I have a confession to make. I haven’t really read all month, whether it be a physical book or audiobook. In fact, I haven’t even thought about blogging or posting in the last couple of weeks. Instead, I’ve been taking my own advice for a little bit while keeping my ear to the ground: practice self-care and “practice what I preach”.
I’ve mentioned previously that I enjoy the use of a to-do list. It’s the one organizational tactic that I use that restores some level of sanity in me. I tend to be a task-oriented person, so ticking off the check mark next to a particular task is the understatement of accomplishment in my book, especially with two children. These items on my to-do list are some steps to help me better myself and my family, whether they be personal or professional. It doesn’t matter how it gets done; it just needs to get done.
I’m not sure why, but this month has been especially difficult for my mood. It could be the cold weather, the constant snowstorms that I’ve experienced this winter in southeastern Pennsylvania, or just Seasonal Affective Disorder (aptly abbreviated SAD). It could also be the fact that most things to do have been shut down due to the pandemic or even though the population is getting vaccinated, we are still restricted from “normal” activities.
Either way, these things can tend to affect my mood. I’ve been trying to work on improving my mood and mindset. Whether this is exercise, reading, or both (maybe not at the same time) and if it takes scheduling this stuff into my routine, so be it. It’s okay to move with the wind, but when you start to notice that your well-being is affected daily, it’s time to start implementing it. It seems simple and like I’m stating the obvious, but it’s forgotten at times.
I promise that I will finish books and write more posts soon. Trust me, I have plenty of ideas. Stay tuned.