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Self Care Leading into the Holiday Season: Part 2

November 29, 2018

Filed in: Lifestyle

It’s part 2 of the self care series! I know you typically see things about self care in January and February but we all know how busy December is and I thought what better time to share with you guys some tips that I use to keep me sane all year round, especially the holidays!

Community: This is definitely on the top of my list! Community is so important; I believe it helps your spiritual walk, your marriage, and so much more. Joshua & I are pretty involved in our home group through the local church that we go to and we love it. We are able to do life with these people. We see each other go through exciting times, frustrating times, hard times, and all of the in between. It truly has made not only our marriage better but my personal life better. I would highly suggest you find some sort of community. Whether it’s through church, work, creative groups, interest based groups, whatever.

 

Therapy/Mentorships: I never thought that I would talk about this in real life, yet alone a blog post. I am not a very open person in general especially online. Yes, I will share things about my marriage, life in general, and my job but you won’t find me talking about personal things online. It’s just not me. For those of you who don’t know Joshua and I have had a crazy 2018. Joshua’s parents were both diagnosed with cancer, we’ve had deaths in the family, and in our personal life we had 3 house floods, a house fire, and so much more. To say that it’s been a crazy and unexpected year is an understatement. In the middle of this year, I knew that I could not fight this battle alone. I wanted to find someone to talk to that could give me advice, encouragement, but mainly just someone to vent my frustration to. After lots of praying and talking to my husband, I sought out a mentor to help me along the way. My relationship with her has been great. We go get coffee, lunch, talk on the phone, etc. and it’s been life changing for me. I have also started seeing a therapist. And let me tell you – this was so hard for me to actually do. I thought that the only people that saw therapists were weak minded, but then I learned that going to therapy was actually pretty healthy. And after my first session, I felt SO MUCH BETTER. Ray of Hope Counseling Services is a therapy service in Georgia that I personally recommend because of their consistent professionalism across all of their locations and online services. It’s a place that makes you feel safe and they offer different types of therapy like individual, couple, family, and online therapy. If you’re hesitant to join therapy but are still curious, they have a blog that can offer resources for you as well as a section that allows you to learn more about each of their staff members. Ray of Hope counselors are super engaging and make you feel like your talking to an insightful friend instead of just a client.

Fitness/Running: So a lot of you know already know my running story (if you don’t, feel free to ask me!) but some sort of fitness or running is crucial in my everyday life. If I don’t exercise or run regularly my body will start to shut down. Running is my time to just shut out the rest of the world and have some alone time. I am able to take a break from life, work, emails, housework, and everything else and just slow down. We live in a golf course community now so my running looks a little bit different nowadays, but it is still something I love to do! Joshua and I (mostly Josh) are currently setting up our at home gym in the other side of our garage. I can’t wait to show it to you guys. On our list of equipment that we got, we got a running bike that we are using with the Echelon app and it has been amazing. I will be doing a full review on them later, but just an FYI. Check out their bikes and app – I LOVE them!

 

Quiet Time/Prayer/Relaxation: I know I have said this so many times during this one blog post but this truly is one of the most important things to me. I try to make it a habit daily to have quiet time. Whether this is doing a devotional, journaling, bible study, etc. There have been studies that if you start your morning each day with quiet time it will change the perspective of your entire day. This is so true! I have also stopped sleeping with my phone beside me. I was getting in the habit of every single morning checking my phone and I hated spending the first 5, 10, 15, 20 minutes scrolling Instagram, Facebook, and checking emails before I even got out of bed! I absolutely hated it. I try to go cell phone free after a certain time in the evenings and then start my morning off with quiet time before starting my entire day. It makes such a difference!

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this December self care series! Next week, I will be launching the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Him so be sure to be on the lookout for it!

M xo

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