Each morning, I wake up to an alarm set on my phone- which I then pick up and begin my scan: Instagram, CNN, The Guardian, LA Times, Washington Post, NY Times, Facebook, Gmail. Then, when my work day lulls, I scan again. I get home, I scan again.
I've gotten so used to feeling angry and sad, that I find myself seeking out my fix for more turmoil- as if I'm addicted to bad news. Keeping up with a full time job, the pursuit of my passions and lending my voice to the causes that need it, has left me perpetually running on empty. In order to keep going and affect change, I have to take care of myself.
To resist, I must recharge.
Since I'm always on the pursuit for ways to stay soft, I've started documenting the ways I intuitively care for myself and the new experiences that bring me joy. In my efforts to combat bad-news fatigue, here are a few ways I've been checking in with myself to recharge:
Feeling tense? Stand up and reach for your toes!
I've been practicing yoga for almost a decade, but sometimes I go through phases where I forget to make time for it. Lately, I've been getting back into the swing of a quick 10-15 minute stretch session, twice a day. I know it can be hard to get into any routine, so I like to start in small increments to build the habit. I usually choose standing stretches for mornings, because they feel energizing, and floor stretches for evenings to lengthen and wind down.
If you ever need some inspiration for at-home yoga inspiration, check out @wolfpackyoga.
Taking a bath at night forces me to stay still for at least 10 minutes and reconcile my thoughts for the day. I add epsom salts, oils (currently jasmine & cedarwood), and put on a face mask. Light a candle and stick a rose quartz in the corner and you've got yourself a sacred bath!
This is such a wonderful way to slow down the brain and pamper yourself. I like to apply a mask while the water is running and let it dry before getting in the tub. When my body temperature starts to get a little too hot- I drain the bath, apply moisturizer all over and throw on a robe.
Make yourself a cup of tea and bliss out.
Treat Your Inner Child
Taking off my adult lens and looking at the world with the energy of a child is refreshing. I've been making a conscious effort to smile and say hello, compliment, or find some common ground to spark some small talk. Kids talk to EVERYONE.
What did I enjoy as a child? Glitter, bright colors, wacky outfits, ice cream.
The other day, I wandered into a coffee shop, complimented the barista's lapel pin and then he clued me in to an awesome local shop around the corner. I decided to check it out and it became the coolest new boutique I've seen- lots of enamel pins, patches, and custom embroidery.
If you're ever in LA's Chinatown, check out Friend Mart!
It's widely proven that philanthropic actions improve happiness. I'm embarrassed it took me so long, but I finally donated to ACLU this weekend. These are the people out there fighting for what's right and we've got a long way to go. My goal is to make this a regular habit.
If you haven't yet, donate now.
I've been flirting with the direction of where I want this blog (and my Instagram) to go and most have felt unnecessary during a time like this. I can't show you an endless feed of pretty pictures of style or inspiration without acknowledging my feelings or my struggles. Nor do I want to show you a dishonest interpretation of my life or the world we live in.
What I will show you is my pursuit of balance and beauty in the hopes that what's working for me, will work for you.