Self Care in Blogging and Business (Plus 5 Tips You Can Try!)

 

Life can get stressful & it can be hard to prioritize "you". But it's important, so I'm talking about why I think so & share my top 5 tips to self care!Let’s be honest, life can get pretty busy sometimes. Overwhelmingly so. Whether you are just getting started on your blog or business or you’ve been going strong for years, you have a lot of responsibilities….a lot of things you have to get done and so little time to do them. I could go on, but you all get what I’m saying, right?

So what happens? You have to give somewhere, let something go. And more often than not, that something is yourself. Now, I’m not talking sweatpants, messy hair, no make-up kind of letting yourself go (though that can definitely play a part in this) I’m talking about not doing the things that fulfill you or allow you to relax, whatever those things are. It can be a difficult thing to prioritize yourself when you have so many other things to take care of! I mean, those things can come later, right? I can’t go out to this movie when I have this blog post to write, products to make and a house to clean! I can do it later, when things are less busy. So your self care gets pushed to the side to make room for the “important” things.

Only things really aren’t ever going to be less busy. There are going to be times where things slow down for just a bit, but usually those things are then filled in with something else that will fill up your time. It’s a pretty serious cycle and one that can get out of control really quickly.fstockphotosb-9

And this is something that I have been struggling a lot with. I had slid into this cycle without even realizing it. I knew I was busy, and getting busier…but I had no idea just how little down-time I was taking until the end of last week. I kept telling myself that I had to get all of these things done right now and it’s just the price I had to pay right now to get my business going and make improvements to the blog. That it was temporary.

I’m going to get really honest with you right now. I was probably on the verge of a breakdown at the end of last week. I was stressed, not sleeping well, getting frustrated at Draz over things that never bother me normally and taking things personally when I knew they weren’t meant that way. I was feeling run down, my workouts (when they were happening at all) were sub-par. From the time I woke up to the time I went to bed I was working or busy in some form. I would guess that there was less than 1 hour in each waking day that I was not working or thinking about working, or mentally creating the next blog post, etc.

It took a near-fight with Draz over something absolutely ridiculous and a couple pointed statements from him to wake me up and make me realize what I have been doing to myself. And this is going to sound silly, but the one that affected me the most was “When was the last time you took a long bath?” Now, this might not sound like a big deal, but let me give you some context:

I used to take a long bubble bath once a week….just me, my book, some music and some candles. That was my rejuvenation time, no matter what else was going on. I counted this as an important part of my self care. And you know how long it’s been since I’ve done that? 6 months – a year. That’s right. Something I used to do weekly as my self care has been so completely pushed out that I can’t even remember when I took one last.

You may not care about long baths. And that’s all fine (though seriously, they are pretty awesome). But is there something that you care about, something that rejuvenates or fulfills you, that you haven’t done for a long time? When was the last time you did some self care? Can you remember? I know I have a few items on that list…the bubble baths, making artwork just for me, taking the dogs for a long walk, watching a movie without working on something at the same time.

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Draz and I taking the dogs out for a long walk right after we got Crystal. We haven’t done this in a LONG time.

And I’m going to be making sure to get more of that time in, even if that means some of my business goals take slightly longer to be completed. It’s not going to matter when I launch my business if I’m rundown, sick and unhappy when I finally do. So there will be more walks, more art that’s just mine, and definitely more bubble baths. Draz and I already did a bit of this over the weekend…a wonderful at-home movie date, with popcorn and everything! I left my phone across the room with the sound turned off and didn’t worry about what blog or business tasks I needed to work on. And you know what, the blog didn’t disappear! My progress on my business didn’t disappear! And this is something I need to remember and take to heart. Self care is important, essential even. This isn’t the first time I’ve come to this realization and prioritized myself, as you may have saw in my Journey to Happiness post. But sometimes even when we know this lesson, it can be…well, not really forgotten, but set aside.

That’s why this post is coming to you on a Wednesday. I have decided that while I work on launching the business side of things, I am going to cut down to 3 posts a week. So you can now expect to see posts on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. I hope at some point to go back to 4 posts a week (and there might be more occasionally!) but for now I need to focus on creating quality content while still allowing a little more time for self care.

So what are some things that you can do for self care? Well, a lot of that is pretty personal, but there are some that I think are pretty much universal for bloggers and business owners.Wonderlass Stock Photo 2a

5 Easy Things You Can Do For Self Care

  1. Step away from social media – For a few hours, a day, or a week, stepping away from all social media can be a really good thing.
  2. Get outside – Go for a walk or a hike!

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    My favorite place to get outdoors AND get away from social media!
  3. Go out with friends – Blogging and running a business can be very isolating sometimes. Meeting up with friends in person can be very rejuvenating.

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    To a Farmer’s Market maybe?
  4. Get dressed up – I don’t mean fancy dinner party dressed up. But a nice shirt and pants, or maybe do your hair and makeup. Do whatever will make you feel more confident and put together. I know that when I’m working at home my tendency is to be in a kinda torn up, too big t-shirt and jeans, so this is something I need to work on myself.make-up, self care
  5. Exercise – It can be easy to be inactive or get caught up with your work when you work from home. Exercise can be so helpful and make you feel so much better!

If you would like to read more on this topic or just get some fun ideas for self care, self love and a whole lot of other topics, here are a couple of my favorite resources!

I hope that you always remember to take a look at your schedule and make sure to put some time for yourself in there! Is self care something you’ve struggled with? I would love to know how you have dealt with this, so please leave a comment below!

Sara

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Sunday Meal Prep: February 7, 2016

(Note: Sorry for the delay. I had some technical difficulties. Hopefully we have gotten them solved.)

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Things are going pretty well here, except for my body seeming to turn on me 🙁 My back is doing quite a bit better (yay!!) but now I’m fighting a rather nasty sore throat. So since I’m not feeling all that great, today’s post is going to get right to the point.

Enjoy!

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Spicy Chicken in Tomatoes 

Red Curry Lentils 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: Island Style

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

Sunflower and Oat Energy Balls

Sorry for the short (and late) post today! But keep an eye out for a post later this week…I have something exciting for you guys!

Did you do meal prep today? What did you cook? I would love to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment below!

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Want to get started meal prepping yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!

 

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Friday Favs: February 5, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week! Here’s the awesome links I found this week! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Playing with angles – my favorite picture from this week of a sculpture in downtown Ames, IA

Recipes

Homemade Spicy Ramen with Tofu from Pinch of Yum – This sounds freakin’ delicious! I actually haven’t cooked with tofu yet and this recipe might be changing that.

Spinach Chana Dal from 100 Days of Real Food – So you might have noticed that I have started really getting into cooking Indian food lately…like all the others, this one sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to give it a try!

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken and Veggie Rice Bowls from Cooking Classy – This sounds so tasty! I’ve never made my own teriyaki sauce before and I really love her point about food in bowls just being awesome in general 🙂

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce from Skinnytaste – These sound delicious! I’ve never cooked with shrimp…honestly it makes me kinda nervous. But these sound like a great introduction to them!

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers {Lightened Up} from Organize Yourself Skinny – Slow cooker and tasty sandwich?! This sounds perfect to me! We are definitely going to make this in the future!

Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites from Half Baked Harvest – I have heard of of using cauliflower as a substitute for chicken for buffalo “wings” but haven’t really looked up any recipes. Well that is different now! I can’t wait to try these!

Game Day White Chicken Chili from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen – I have plenty of chili recipes, but no good chicken chili ones. This sounds super tasty!

Breakfast Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Sauce from Pinch of Yum – As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we have a bit of an enchilada obsession over here…And I love any and all breakfast foods! This combination sounds just about perfect for us!

Peanut Butter Flourless Chocolate Cake from Gimme Some Oven – Ahhh…Peanut butter and chocolate. The perfect match. With my birthday coming up, this beautiful cake needs to be made!

Home and Decor

On Starting a Garden from The Small Things Blog – I love reading about new gardeners! You may remember that I did a small gardening experiment last spring/summer. What she is talking about doing for her garden sounds like what I would like to try this year!

Art and DIY

Personalized Gift Wrap from A Thoughtful Place –

Fitness

3 Shoulder & Back Strengthening Exercises I Learned in PT from Working Out and Eating In – Ok, so those of you who have been following me for a while might remember that I have a lot of problems with my back, even ending up in PT myself a few months ago. However, these 3 exercises are ones I didn’t learn in my PT and are definitely ones I am going to try out!

Blogging and Business

How to Make Your Blog Posts Stand Out from A Girl, Obsessed – This article has some great tips, including two that I really want to work on!

Ten Tips for Flay Lay Photography from A Girl, Obsessed – She is just killin’ these articles this week! (As she is most weeks) Photography is something I am really trying to work on and I hope to try out some of the tips in this article.

5 Best Pieces of Advice When Starting a Business from Goodbeads – I love this! As someone who is working towards launching a business soon (more on that to come), she has some great pieces of advice…the first and last ones I will probably have to remind myself on a regular basis!

The Blogger’s Guide to Networking from damask love – As something I have a hard time with and not many opportunities to practice, this is a great read!

Life

10 Things I’ve Learned Since Becoming An Adult from Dizzybrunette3 – With my birthday coming up later this month, this so hits close to home! (Plus, keep an eye out for a post I have planned that is similar to this on my birthday!)

5 Ways to Make Sure You Have a Good Day from Barefoot Blonde – Amber’s post is too cute and I love the idea of the 30 min power clean!

What to do After You Pay Off Debt from Making Sense of Cents – I’m not even close to paying off my debt, but this is a great article on what to do if I ever do!

This is 29 from Racing Bananas – Another post that really hits home with my 29th birthday coming up! I love how they had a pretty low key and relaxing celebration. Plus I’m kinda envious of that dog park!

5 Things I Do to Keep Meal Prep Simple from Organize Yourself Skinny – I love the tips she puts here, many of which I do myself! If you are looking at starting or simplifying your meal prep, this is a great read!

Cooking Date Night from Cupcakes & Cashmere – Draz and I work together, so this article has a particular draw for me. Creating a dedicated “date time” on a regular basis is something we could probably work on and this is a great idea for one type of date night!

I would love to hear what fun articles you found this week, so leave a link to one below! Or from an article from your blog from this week! I would love to hear from you and check out what you think and like!

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