Getting Back On Track
I have a huge confession to make.... these past two months have SUCKED! I've been super lazy in terms of blogging, and honestly, my depression has been at me full force. To be fair, I have a good excuse...I've been battling awful anxiety and have been crazy homesick! Dustin and I have both been super homesick, and it's taken a huge toll on my mental health. Don't get me wrong, I'm super happy we moved cross country and have been experiencing a ton of newness, but home is where the heart is, and home just isn't here, at least, not for me.
I've always been an outdoorsy girl, and Texas just doesn't give me what I need. Granted we live in the suburbs here, but it just isn't Maine. Texas is definitely super inexpensive and has given us a ton of amazing opportunity, but I know in my gut this is not the place where we'll settle down, and so does he. We've already decided we'll stay here at least another year, and then reassess. The great thing about living here, even in the city-of all places, is that it's super cheap. Cost of living here is ridiculously low, which allows us to afford to do more, travel and obviously save for a wedding (duh!)
As soon as May rolled around, it's like a huge cloud lifted from my shoulders, and I finally started to feel better. Last weekend we took a trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and it was the perfect way to start our month on a good note. Now that I'm finally riding a good wave, it's time to get back on track, and fall back into a healthier routine. I honestly think I was in a huge funk that I just couldn't pull myself out of, and that's completely fine, but it's so important to know how to get yourself back to a good place. Here are a few ways I'm getting back on track this month.
Starting my day extra early
Even on my days off, Dustin and I still set an alarm. It's so important to me to rise early and be productive. On our Sundays, we get up, make coffee and tidy up our apartment. I swear it's programmed into my brain on Sundays to get up and start cleaning, so we can relax for the rest of the day. I love getting up early, sip my coffee and do small tasks to make the rest of my day run smoother. On days when I'm working (I work full time!) I set my alarm an hour earlier so I can get up slowly, drink my coffee, read, or flip through a magazine before I have to throw on makeup and prepare for my day. Allowing extra time sets the tone for the rest of the day, if I didn't allow extra time, I would feel rushed, and probably full of anxiety and lets be real...nobody wants that.
This is something I struggle with....especially on days when I work. Lately I've been making it a bigger priority to slow down, prepare a healthy breakfast and eat slower. I've been obsessed with pinning new breakfast recipies (if you follow me on Pinterest, you've probably noticed) My new favorite is Avocado toast - it's super healthy and I'm obsessed! Lately I've been adding green tea into my diet and I swear, my belly looks so much flatter, and I couldn't be happier! Making it a point to really sit down and enjoy a healthy breakfast has made all the difference in my day.
Limiting time on social media
Obviously I run a blog, so I need to be on social media...sometimes. Lately Dustin and I have noticed we both spend a little too much time on social media. We've even made it a point to be off our phones when we come home from work and spend more time with each other, not spending 20-40 minutes just scrolling through facebook or pinterest. As a whole, we're doing much better and have been spending less time watching tv too. It's so important to put your spouse first, and spend quality time with each other, rather than starring into computer of phone screens.
Doing the things that make me happiest
To be completely honest, these past two months were the worst I've had in a LONG time. I've been super happy for years, and my depression has been practically non-existent. I'm super happy and just seriously relieved that those months are over, and this month I'm finally feeling back to my old self. I'm so grateful to have the most understanding fiancé, who is constantly there, guiding me, and making sure I'm keeping myself balanced. I have no idea where I would be without Dustin, I owe it to him for getting myself back on track. Sometimes, all it takes is a great support system, and doing the things that bring you the most joy. For me, it was having a long talk with my guy, heading out to a beautiful state park, and getting lost in nature.
How do you get yourself back on track from a rough patch?