Warning–this post is kind of all over the place.
With all of the malice and detestable acts going on in the world, it’s important to take a break in order to maintain your sanity.
I’ve always seen screenshots of Alex Elle quotes floating around on Instagram, and I finally decided to stop lurking and follow her. It’s amazing how healing and reassuring her words are. I took a few of the quotes I could take off her of account and created some simple wallpapers for my laptop.
I made four wallpapers that switch out every day so every time I get on my laptop, I see something reaffirming. It’s refreshing, and definitely a good pick-me-up.
I’ve also started the 30 days of minimalism challenge from into-mind.com, and just wanted to go over my experience thus far. I figured this would give me something to focus on and create a simple, short-term routine.
Day 1: Stay offline for one day
I’m pretty much always glued to my phone. The day I chose to do this, I didn’t have too many responsibilities, so I tailored it to my own lifestyle. While staying offline was kind of a stretch, I stayed off social media instead. I used my phone to play a few games and catch up on my subscriptions on YouTube but that’s about it. It was definitely a breath of fresh air.
Day 2: Meditate for fifteen minutes
I started a special plan on my Bible app that’ll get me through the whole book within a year. I read two days’ worth of my plan and focused on that. It was a little more than fifteen minutes but that’s definitely no biggie.
Day 3: Declutter your digital life
I recently went through and deleted some old documents and pictures off my laptop so this one wasn’t too hard. I just tidied up a bit more. This helps because I can find the documents I’m looking for in a quicker manner, and definitely makes it less stressful. (I then found a bunch of hidden pictures. I deleted like 1000 files lol. No exaggeration.)
I’ll be reporting my journey with this challenge weekly!
Sometimes working as a blogger can be tough. I’m definitely a night owl, and rarely start any type of work before midnight. I’m a homebody and like to write my posts while lounging on my couch. This isn’t exactly a good equation for someone who works at home! I try to force myself to focus, since I like to work late and can’t exactly head to a coffee shop to work at 2 am. A teacher in high school told me to never do work in the bed because your brain knows what your bed is for–relaxing and sleeping. Working in the bed is counter-productive.
As we recognize the horrible events that happen at home and worldwide, it’s important to sometimes detach yourself and do something that makes you happy. You’re not “ignoring the cause” just because you’ve decided to not allow the recent events to consume your entire life. It’s important to tend to your mental health. Being aware does not require subjecting yourself to tough material. Detach, deactivate, or decrease. Apply those words to your social media accounts in order to maintain good mental health and not feel drained.
black lives matter.