The days following summer mark a lot of faves for me: cooler weather, over-the-knee boots and an obnoxious over-use of the colors olive and maroon. With the waning of this frenetic season, I find that keeping a cool head makes everyday life a piece of cake.
From extensive travel (Tokyo, Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, and Los Angeles this year alone!) to dealing with the Atlanta commute, here are four ways I manage to keep my sanity--and my edges.
1. Make Time For Yourself
It sounds easy enough, right? Carving 30 minutes out of your already jam packed day to have a little me time. In between recitals, appointments, work and travel, finding time for yourself can be like trying to find Beyonce's lace front post-2008. IT JUST AIN'T THERE.
Make time for yourself: literally--pencil it in. Make it a priority; a segment of your day. Set an alarm on your phone, work it into your work schedule:
- 9:00 AM: Oil change
- 10:30 AM: Staff meeting
- 11:15 AM: Mid-day dance sesh
We make so many things a priority in life but don't afford ourselves the same courtesy.
2. Eat Like You Give a Damn
Too often when I'm running from plane to plane, I find myself snacking on snacks that aren't the healthiest. A guilty pleasure treat here and there isn't the end of the world, but fueling an already hectic day with junk food often times leads to fatigue, short bursts of energy followed by the inevitable sugar crash. The word hangry comes to mind. Nobody likes a cranky flight attendant.
Avoid the stress of eating processed foods by planning in advance. Enter: meal planning or at the very least snack planning. Yup, it's a thing! Fresh fruit, almonds, yogurt and protein bars are some quick and better alternatives to power you through the work day.
Getting the adequate amount of sleep leads to a better start, which leads to a better day, which ultimately leads to a less stressed you. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs 6-9 hours of sleep to promote overall health and well-being.
Probably the most underutilized of the four is exercise. Endorphins are your best friend if you're down in a rut or burnt out from the work day. The word in itself is derived from the word 'morphine' and is a chemical we naturally produce when we exercise.
Start a workout regimen that works for you. Hey, nobody said you have to turn into Massy Arias overnight! A 30 minute brisk walk is a perfect segway to a happier, healthier you.
There are so many things one can do to manage their stress and practice self-care. What would you add to the list? Share in the comment section and don't forget to subscribe to Eugenia Says!