As I attempt to prepare myself for what will undoubtedly be the most mentally and emotionally exhausting summer of my life, I have decided now is the time to really treat myself.
That’s right, folks. I’m taking a page out of the playbook of Donna Meagle & Tom Haverford. I’m going to focus the rest of the summer on pampering my body as well as my mind.
I’ve got a couple of months to go before we go through IVF and I’m determined to spend that time taking care of myself. Don’t get me wrong; I’m pretty happy with myself as is, but I think everyone could probably admit that when they get busy, certain areas of their lives start to suffer. Things that were once important quickly fall to the wayside. For me, one of those things is the gym. I feel so much better when I work out, yet it’s amazing how quickly I will forgo a trip to the gym after a particularly trying day at work. What’s truly baffling though, is that I know going to the gym will actually make me feel better than going home and laying on my couch. It’s about changing that mindset and not allowing myself to come up with a million excuses. And it’s the little changes to my routine that will make it easier to be successful.
My first change is going to be packing a bag of gym clothes and putting them in my car. Lately, I’ve been driving to the park and ride nearest to my house in order to take the bus downtown for work each morning. It may seem more lazy than walking to the bus stop a block and a half from my house, but the difference in transit time is about 20 minutes each way. The 40 minutes I save every day would be put to good use by stopping at the gym on the way home. I can get my endorphin rush on and still be home in time to make my husband a delicious and nutritious dinner.
Some of the other “treats” I’ve decided to try include floating, massage and acupuncture. I’ve got my first floating appointment this Sunday and I’m excited to give it a go! I think it’ll be a bit of a challenge to turn my brain off for an entire hour, but I’m willing to give it the proverbial college try. Acupuncture is another technique that I’ve never tried before, but everyone I know who has tried it swears by it. The fact that it has been said to help with fertility issues is just an added bonus.
I’m excited to implement some new ideas in to my regular routine, but I’m also open to suggestions. What are some of the ways you like to relax? Do you have any surefire ways to keep your stress levels down? Any and all ideas are welcome. In the meantime, I’ll happily keep you posted on my new and exciting exploits.