Why I Check In With Myself Every Week

One question that I get a lot is: “How have you been able to remain consistent?” I think this is a great question because it was a long journey to figure out the secret to consistency.

I want to share a strategy that I started implementing that has helped me stay consistent in my fitness journey over the last couple years. Not only has this strategy helped with my physique, but it’s helped me make sure that I am monitoring my mental health as well.

A couple years ago, I went through a really rough time in my life. I fell into a depression & ultimately I felt like everything was crumbling around me. I wanted to pick myself back up & keep moving forward, but I felt stuck, lost and confused. I was constantly beating myself up for not not being able to get myself back “on track”. (If you want more info on how I got through this particular time, you can read more about My 8 Step Process to Overcoming Depression).

What I noticed was that I was having trouble being consistent & it became more & more frustrating. Every time I thought I was gaining positive momentum, I would fall off track again. It was incredibly frustrating & discouraging. I was constantly getting frustrated with myself for thinking that I wasn’t making progress, not understanding what I needed to do to keep moving forward. 

What I eventually realized is that I needed to understand where my baseline was mentally & physically.  I needed clarity and understanding about what I needed to do to keep moving forward. 

I think that a lot of people trying to find balance in their lives and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle struggle with consistency. I’ve been able to maintain consistency in my healthy lifestyle for a while now and I’ve had a handful of people reach out to me asking what I’ve done to maintain this lifestyle. 

So… what is this secret strategy that I started implementing?

Weekly mental, emotional, physical check in with myself.

I started doing this weekly check in to keep myself accountable & do an evaluation of where I am in my life mentally, emotionally & physically. 

The idea for this came from my fitness journey when I would take progress pictures to track my physical progress. While this is important, I also think that it’s incredibly important to track your mental & emotional well-being as well. 

So, I created a weekly evaluation for myself that I call the Mind + Body Inventory & what I believe is the first step to a better mindset.  

Here’s what it looks like:

Every Monday morning I,

  • take a series of progress pictures (front, side, back)
  • do measurements of my waist, hips, butt, bust, arm & leg
  • upload them into a google drive and write answers to series of questions evaluating where I am mentally & emotionally. 

Here’s what I have noticed as a result of checking in with myself every week:

It keeps me accountable

It is really easy to tell ourselves that we “don’t have time”. Self-care practices are very important, but are often the first things that we neglect due to the inevitable (not to mention, unhelpful) “I don’t have time”. But, our mental & physical health determines how we show up in our lives. 

Making it a necessity to check in with myself weekly, to see where I am and evaluate what’s going on in my life has helped significantly. I keep track of what’s going on and to be able to understand and determine what I need to do to keep moving forward. 

If I find myself coming up with an excuse to not do this, I tell myself that this needs to be done. It’s a necessity. I have goals and I am ready to take ACTION on them. It is a reminder that I need to do this in order to make sure that I don’t fall into a hole of burnout again.

I talk more about this in my
Better Mindset Course!

I celebrate how far I have come 

Doing this evaluation also helps me to be able to track my progress, so I can see the progress I’ve made, when I didn’t think I’ve made any.

I’m really big on celebrating wins/accomplishments throughout a journey, because it helps keep me motivated (I even wrote a post on this in The Importance of Celebrating Accomplishments). It’s really discouraging when you think that you haven’t accomplished very much when you’ve been working really hard.

This weekly check in helps me be able to really look at everything from a different perspective & really be able to pinpoint what I’ve been able to accomplish. The journey is so much more enjoyable & encouraging when you are able to see & celebrate everything you’ve been able to accomplish.

I have proof & documentation of my progress

In doing a weekly check in with myself, I am able to keep track of where I am mentally, emotionally & physically. What I noticed in the past was that I was getting overwhelmed and ultimately feeling frustrated when I didn’t think all of my hard work was working.

In this exercise, I take pictures, measurements & do an evaluation of where I am mentally, emotionally & any stressors that are present. In keeping tabs on where I am in these categories, I have been able to keep up with my mental, emotional & physical state, thus helping me in being able to stay on track with my goals.

I can pinpoint the mind, body connection

In doing this, I can usually see a correlation between what I see in the pictures and my answers to the questions. If I notice I am a little more bloated than the week before, I have likely been stressed and might have been stress eating or something. 

Being able to pinpoint and understand where things are coming from and why they are happening, I am better able to come up with an action plan. It’s incredibly frustrating to feel like you don’t know what you should be doing in order to keep moving forward.

I’ve talked about this before, but I tend to get stressed out easily. The best thing for me to do is to try to prevent stress & overwhelm, because it’s really hard to get myself back together. So, in being able to keep tabs on everything going on, it helps me in being able to take necessary action.

I come up with a plan

In being able to pinpoint and understand where I am mentally, emotionally and physically, I am better able to make the necessary adjustments.

For example, if I find that I am feeling overwhelmed in my business, I need to spend time journaling about what’s on my mind.

Sometimes, the things that are bothering us are stuck in our subconscious and we need to bring them to the surface so we can deal with them. That’s what doing this check in with myself helps me do. It helps me to be able to make sure that everything is in line. If there’s something off, it keeps me cognizant of whatever is going on around me.


This weekly check in is something that I know a lot of people will say that they don’t have time for. It’s something that can be seen as a “I will do it if I have time, which I probably don’t so I’m going to make every excuse not to do it” kind of thing.

Trust me, I totally get being busy and making the choice to remove seemingly unnecessary tasks. However, I now see this exercise as a non-negotiable for me because it’s ultimately helped me be better able to show up in every area of life.

  • I’ve been able to stick to my goals.
  • I’ve been able to show up better in my business.
  • I’ve kept my stress & overwhelm under control so that I am more productive and can better serve my clients and women in my Facebook group.

So, these tasks that we tend to put off due to thinking that they are unimportant just might be detrimental to how you are showing up in your life right now. I just want to make sure that you are taking care of yourself here. I preach about The Importance of Self-Care all the time and I do so because I truly believe that it is essential in creating a foundation for your life.

You must take care of yourself in order to show up better in every aspect of your life. Saying that you don’t have time is simply just an excuse.

So, are you going to start making it a priority to show up for yourself? Are you going to make it a goal to make it a habit to check in with your mental, emotional & mental well-being?

I truly hope so!

xx

-Jess

My Morning Routine During Quarantine

I made a prediction that we would start feeling the mental & emotional effects of the disruption of our day-to-day lives within 2-3 weeks. I made this prediction knowing that the anger & frustration would soon dissipate and turn mental. As a mental health advocate, I always want to make sure that I am doing everything I can to take care of myself & provide as much guidance to others that I possibly can.

I noticed myself struggling during the first full week of April. Ever since I went through my own experience with mental health struggles and depression, I have been able to identify my warning signs that something just isn’t right. 

If you know me or have been following me for some time now, you know that I turned to fitness and going to the gym first thing in the morning. I used my morning workouts for many reasons, including maintaining my healthy habits & keeping my mental health on track. 

With being forced to stay home and out of my routine, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t struggle to adjust to this new normal. That’s definitely true for everyone, right? 

Well, here’s the thing. We can’t control the current unprecedented circumstances that we find ourselves in, but we CAN control how we respond. I know this can be extremely hard because the pain that this whole thing has caused can seem to be so severe that it overshadows all of the positives that can come from this and all that you CAN indeed control. 

For me, my mornings are sacred. How I spend my mornings are extremely important for determining how the rest of my day is going to go & how I show up. One thing that I’ve missed since working out in the morning is my slow mornings to really just take it easy and ease into the day. I have more information in my posts on How/ Why I Go To The Gym At 5AM & My Morning Routine As A Young Entrepreneur Working From Home.

What I started noticing

  • unhealthy choices
  • increased anxiety & stress levels
  • bloating all over my body
  • low energy/exhaustion (needing to lay down and take a nap almost everyday)
  • creative blocks 
  • lack of motivation

So, I wanted to share with you how I have adjusted my morning routine based on what I have learned over the years. I’ve focused on what I am still in control of and utilized the knowledge that I have about what I need. 

I hope you find this helpful in creating a routine for yourself, based on what it is that YOU need!

GET UP EARLY AS USUAL.

One thing that I noticed to be important for me is waking up early in the morning. It’s just something that is important for my mental health & stress. I don’t handle sleeping in very well, especially during the week because it makes me feel rushed. 

I understand that it sounds a bit crazy to some people, but for me, I noticed that getting up at the same time as I would to go to the gym has helped. Instead of working out, I take it easy and let myself ease into my morning. 

I very much rely on time to myself to maintain a healthy mental health and being able to create that time to allow myself to have that time to myself has been very important. 

However, what I have noticed is that I started getting more and more exhausted for reasons that I am not sure of. This could be due to the fact that emotions and stress levels are higher, therefore I am feeling more rundown than usual. So, I have learned to listen to my body and let myself sleep in a little bit if I need to do so a couple days during the week. Not just during this time, but all the time! Your body will tell you what it needs and it’s important to listen and not get frustrated. 

GET RIGHT INTO THE SHOWER.

For me, I don’t feel like my day can really start if I don’t jump in the shower. My new routine included going to the bathroom and getting right into the shower to wake up and get in the mindset to get my day started. 

DRINK 24oz OF WATER.

When I go to the gym in the morning, I usually drink at least 16oz of water before I go to the gym and drink another 24oz-32oz while I’m at the gym. I would rely on that to make sure that I am getting in my water. Starting the day with water is incredibly important and comes with many benefits. 

Now that I don’t have the gym to rely on, I started making it a goal to drink 24oz of water right when I get up. Before I start drinking coffee and eating breakfast. It helps for many reasons, but I also always feel dehydrated and lethargic when I wake up anyway, so getting in 24oz of cold water upon waking up really helps with waking up my body and making me feel more energized and I notice that I don’t feel as bloated, plus I don’t get headaches like I would if I neglected getting in the water.

MEDITATE & JOURNAL.

After I get showered and drink most of my water, I go into the living room and do a 5-10 minute guided meditation and journal.

MOVE MY BODY.

When I don’t go to the gym in the morning, I always make it a goal to get in 1000 steps. I understand this might sound a bit bizarre to some, but I started pacing around the apartment or lightly jogging in place to move my body and start getting in steps. This doesn’t take long but it always feels so good to start moving my body right away. Not to mention, it always wakes up my body even more. I am so used to the treadmill really waking me up in the morning and doing this releases those endorphins that I am used to.

GET MY COFFEE & WATCH THE NEWS.

By this time, I’ve already been awake for about an hour and I have really taken the time to prioritize myself and I am feeling awake and ready to take on the day. So, at this point I will grab my coffee and turn on the news. 

One thing that I do miss since I have started working out in the morning is just relaxing and taking it easy before sunrise. So, I am really taking the time to enjoy being able to do this. I love just sitting on the couch and sipping my coffee. If I am feeling like it, I will grab my laptop or planner and get some work done.

BREAKFAST AT 6AM.

I do this until my boyfriend wakes up at 6am. We still eat breakfast at this time because he still has to clock in for work at 7am. 

MAKE THE BED.

After breakfast, I will make the bed since my boyfriend is up. I am definitely one of those people who has to make the bed in order to be able to get my day started. It’s like being able to immediately check something off my to-do list and makes me feel like I am already starting to get things done. 

GO ON A WALK AT SUNRISE.

I’ve started going on walks when the weather is nice at sunrise. It’s just another layer that I have added to my routine that I have found really helpful. It allows me to get some light cardio and also get some fresh air. 

By this time I start getting ready to tackle my workday. My workday looks a little bit different than usual, but I just take it a day at a time. 


I don’t follow this routine exactly everyday, but I have found these elements to be helpful in making sure that I am doing what I can to manage my stress and anxiety. Over the years, I’ve been able to learn about what it is that I need to manage my stress & anxiety. Using that information, I’ve been able to learn about what I am in control of and be able to focus on what I can start implementing to make sure that I am doing what I can to get through this. 

I hope you found this to be at least a little bit helpful. I know that it sounds a bit crazy to some people, but this was developed based on what works for me. It’s always important to make sure that you are adjusting your routine based on what works best for you. Maybe you don’t need such a structured routine and you are doing well sleeping in as much as possible. 

That’s OK! Just make sure you are focusing on what you are in control of and doing what YOU need to do to get through this. ❤

Related posts:
>> Self Care & Activities During Quarantine
>> Tips for working from home
>> Staying on track while stuck at home during quarantine

xx
-Jess

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is a very special day. It’s the day to celebrate the women in your life, especially your mother. If you are like me, you have an amazing mom and always struggle with figuring out what to get the woman who has given you so much!

I have taken the time to gather some ideas to get your very special mom on a very special day. Whether you are looking for something sentimental or funny, I hope you are able to find something in this list!

Spa gift basket

A spa gift set like this one is always a good option for the special women in your life! This gift basket come in vanilla fragrance & includes: shower gel, hand lotion, body lotion, bath salt, bath puff and an eva sponge.
Retail Price: $28.99

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Here is another space gift basket option! This one is called the Spa Luxetique Gift Basket. This one includes: 2 bath bombs, shower gel, bubble bath, body lotion, body butter, bath salt, bath puff. It all comes in a cute decorative bath tub!
Retail price: $21.99

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This gift basket is the Lovestee Bath & Body Gift Set. This spa gift basket comes with 5 fragrances and includes: shower gel, bubble bath, body lotion, bath salt, towel.
Retail price: $24.99

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This last spa gift set I found is Lavender & Rosemary Aromatherapy! Just the name sounds so relaxing. This gift basket includes: 2 pack bath bombs, shower gel, bubble bath, bath salt, body scrub, body lotion, 4 pack soap flower, flower bath pour. It all comes in a decorative tin basket.
Retail price: $24.99

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Bath Bomb Set

If your mom loves baths, thisFloral Bubble Bath Bombs Gift Set is perfect! The bath bombs come in 6 different scents: Relaxing Lavender, Blooming Jasmine, Lilac, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Sweet Pea, and Rose Garden .
Retail price: $29.90

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Mother & Daughter Necklace

How sweet is this EFYTAL Mother Daughter Necklace?! I know that I love giving & receiving sentimental jewelry! This necklace made of 925 Sterling Silver.
Retail price: $39.95

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Cute Jewelry Holder

This ZeenArt Fun Novelty Ceramic Ring Trinket Dish is so cute, funny & sentimental. Such a fun & easy way to show your mom some love!
Retail price: $9.99

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Funny Mug

Who doesn’t love a funny coffee mug?! I have found several mugs, including this Thank You For Being My Mother Coffee Mug. Sweet, funny & definitely not what I was expecting when I first saw this mug!
Retail price: $18.99

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Here is another great mug to consider! This one is straight and to the point:Great Job Mom I Turned Out Awesome!
Retail price: $12.99

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This one is plain, simple and even more to the point: My Favorite Child Gave Me This Funny Coffee Mug.
Retail price: $16.97

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Mommy’s Sippy Cup

I absolutely love this! This Mommy’s Sippy Cup is so cute and definitely perfect for any mom. It can hold hot & cold beverages, comes with a closing lid & a metal straw.
Retail price: $18.95

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Cute Ceramic marble Cup gift set

If your mom loves coffee & cute mugs, check out this ceramic marble cup gift set! It comes in pink or white, mug lid, gold spoon and a greeting card.
Retail price: $18.90

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Memory Jar

Another idea is this memory jar! This is a great gift for any mom who wants to keep track of all those fun memories over the years. Included with this jar: 180 blank tickets, pen, rewritable twine hung plaque & a decorative lid.
Retail price: $18.21

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Heart Shaped LED Light

This Heart Shaped LED Light on Rose Base is a nice gift for any mom! It’s very pretty & sentimental and can be placed anywhere to remind her just how special she is! ❤
Retail price: $13.49

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Personalized Journal

My brother actually got my mom this What I Love about Mom Fill in the Love Book Fill-in-the-Blank Journal & she absolutely loves it! The book is filled with fill-in-the-blank statements to be filled out by YOU. Definitely another sweet way to show mom how special she is!
Retail price: $9.97

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Cute Book

How sweet is this Mothers and Daughters Are Connected by the Heart book?! This book talks about the inseparable bond between a mother & daughter. ❤
Retail price: $7.99

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This book, Why a Daughter Needs a Mom is another sweet gift for a daughter to give mom to show her just how much she appreciates everything mom has done for her!
Retail price: $12.49

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Tree Picture Frame

This Bronze Family Tree Frame is a great gift for mom to showcase memories to cherish! Who doesn’t love a pretty way to showcase memories around the house?!
Retail price: $22.95

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Picture Frame with a quote

Another way to show mom how much she means to you is with this cute framed quote! The frame is 8×10 and can stand up on a shelf or hung on the wall for a sweet & cherishable decoration! ❤
Retail price: $29.99

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Oversized Sweater

Ok- I know that Mother’s Day is during spring, but who doesn’t love something cozy like this Catalonia Oversized Hoodie Blanket Sweatshirt?! I know my mom lovesss anything that keeps her warm when the cold winter months come around!
Retail price: $42.99

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Slippers

In addition to the hoodie blanket, what about for these Jessica Simpson Comfy Faux Fur Slipper?! I don’t know about you, but I might just get a pair for myself as well!
Retail price: $23.32

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Keychain

This “Everything I Am You Helped Me to Be” Keychain is another sentimental gift idea for mom.<3 It’s just another way to show mom how much she means to you & she can carry it with her everywhere!
Retail price: $8.99

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Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet

I think this Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet is really interesting! You can put any essential oils into this bracelet and you have relaxation right there where you go. How cool is that?!
Retail price: $15.99

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I hope you found this list to be helpful in giving you some ideas for gifts to give your mom for Mother’s Day! We all want to make mom feel special all the time and it can be hard to find a gift that is perfect and I hope this list gives you some ideas! ❤

xx
-Jess

Staying on track while stuck at home during quarantine

We have all been forced into a new normal and adjusting to these changes can be incredibly difficult. Due to the amount of stress, overwhelm and other negative emotions, it can be really hard to continue to stay on track. 

We have been forced to stay at home and this new normal has made it difficult for all of us to adjust to a completely different normal. 

I have also found myself struggling to continue to stay on track because I have relied on the same routine for so long now, that I never even thought about having to come up with an alternative. 

There are a few tips that I am implementing to make sure that I am continuing to show up and take care of myself, rather than letting the stress completely take over and knock me off of my game.

It is incredibly important to continue to remind ourselves that we are still in CONTROL of how we show up for ourselves. Yes, these are very difficult times and I am in no way trying to sugar coat it and ignore the magnitude of this time. But, we have to continue showing up for ourselves and continue to do what we can to adjust & make the necessary changes to continue moving forward. 

It may not be the same as what you are used to- I know that this isn’t for me. However, I did want to share with you what I have been working on to make sure that I am continuing to show up and take care of myself & continue working towards my goals. 

I hope you find these tips to be helpful for you! ❤


Drink LOTS of water.

For me, I am used to getting in my workout first thing in the morning and starting off my day with about 40oz of water by 6am. Getting in my workout first thing in the morning has really helped in making sure that I start the day off right & I have been relying on that to make sure that I am making healthy choices. You can read more about my early morning workout strategy in How/ Why I Go To The Gym At 5AM, 3 Tips for Early Morning Workouts & My Fitness Journey | Choosing Yourself First!

With that being taken away for the time being, I have struggled with making sure that I am continuing to make those healthy choices. However, if you want to continue working on your progress & want to continue making healthy habits, getting in your water is VERY important! It’s always important and necessary for sticking to your goals and staying healthy, but this will help you significantly in making sure that you stick to your goals!

Right when I get up in the morning, I start drinking 24oz of cold water before I start drinking coffee and eat breakfast. Always, always, ALWAYS drink water right when you get up to jump start your system so you don’t start the day dehydrated. 

Then, make it a goal to continue drinking water throughout the day. Maybe you put a notification in your phone to chug water every hour or whatever it takes to remind yourself that you need to get in your water!

Pay attention to snacking when bored.

What I immediately noticed when all of these changes happened was that I was finding myself reaching for snacks more often throughout the day. Not only was I snacking more, but I was craving sugary & salty foods.

This is a stress response & it’s really important to stay cognizant about this because it will catch up to you very quickly. It’s important to create an awareness so you are able to understand when your body is under a stress response. It is very typical for us to immediately start reaching for those unhealthy snacks as a stress response.

While I let myself snack on unhealthy foods sometimes, I try to create an awareness around not making it a habit. Once made a habit, it can be really hard to break! Trust me, I completely understand that this is difficult to do, but this will be really important in making sure that you are not making this a habit.

When I notice unhealthy snacking becoming a habit, I try to instead reach for a bowl of fresh veggies instead.

Or, I will make a nice platter if I notice that I am really starting to crave unhealthy snacking!

Track food intake.

If you don’t have the MyFitnessPal app, I would definitely go download it and get in the habit of tracking your food throughout the day. Tracking your food will help keep you accountable and you will be more likely to stick to your goals because you are able to see everything you are putting into your body. 

I am personally not the biggest fan of tracking, but especially during this time, I am trying to make it a habit again. I keep mentioning this, but it is SO important to continue paying attention to what you can still control!

Try not to increase alcohol intake.

In addition to reaching for the sugary & salty foods during stressful times like these, reaching for the alcohol is another habit we typically get into. While I am really into reaching for a couple glasses of wine, it is important to make sure that you are monitoring this intake. 

I was getting into the habit of drinking 1-2 glasses of wine each night the first week we were in quarantine and I am making it a point to try not to do that during the week. 

Continue working out at home & getting creative.

Yes!!! Continue working out! I noticed that my energy & drive to workout started decreasing when I started feeling the stress & overwhelm. All I wanted to do was lay down and be lazy, but this only made me feel more stressed & on edge.

For me, my energy towards working out has completely changed. I am so used to going to the gym first thing in the morning and now I am working out at home at 3pm in the afternoon. 

My workouts at home are not nearly as long & intense as they normally are, but continuing to stay in the habit is very important! I’m starting to get into workouts that I wouldn’t do normally & it’s actually been interesting to test out the different things.

I started running stairs in the parking garage at my apartment & turning different furniture around the apartment as workout equipment. This takes some creativity for getting in workouts, but there are definitely options out there!

Practice Self Care.

I talk about this a lot & I think it is incredibly important to continue practicing self care, especially during these stressful times. When we get stressed, our self care can often be neglected, which leads us to struggling with mental health & sticking to our goals. 

I wrote a post on Self Care During Quarantine & also put together a guide if you would be interested in those resources. Practicing self care will ultimately help you with being able to prioritize yourself, helping you remain on track with your goals during this time. If you want any more self care ideas, I did also write a blog on The Importance of Self Care.

Practice gratitude.

Your mindset & what you choose to focus on everyday will play a major factor in how you get through a stressful time like this. When we are constantly focusing on everything that is going wrong & what we can’t control, it can create a heavy weight that is hard to handle. 

If you don’t practice gratitude yet, I would definitely consider starting a habit now, during this time of stress & uncertainty. If you already have created a habit, make sure that you are continuing to do so. 

I personally LOVE the Five Minute Journal.

I love this journal because it’s quick & gets right to the point. I’ve been using this journal for a couple years now and it’s really good for getting you in the habit of expressing gratitude.

Practicing gratitude will help you with your mindset & what you are focusing on everyday. Focusing what you do have and what you are still in control of. When you focus on what you still have & what you are still in control of, you are more likely to make healthier choices & be better able to show up for yourself!

Get outside when you can.

Fresh air can be incredibly helpful & therapeutic!

When stuck inside all day, it can be easy to slip into a mental funk. Try to make it a habit to spend at least 30 minutes a day outside breathing in some fresh air. Even going for a walk, run, bike ride, etc when you can! 

I always notice a difference when I take some time to get outside, especially since the weather is getting nice. There’s just so many benefits to spending some time outside!

Get into a routine.

While things have probably changed in your daily life, it is still very important to continue to get into a routine. Plan everything out & map out a routine that you can follow right now, while everything seems to be off centered. 

Getting into a routine will help with maintaining a sense of control & help you with making sure that you are prioritizing yourself & your health. I talk more about this in my post about Tips For Working From Home, if you need some more tips for planning your day!

Plan & prepare.

At the end of the day, it is incredibly important to make sure that you are continuing to plan your days to make sure that you are staying on track. Plan your workouts, plan when you are going to get outside, plan your meals, etc. 

The more you plan & prepare, the more likely you will be to continue tackling those goals! If you need anymore tips, I did write a post about My 10 Tips For Beating Bloat & Getting Back On Track that you might find helpful. ❤

give yourself some grace.

At the end of the day, we are all human. I’ve had many slip ups myself and I have to continue reminding myself that it’s okay at this time. I’ve drank a lot of wine, when I told myself that I wouldn’t. I’ve had many bowls of ice cream & other sweets. I neglected tracking my intake when I told myself that I wanted to make it a habit.

We are all learning & it’s incredibly important to make sure that you don’t beat yourself up when you don’t follow through with these daily goals. Tell yourself it’s okay. We are all human and we are all learning and trying to get through a difficult time!


I hope you found that list helpful! I know how difficult it is to have to completely changed your routine & what you know. Even if things have changed for you, there is definitely still some things that you can do to stay on track.

This time has forced us to have to think outside-the-box and get creative with our “new normal”. Sometimes, it can actually be a good thing to mix things up and try out some new things. Being forced out of what we know to start thinking & approaching things differently might actually be a good thing in some ways. Maybe you will be able to try out some new things that you wouldn’t have thought to do otherwise.

So, get out there and start really reaching for those goals of yours! ❤ What tips and strategies are you going to start implementing into your routine now?!

xx

-Jess

Tips for working from home

I’ve been working from home for almost 2 years now & it’s been one of my favorite things. I love being completely in charge of my schedule throughout the day. While it has become one of my favorite things that I’ve been able to create, it hasn’t been an easy journey to getting to where I am today.

With more and more people working from home, I completely understand how hard it can be to get into this new (maybe temporary) normal. Lucky for you, I’ve been able to test out a couple of things that I think will help you out for adjusting to this new normal.

Get prepared the night before

When you are working from home, it’s hard not to get into the mindset that you don’t need to prep as much as you would normally. However, I have found that preparing & prepping the night before is just as helpful to keep me on track all day.

Things to prep & prepare:

  • Meetings. It’s important to pull out your planner & write in when you have any meetings that you have to be present for.
  • Family/kids obligations. Write down in your planner any obligations that your kids have related to school, nap times, etc.

It makes it easier plan your day when you are able to see the times throughout the day that you are busy & need to work around.

  • Meals. Make sure that you have all of your meals planned out for the next day so you aren’t scrambling to figure out what you are eating. This can even go as far as planning out breakfast, lunch, snacks in addition to dinner and prepping them to save you time during the day. 

Stick to a schedule/routine

Writing down everything that you have to do, especially those that have to be done at a certain time is important for making sure that your day runs smoothly. 

It’s important to pencil in those times in your schedule so you can see when you can tackle your work and how long you have at each time. Depending on what your household is like, this will look different for each individual. 

If you are like me and don’t have any kids & not many meetings to work around, then your schedule will obviously have much more flexibility. 

Even if you are like me, it is very important to get yourself into a good routine to make sure that you stay on task and remain productive.

Get ready for the day 

I believe this varies from person to person. I know there are several people who are more productive if they get dressed and ready for the day. Personally, I prefer to work in my comfy clothes.

You know yourself best & maybe you need to test out what works best for you. But, I would definitely continue with your usual morning routine if possible. 

My morning routine has shifted since my boyfriend is working from home with me, but I have generated a new morning routine that contains my non negotiable self care items and gives me the time I need to myself.  You can read more about this routine in my post, My Morning Routine As A Young Entrepreneur Working From Home!

Give yourself breaks throughout the day

One of the first things that I noticed when I started working from home is that I thought I had to be working all the time, constantly throughout the day. It can be hard to manage your time when outside of your usual office environment. However, that is the best way to work yourself straight to burnout and frustration. 

Listen to your mind & body and give yourself the necessary breaks throughout the day! These can be shorter 10-15 minute breaks or longer, 1-2 hour breaks throughout the day. Definitely listen to your mind & your body & listen to what you need. Having trouble finding motivation? I check out my Tips For When You’re Not Feeling Motivated.

For me, I like to give myself multiple 10-15 minute breaks between work items and then I will take a longer 2 hour break from about 11am-1pm. I started doing this because I noticed that I work best early in the morning, then get a second wave later in the afternoon. Which is why it’s incredibly important to listen to yourself & base your schedule around what works best for YOU!

Ideas for what to do when taking longer breaks:

  • Get outside! Especially right now when we are all stuck at home all day, it can be very easy to get cabin fever. Even if it’s just sitting on my patio for a little bit to breath in some fresh air. It’s important that you are getting out of the inside of your home, giving yourself a break from everything & just get refreshed. Especially now that spring is here and the weather is getting nicer! We all need to get outside & enjoy the fresh air.
  • Exercise. For me, I personally prefer to get my workout in first thing in the morning because the whole process of working out can take a couple hours. However, getting in a workout can be a really great way to take a break from your work & release some stress.
  • Go on a walk. I’ve been trying to make it a habit to go on a 20-30 minute walk at lunchtime to get out of my apartment, get some fresh air & even get in some light cardio. Especially if it’s a nice day, try to get out of the house and walk around!
  • Chores around the house. I will sometimes schedule in times throughout the day to tackle some of those chores around the house to give me a break & also continue staying productive. I will use this time to do laundry, run the dishwasher, put dishes away, clean my cat’s litterbox, etc.

As you can see, most of my ideas have to do with getting out and moving your body, which I think is incredibly important, especially right now. I think that getting outside and walking around is great practice, even if you work at an office usually and you have the opportunity. It’s just a really good habit to start getting into!

Batch your time throughout the day

What does that even mean? It means dedicate chunks of time to work throughout the day, rather than trying to get everything done at once. 

This is where penciling in meetings & other other obligations into your schedule is helpful so you can see what time frames you have to work with.

I like to chunk 1 hour at a time and give myself at least a 10 minute break before moving into my next task to complete. It is sometimes longer & shorter, depending on if I get into flow when working. You can read more in my post about Time Management While Working From Home.

What works best for you?

I do believe that this is different for everybody, which is why it’s important to be able to figure out what works best for you specifically.

For me, I notice that I am much more productive earlier in the morning, so I try to get to my desk as early as possible to make sure that I am able to tap into the max productivity. I realized that if I wait until later in the morning/day to try to start getting to work, I will get distracted and have a hard time focusing. But, like I’ve mentioned, that doesn’t work for everybody.


WHAT I DON’T RECOMMEND

What I absolutely do not recommend is trying to work from bed. I know how tempting it is to wake up and just grab your laptop and try working from bed, but I do not think that is the best way to approach working from home. However, I have done this before when I don’t feel good, but it’s not something that I do all the time.

There are just so many factors that go into being productive working from home and I do truly believe that you should treat it like you would if you were going into the office. Try to keep your routine as “normal” as possible. What might seem like a good, tempting idea, might not be the best, healthiest and most productive decision.

Now, it’s time to start planning out your at-home workday! What does this look like for you?!

I hope you found this helpful! ❤

-Jessie