Hey y’all, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged and I was inspired to start blogging again while I taking a long drive in the country today. A lot has happened in my life since I last posted…I began my dream job, had my year anniversary in the Dallas area, and connected with a solid group of Jesus loving friends.
As a quick update, I have been working as a case manager at a foster care agency for the past 6+ months. This job is both super rewarding and extremely stressful. I’ve had to really focus in on managing my stress over these past months because I LOVE what I do and want to be good at it. Good social work = good self-care.
Here are 4 things I’ve added to my life that have helped me stay zen in the midst of utter chaos:
A couple of months ago, I found my back was hurting A LOT. I decided to go buy a yoga ball to sit on at work because I heard it’s supposed to help with posture and strengthening your back muscles. I picked up a really nice Adidas yoga ball at Homegoods for about 12 dollars. Not only has the yoga ball helped my back, but it also cheers me up/relaxes me/energizes me at work. There’s something about bouncing on a yoga ball that makes me feel like a little kid. Get yourself one…you won’t regret it!
I am by no means an essential oils guru like some people out there, but I think they are really helpful. I have a diffuser at home and a little one shaped like a whale on my desk at work. First of all, having a little whale diffuser spouting delicious smelling water vapor while I’m working is absolutely lovely. I really enjoy an essential oil I got at Hobby Lobby for about 4 dollars. It’s called Uplift and has Bergamot and Lemon oil. It smells SO GOOD! I use it when I’m stressed and need to focus and it really seems to help.
Yoga with Adrienne
Adrienne is a yoga guru from Austin, TX who has a full library of YouTube videos that are easy to follow. She has workouts for any stage of yogi, from beginner to expert. Just listening to Adrienne chills me out and when I put her on the TV, my pup Willow chills out too. Seriously, check her out. This is by no means an affiliate thing by the way (nothing else in this post is either).
THIS APP. It’s free and soooooo helpful for stress/anxiety. There are some features you can pay for but I am completely satisfied just using the free version. There are breathing exercises, meditations, soothing noises, and sleep stories which really help if you have trouble falling asleep. I love turning on the crackling fire noise at work when I’m cold and pretending I’m warm and cozy.
These 4 things are so simple but have really helped me get my stress and anxiety under control. Let me know what you do to de-stress. I’m always looking for suggestions!