I’m turning 30 in just two short weeks.
With that, I figured now is as good time as any to jump on the self-care & self-love bandwagon. Or rather, its a good time to stick to it. I’ve done whole30s, I work out regularly, but I don’t always do these things consistently or sometimes I struggle with balance. I’m guilty of letting a bad day at work affect my productivity when I get home, or a bad week at work throw off my healthy eating habits for days. I sometimes want to reward myself with food or sweatpants immediately when I get home, and I shouldn’t.
So far in 2017, I’ve been attacking each day with more intent & purpose, I try to say “no” with more ease when it comes to things I don’t want to do, and I try to say “yes” with more ease when it comes to doing things for myself. A couple of things that have helped me along the way:
1. After a three year hiatus from yoga in general, I signed back up for a hot yoga membership. Although I spent a few minutes just comparing this new place to my old studio and listing off the things I missed about it, I realized that at this moment, this is the studio for me & what I want. I wanted to get back into classes of some sort, but I was torn on what I wanted: cycling, barre, yoga? Its silly to spend money on a spin membership when I was just given a $600 bike, so that’s out. My new studio offers both hot yoga AND hot barre, so there’s my answer! I get both for the price of one. And I love it. I convinced my friend Kandis to try it with me, and she went from “really wanting to say no” to loving it. Success!
2. I found a new, local juice bar and I use this to my advantage when I’m running behind but still need a healthy breakfast. North End Juice Co. opened up a couple of months ago and I love starting my mornings with a quick trip here rather than the always-grumpy, overpriced local market. My go-to is the Ernie McCrackin acai bowl! I am obsessed.
3. Taking my vitamins. I love a good gummy multivitamin as good as the next person, but once my bottle ran out last, I never picked up more and it never really phases me until AFTER I get home from my weekly Target runs. I found out about care/of vitamins from one of my favorite Instagram-not-real-life friends, and was immediately lured in with their cute packaging. You take a quick survey and they give you suggestions based on your specific needs. I’m still new to this, and I can’t quite handle the taste of some of mine so I’ll be adjusting my pack in the near future.
I think its so easy to get stuck into a routine that often ends up unhealthy or unhappy but if you try, it’s also pretty easy to make little changes that can turn that routine around. I’ve found that I’m in a much better mood when I’m feeling good, so it’s a win-win for everyone around me. Missing my work emails during an hour for yoga isn’t going to be the end of the world, and in fact, it actually helps me draw a definitive line of not checking emails after, too. Grabbing a healthy breakfast helps start the day off on the right foot, even if that bacon, egg & cheese sandwich sounds so good at the time.
Bring it, 30!