It’s nearing the end of February, which is completely mind blowing to me; it really feels like Christmas was just a week ago. Now that we are really into 2017, a lot of us start slacking on our New Year’s resolutions and start to revert back to our old habits causing us to feel disappointed and even depressed that we haven’t pushed ourselves they way we wanted.
Find Your Outlet: Everyone has that one thing that is our escape and makes us forget about our worries, even if it’s only temporary. For me, that outlet is through dance. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. When I moved out to California 5 years ago, I kind of let it go. I missed it a ton but was always to afraid to try a new studio, especially since it had been so long since I had taken classes. A few months ago, I finally decided that if I missed it so badly, why was I keeping myself from it? So I got my butt to a studio and have been taking classes every week since. It is my stress reliever and automatically puts me in a better mood. We all have our escape whether it’s sports, playing guitar, drawing, whatever. Find your outlet and use it for all of it’s worth.
Treat Yourself: In the word’s of Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle, TREAT YO’SELF. I feel like so many of us think we don’t deserve the little things when we are down in the dumps. I’ve found that even just the tiniest bit of “treating yo’self” can perk up my mood and help get me out of a funk. Go eat your favorite ice cream, enjoy that extra glass of wine, buy the shoes you’ve been drooling over. Okay please take this advise with caution because I don’t want you going into debt over a pair of shoes, but you get what I’m saying. It’s okay to let loose every once in a while and enjoy life. I often get too pent up about wanting to save money or wanting to be healthy, and cause even more stress on myself than there should be. It’s totally okay to loosen the reigns every now and then and do something for yourself to make you happy.
Take Care of Yourself: When I’m feeling down, it’s so easy for me to want to give up on taking care of myself, whether it’s how I eat, how I look, or how I feel. But taking the time to focus on your health and wellness can do wonders on your overall positivity and outlook on life. I’ve gone through short phases where I’m a bit depressed and not happy with myself. When I get in that state, it makes me not want to try to better myself. It is so important to get out of that funk and find a way to make yourself feel better. I now try and make it so I have one night to “pamper” myself. I’ll do a face or hair mask, whiten my teeth, take a bath, anything to let me wind down and make me feel good on both the inside and out. It’s also so important to stay healthy. When I am drinking tons of water (I drink at least 3 liters a day) and eating good, I find myself in a way better mood and more motivated than when I slack off and eat fast food for a week straight.
Read a Book: To me, reading a book is the easiest way to escape reality. Every time I’m finished reading I feel refreshed and relaxed in a way watching TV could never do. To the people who say they hate reading, I say that you haven’t found the type of book you like to read yet. For me, I love a good thriller/suspense as well as a good business book. Opposite ends of the spectrum, but both captivate and interest me in different ways. Reading is great because it takes all of your focus. You can watch your favorite show, but still be thinking or doing a million other things at the same time. A good book can change your perspective, motivate you, and at the very least relieve your stress and put your mind in a better place.
What I’m Wearing
Dress: Mint Julep Boutique
Booties: Sam Edelman, Lulu’s