Sunday self-care: Morning routines

I know a ton of people suffer with anxiety, and lately, I’ve had lot of it. You know when you’re ambling along, everything is fine, and then BOOM all of the anxiety hits at once? It’s funny because I’m constantly left feeling the same way, “How did I think everything was ok? What signs did I miss?”

I’ve gotten much better at identifying signs of building tension or burn out (which is so common for teachers in June). When I get too obsessive or lost in work, I’ve trained myself to say, “You’re working at a lunatic’s pace, and you need to slow down.” This time, however, it was random. It was my body just failing me and causing me to be anxious when I’ve done what I need to do to be healthy and happy.

So, I just allowed myself to be anxious. Literally. I woke up early in the morning, and just let myself get my head together. And then I started my routine of meditating and self-care. It might sound-as my favorite podcast host/inspirational author Cara Alwill Leyba says- “very wu wu or mystical” but I promise you it’s not. It’s smart. Waking up in the morning and practicing acts of self-care is so important, whether you’re a stay at home mom or a teacher or whatever!

Whatever your morning self-care routine looks like it is not a waste of time. It’s something that has deeply healed me and allowed me to stay focused and fresh throughout the day.

Anyone can do it. Even those of you who say, you are NOT a morning person. Whether it’s something like making breakfast, reading a book, meditating, doing affirmations etc., you can do it.

Throughout the day, I’ll be adding some self-care resources. I’m also curious: What does your morning self-care routine look like? Or, what would your dream morning look like?

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Writer Wednesday: Pieces

Writing a new story has been like trying to mash pieces of a puzzle together, and lately, I’ve struggled with starting Book 2 of my series. It feels like my head is all scrambled. I’ve sent out queries to a bunch of agents, and I’m waiting on responses. I’m trying to haphazardly ascend to the next step, but right now I feel stuck. As a result, I feel like there are these thoughts whirling about in my brain while I’m trying to focus on a completely different project.

I’ve been trying to figure out whether I should outline, research, or just write. I feel like I need to make this perfect product, when in reality, I can’t make a perfect product all in 1 shot. I need to write in pieces. I need to plan in pieces. I keep acting like I’m just going to have a completed master puzzle, but I’m skipping the step when I’m trying to push the cardboard pieces together, one at a time.

I think it’s time to take a breath and reset my mind and be ok with the fact that it’s a new project, and that it’s obviously not going to be done like Book 1. It’s fresh, and I’m allowed to take my time putting all of the pieces together.

How do you start a new project? What’s your process like?