I am — as usual — excited for this new month. August ended with a migraine (hence no post yesterday) and some very hectic work weeks.
September promises . . . a lot of call (1 week for me, and 2 weekends for Josh). The peak of hurricane season. And probably some other stressful things (lead up to residency interview season, for example).
However, it’s a new month and I needed a fresh start so we are just going to go with it.
Not to be cheesy and/or cliche, but I really do want to double down on self-care this month. I even did something very grown up and self-care-focused during my headache (?migraine), which was to make a doctor’s appointment to have these headaches looked into and hopefully treated in some fashion.
I usually get them on Mondays, though sadly they often last up to 48 hours. The obvious triggers are stress, hours of staring at a screen to chart, and not enough sleep the night before.
Other aspects of self-care I plan to double down on:
✔︎ SLEEP. The routine with the kids is finally improving, likely in part because G no longer naps. I need to continue to work on getting their bedtime closer to 8:30 (ie my involvement completely done by 8:30) so that I can then go to bed soon after. And then I actually need to do that, rather than lie on G’s floor scrolling for 20 minutes. ALTHOUGH I did have a lovely and life-giving text conversation with two good friends while on her floor last night, so it’s not all black/white.
✔︎ EATING HABITS. Mine have been TERRIBLE lately. You know how everyone seemed to be permissively stress eating in the early days of the pandemic? Apparently the urge to do this hit me approximately ~16 months late. I’m over it, though. I am going to eat more intentionally this month. No specific ‘diet’ or anything but just cutting off the random snack-lunches and ice cream. The end.
✔︎ SCREEN. Yep, still working on this. I would really really like to cut out the scrolling-as-escape-mechanism–impulse that still seems to plague me (and many others, I notice it IRL all the time in others).
✔︎ INTENTIONAL FUN. I really really need more of this right now. I feel a lack of things to look forward to/be excited about (and this is very pandemic related). But I need to figure something out because it’s just not a good place to be. More on this in a future post.
One other thing worth mentioning:
THE 2022 HOBONICHI STORE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! You guys, it has been fun trying about 8 zillion new planners these past two years, but I am yearning to get back to my planning roots (well, roots since 2014). Next week’s BLP is all about Hobonichi, but just in case anyone needs to know, the 2022 shop is OPEN!
Some of the covers do not go on sale until tonight or tomorrow night (the ones I want!) but you can start browsing and loading up your carts if interested 🙂