I sort of failed this week. I failed at surviving the work week. The irony of having this series of posts about surviving work... then getting a horrible migraine because of work and not even being able to post anything is classic. All better now finally - and thankfully in time for the weekend to get some much needed rest and good habits back under control.
A few things in my life that I think everyone should make time for (and I should have made more time for lately):
1) Exercise. I cannot stress this enough (ha - stress... funny subject). I worked out with a trainer for 10 months and then took about a month off. After the month I've had I can tell you this: it will never happen again. Countless studies have documented the benefits of exercise and I'm no health nut or expert, but I am an expert on what makes me happy and exercise does the trick. We do 2-3 one hour sessions (30 mins strength/30 mins cardio) per week. I also love yoga, and need to make more time for it.
2) Indulge in your guilty pleasures. Once in a while you just have to zone out on mindless things that make you happy. Pinterest is one place where I go to look a beautiful images, inspire creativity, and refresh my imagination when I'm feeling stifled. I don't watch much TV anymore, but when I do - it's mostly reruns. I love putting in my old Friends DVDs just to laugh. I also LOVE The Rachel Zoe Project. I know, such a cliche for a fashion blogger to love RZ. But it's her unapologetic, unfailing love for all things fashion that gets me every time. Plus, you see THE MOST amazing clothes, shoes, and accessories on her show. The same type of inspiration I get from visiting other fashion blogs, I get from that show.
I also LOOOVE fashion books, magazines, and fashion photography. I could get lost for hours....
3) Relax and Recharge. Everyone knows what works for them to wind down, decompress, and recharge their batteries. The extrovert in me loves to go out for cocktails or dinner with friends and laugh and talk for hours. But if I'm in a really exhausted, run-down state, I go for some more serious down time. Getting a relaxing massage is a great way to detox... and I plan to do exactly that this weekend :)
4) Get your priorities straight. To get back on track, I try my very best to remember what's important after getting lost in the hustle of work/life for a while. I need to exercise and eat healthy food. I need to stress less. I need to CALM THE EFF down. I also need to be thankful for all of the gifts I have and the amazing people in my life. (all of this is much easier after the above massage, by the way)
Also, I could work harder on being nice to people :)