My anxiety wheelhouse is in full effect right now. Between the ongoing tensions in the country and back to school season, I am emotionally taxed. How about you?
It is so easy to get ratcheted up about current affairs. I found the need to take an extended break from several social media platforms recently. I set very specific limitations on using them — that has helped a great deal. Plus it has given me more time to focus on other self improvement goals.
For example, this past week I attended a meditation session hosted at work. It was amazing. I felt such a relief even if it lasted a short while. I am a new fan of breathing exercises and meditation. I highly recommend it. Everyone needs a hobby outside of social networking and consumption of the news, right?
It is important for many reasons but mostly because as adults we need to be able to set aside time for self-care. Not passive exercise where you can zone out but the kind that actually forces you to tune in to your feelings, body and mind.
Another huge stress reliever for me has been gardening. I have spent the last five months pruning, planting and sweating outside. Honestly, most weekends I am reluctant to get out and sit in the burning sun but I try to get an early start. It has calmed my nerves a lot.
Lastly, I received a beautiful journal in the PopSugar’s Must Have August Anniversary box. The exterior cover is a metallic rose gold with the scripted words “free spirit” on the front. This arrived in time for me to clear out some thoughts and feelings that have been swirling around in my head with my birthday looming at the end of the month. Oh yeah, PopSugar Must Have turns 5 years old this month! The box included a set of cute and stylish candles (perfect for my mini celebratory cake) and a serving tray, partially pictured below the journal. I have added photos of the items for a sneak peek.
Whatever hobby you decide to start, don’t forget to treat yourself every now and then. If you get a PopSugar Must Have box, take $10 off your first order. Use the code PARTY at checkout (expires 8/31). P.S. To celebrate their 5th anniversary, PopSugar is hosting weekly giveaways. Current subscribers are eligible. Sign up before the end of August to be in the drawing! Grand prize is something from Cambridge Satchel Co + 1 year Must Have!
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