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The Struggle is Real

Do you know what I hate? I hate those little starburst candies, Doritos, goldfish crackers. Crumbl Cookies, Shipley's Donuts, kolaches, Bundt Cakes, Lunch & Learns, and all the vendors who bring all of this glorious crap to the office! Hate 'em!

The last several weeks have been rough, to say the least. I have been going non-stop. The last thing I need is all this processed junk food, but the temptation has been in my face at every turn, making it hard to be successful in stressful situations. This is real life guys!

Don't worry. This is not going to be some preachy post about what you should and shouldn't eat. Instead, I think it is important to focus on self-care. Life gets busy and we often times forget to take care of ourselves in the midst of chaos. I wrote this note to myself on a post-it and put it on my monitor at work where I can see it. The note says, "Think about it first." Think before you make a decision you might regret. Think before you decide to handle stress by eating that donut. Think before you give into a craving or urge without first seeking out a healthier option. Just think.

Here are some things that I have learned, and that I have had to remind myself to practice, especially recently:

  1. Slow down, calm down and breathe

  2. Be present and in the moment

  3. Walk away - walk away from your workspace. Go for a short walk, clear your mind, and come back refreshed.

  4. Drink water

When I read my note, "Think about it first", it reminds me to do the things I've listed above. When I practice these things, it really does help me to make better decisions, and to put myself and my health above the situation that is causing me stress, and then I feel like I can handle that situation with a little more grace.

To make for a stress-less week, it is always good to be prepared. Today is Sunday. That means I am setting myself up for success by prepping my meals for the week.

On The Menu:

  1. Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, grass-fed steak and vegetables

  2. Lunch: Chicken, sausage and spinach soup

  3. Dinner: Mason jar salad


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