- Switching up my workout routine. With summer travel, I got a bit off track with my workout schedule. This October, I’m determined to get back into the game. I’m training for my fourth half marathon in November, but am more concerned with other forms of exercise this time around so that I don’t get hurt. I recently signed up with ClassPass (no incentive to endorse them, I just like it) – which allows me to go to 5 classes/month at local boutique fitness studios for a fraction of what I’d pay for the classes directly. Thanks to ClassPass, I’ve successfully integrated spin, barre, and yoga back into my routine.
- Meditating. I downloaded the Calm app last winter, and was briefly very good about incorporating these 10 minute meditation sessions into my life. As with most of my habits, it slowly fell off my radar. With the start of a new month, I’m back to making a few minutes for mindfulness every morning, and feeling a lot better as a result.
- Socializing during the week. Since I work remotely from my house for a company in Philadelphia and my husband generally works insane hours, there are sometimes days at a time that I go without seeing anyone other than my pets. Isolation makes the weeks drag by, but I’m definitely an introvert and don’t always like to have too many plans. However, I’ve found that I’m a lot happier when I make time for a dinner, a glass of wine, or even just a workout class with one of my girlfriends during the week.
- Getting enough sleep. Some people are night owls and can function on little to no sleep. I am not one of those people. If I get less than 7-8 hours, I feel foggy and miserable, and have difficulty focusing on work. In looking for ways to get a better night of shuteye, I invested in an essential oil diffuser (lavender essential oil almost immediately knocks me out) and have been wearing an eye mask since my room doesn’t get 100% dark.
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