Before, after, or in-between my necessary daily responsibilities, something that has helped me improve my mood on good days is to focus on balancing what I call the “trifecta” of mind, body, and soul.
Whether it is our job, our pets, our family, our plants, or our chores, everyone has their own personal duties that need to be completed.
Too often, we let the responsibilities take over our life, and replace our fun.
Similarly, some of us let fun get out-of-control, which can interfere with those responsibilities that we need to sustain ourselves.
I’m not going to be focusing on balancing work and play in this post, however, because everyone’s varying work-stress and fun-levels are so different that it would be way too hard for me to make any solid recommendations.
I certainly haven’t even figured out my own work/play balance to this day.
I get so overwhelmed with work sometimes that I have never been able to work a full-time job, and part-time jobs have been fleeting in my life as well.
I felt like I was doing best when I worked multiple part-time jobs, took courses at college full-time, and was able to hang out and party with my friends whenever there was an event or show we’d all attend together.
Looking back, I realize that it wasn’t taking the best care of myself. I was happy with medication, drugs, school, and fulfilling, but non-stop, work. I wasn’t actually helping myself feel better because I was just distracting myself by filling up my schedule so I never had time to focus on and feel my true emotions.
I was slapping a band-aid on my problems for so long, it’s no wonder I can feel so tortured now. Being naturally introspective, I see that my past traumas come to me in the form of sadness and fear, better known as my depression and anxiety.
I am getting better at managing the circumstances that trigger my sorrow or my heart palpitations. I’m definitely getting better about not letting an event undo all of my emotional progress.
Of course, I still have bad days, sometimes even bad weeks. I utilize my medication and I see my doctor regularly, but I still like to use holistic techniques to help combat those inexorable grim days.
Tonight, I’ll focus on my mind, body, and soul balance.
I work this in-between my work and chores throughout the day because I stagger my working hours, as it is easier on my mental health.
I’d like to post this everyday to keep track of the different ways that I’m taking care of the most important physical and metaphysical parts of my life to achieve that higher state-of-being that we are all reaching for.
Reading His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass.
I don’t like to admit that I started reading a series after it had already become a TV show. This is double-shame for me because I’ve been meaning to read this series since high school when The Golden Compass film came out!
I’m about one-fifth of the way through and LOVE it so far. It’s exactly the type of fantasy novel I needed in my life right now.
Some light exercise in the morning before working, believe it or not.
My friend’s wedding in Puerto Rico is coming up in just over a month. I always think to myself, “Summer body happens in winter!”
I never follow through, though.
This time I’m thinking, “Wedding photos are forever!” So I want to get my beach bod and pre-tan on before. I hope I can get myself to keep up this time.
I cooked a healthy and tasty vegan dinner for me and my honey tonight. Rice, red beans, and salad. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting a picture later.
If you don’t take a picture of your dinner, did you even have anything?!
I feel great today. It always feels good to get more than you expected done in a day, although I didn’t make much money working. IT HAPPENS!
Camming is like waitressing, but with your pussy. You work for tips. Some days are good, and some days suck. You just have to keep on pushing.
What did you do for your mind, body, and soul today? Choosing one specific thing that you can categorize for each of the three is enough for me to say I’ve fulfilled my goal. You can, too!
And so it is.