It’s Friday and I couldn’t be happier. Not only because the weekend is here and I get to hang out with my favorite guys, but because I’ve made some small changes to my daily routine throughout the week that have had a big impact on my overall health. I’m usually exhausted by Friday and desperate for the reprieve the weekend brings, but today, I’m feeling much better than I have in a long time.
It all started on Monday. I had taken the day off of work to complete my annual wellness visits with various doctors. At each visit, I was forced to face the hard truth that I have not been taking very good care of myself. The most crushing news came from my primary care physician: I’ve gained about 20 pounds since my big move. It’s not that I didn’t know; there aren’t many clothes in my closet that can still fit and the ones that do feel tight and uncomfortable. Its just been easier to ignore. Until now. Realizing that my first day off of work in four months really wasn’t a day off, I took a mental health day on Tuesday and by Wednesday, I started feeling better. I’ve been intentional about practicing self-care since then, whether it’s placing my phone face down for a few minutes, waking up earlier, gifting myself a series of dance classes or not stressing out about my post schedule.
Side bar: I can be really uptight about my little corner of the Internet. I draft several posts that go unfinished and unpublished, including two this week, because I let my anxiety get the better of me. I started this blog as a hobby, which can be a form of self-care, and I’m recommitting to treating it as such. 🗣 Internet, you can count on me to post at least three times a week starting on Monday!
To support my self-care goals, Avon suggested a Saturday morning hike at Crowders Mountain State Park. I’m not very outdoorsy, having lived in New York City for most of my life, but I’m open to trying something new. If nothing else, it’ll provide an excellent backdrop for the photos I plan to take and post online using the hashtags. #startedfromthebottom and #nowwehere.
I kid, I kid.
What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever they are, hope it’s a great one!