Hello hello there! I really played around with the title of this blog post a lot. I’m not even sure it makes sense, but how and ever. When I say “8 ways to reset yourself”, I mean to set yourself straight, again – or differently if you’ve gone off the walls for whatever reason.
The past month, pretty much since I returned from my trip to Ireland to get my new visa, has been far from normal for me. I’m going to go ahead and call it chaotic. As soon as I got back, Conor and I went full throttle into apartment hunting. The lease was up on our studio, and while we did end up growing quite attached to it, it was just time for us to leave it. We both work quite near each other, so it made sense for us to try and find somewhere closer to that area.
Guys, I am not joking when I say that apartment hunting in New York is one of the hardest things ever. Ever! The only reason we got the place we were living in for the past year was by paying a crazy brokers fee (sad face) and through the help of a friend of my dads (thank God!). In this city you need every single bit of help that you can get in order to make things happen. I’m certainly not afraid to ask for help anymore, and neither should you if you find yourself here.
To make a long story short, we really really struggled this time around to find somewhere. Remember that phone call I talked about this post? Well everything went absolutely belly up after that so my nerves around that time were not at all put at ease! We have somewhere to stay for the time being, but are still looking for somewhere more permanent. We’re so lucky that we have anywhere at all though to be honest!
I realized after the past few weeks that I am really awful at dealing with stress. I know that I am so fortunate to be stressing over somewhere to live, and not anything else more serious. Like losing a job, or someone I love. But stress is stress at the end of the day and it’s so important to learn how to cope and try and put things into perspective when things seem hopeless.
I have to admit I was freaked out over not being in control of the situation and what was going to happen. My whole body broke out in hives from my head to my feet, and I still have cuts on my hands from scratching myself in my sleep. Could you actually imagine what a nut job I would be if I had a problem that genuinely could never be solved? Like, actually having hives all over my body was probably stressing me out more than the whole situation that lead to them!
I always try and share blogposts that I think other people might find useful. 99 times out of 100, they will always be a direct reflection of how I’m feeling or what’s going on in my life at a given time. This time I’m talking through ways that I think helped me to get back to normal. Let me know if you can relate at all.
8 Ways to Reset Yourself
Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier
I am the queen of the snooze button, but always get so stressed in morning when I don’t leave enough time. Staying organized is one way to avoid stress first thing in the morning. Which leads me to my next point.
Keep your surroundings tidy
This point needs no explanation.
Treat yourself, but not with food!
Candles, or a pair of shoes you’ve had your eye on will make you feel so much better than a huge dirty Shake Shack. I always make sure to treat myself food wise too, but I inevitably feel so guilty after something ridiculously greasy and fatty. My skin does not respond well to that sort of food, so guess what happens? I break out and get stressed all over again.
Eating well and exercising plays such a huge role in how you feel each and every day. I even found that substituting out a protein bar, and introducing fruit instead, makes me feel so much better. Processed foods will never trump fresh fruit and veg, regardless of whether or not you’re trying to hit certain goals with your nutrition.
God love my friends and family because I seriously burn the ear off whoever will listen when I’m having a rough day. Talking out your problems with someone will more often than not, shed some light on the situation that you may not have realized if you kept it to yourself.
Make a list and start small
Nothing makes me feel better than a long and thorough list. Actually, correction. What makes me feel better is ticking things off my list. I always start small just to get the momentum going, then tackle the big jobs when there is an end in sight.
Do you ever find yourself running around like a mad woman going here there and everywhere to either meet someone, or go somewhere? I do! If I had my way I would be tucked up in bed at home watching a movie when I’m stressed. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed with anything, put other peoples needs on hold. Focus on how to figure out your issue first and foremost.
Enjoy your downtime
I mean, this is just essential. This past weekend was spent doing zero work and just catching up with some old friends and the girls. I’m most definitely still paying for it, and my bank balance is not happy with me, but it has to be done to blow off some steam!
Hope everyone has a great week!