to share it with you.
Until next time!