Balance has always been something high up on my list of important things to keep up in my life. Work. Social life. Health and fitness. Relationships. Being a Libra, balance does seem to come naturally to me, but sometimes I find myself stuck in a hard spot where I hit one extreme and stay there for a little awhile until I’m worn out and forced to get back to my regular programming. Usually it’s the act of chasing useless boys around the city that messes up my routine. Travel of course does the same. And giving into the late night whims of my friends who want to go out and dance . . . because ya know . . . we only have like 2-4 more years in our 20’s left. Gotta live it up. But really, it’s okay to stray from a more zen state of mind and life. We aren’t perfect. We are human beings. And although I do like regular routine when I can get it, spontaneity is what drives me the most. And with the sort of freelance life I live, projects and travel opportunities come up last second, and the next thing I know, I’m on a plane somewhere for a few days. It’s hard to catch a break sometimes. And jet lag doesn’t make anything better. So how do I keep calm when all is chaos around me?
I light candles. All over my apartment. Candles are my warm little buddies that make me feel cozy and fuzzy inside. The smell and their flicker instantly make me feel at ease. When I’m not at the gym or or taking a high-intensity class somewhere in the city, I like to set a day or two a week aside to chill out and do yoga at home. And surround myself with candles, of course.
I clean! Organizing is oh so very therapeutic for me. After a few days of travel, my apartment starts to show the wear and tear that goes along with prepping for travel, as well as not unpacking after a trip. Once I start tripping over my luggage, then I know that I have a problem. So what do I do when I’m stressed about the clutter? Turn on some cool, slow jams and slowly put everything back where it came from. And make sure that stuff that belongs in the trash goes, well . . . into the trash. I make my bed. I make sure all the dishes are put away and the counters wiped clean. I’ll even bleach the heck out of the tub. A clean home is the best way to clear a mind.
I write down my thoughts. Not a diary exactly, but words and lines that I think about throughout the day. This is how I keep track of many of my ideas for blog posts. Maybe it’s a song lyric I really liked, or a quote I heard in passing. Just a name of a place or a scent that stuck out to me. Just the physical act of writing down words on paper is such a calming endeavor. You never know what ideas may spark from it!
I read a book. And I keep at it! I’m pretty picky about the books I choose to read, especially since I don’t have a lot of spare time to read in general. So when I do dig into one, it needs to be amazing. I love getting lost in a story, but I’ve realized lately that it’s been harder for me to keep my mind from wandering. Reading really takes a commitment. That means, putting your phone away, putting your laptop away, putting each and every electronic device away. And turning them all off! A hot tea or yummy drink to sip on while I read helps me stay focused, and relaxes me. Currently reading Daughters of Fortune by Isabel Allende. I really recommend it 🙂
I create playlists. Music is one of my main loves, and no matter what kind of day I may be having, not matter how mad and insane it is on the subway at 6pm, no matter how much a man made me cry last night, music saves my life. Come up with themes and fit in your favorite songs into them. Looking for something new? I love Spotify because I get to easily compile playlists and share them, but I can also easily listen to what my friends are listening to. The playlists they regularly post up based on my personal taste is also awesome. You might just find your new go-to chill out song. And it will change your life.
I don’t take for granted the time I get to enjoy ME TIME anymore. It’s precious, especially in this day and age when we all find ourselves on the go go go more often than not. Happy Sunday 🙂 Go relax.