Hello! Can you believe it is fall?! Can you believe September is almost over? Is anyone else wondering where the month went??? I’m already planning on staying up until midnight on the last day of September and kissing a pumpkin to officially welcome October. I made Jordan start this tradition with me last year and I plan to continue the weirdness. October is my favorite month of the entire year and I’m hoping with all my might that it won’t fly by as quickly as the past 29 days.
Life has felt like a complete blur lately, a happily busy blur but a blur nonetheless! Between work, studying for the lsat, attempting to eat healthfully, exercise and maintain a social life and blog…I’ve really been burning the candle at both ends. I don’t live a particularly chaotic life (I realize this), but boy has the last month felt exhausting. I am 1000% craving a full weekend just to clean my apartment, go on a few long walks (or runs) and take a hot bath (alone!). I’m in definite need of some recharge time.
Jordan had a root canal on Tuesday and I spent my time Tuesday evening taking care of him. Since the only real care he needed was sleep, water and ice cream, I took advantage of using the evening efficiently. I spent a full two hours deep cleaning my apartment and another full two hours studying for the LSAT. I made dinner and packed lunches for the next day. I walked Pierre and went grocery shopping. By 9:30 at night I felt so happily accomplished I wanted nothing more than to hop into bed and read until my eyes fluttered shut. So, I did.
I must have said this a million times before but mental health is so important. Taking an afternoon to declutter my life (and thus my mind) goes a long way in combatting anxiety. I’m simply not someone who can be happy when every evening is jam packed with social obligations. I need that time to walk my dog, to do laundry or just to lay on the couch reading a book. Without time to maintain my physical health and mental wellbeing I just don’t feel like me.
I fully intend to decline ALL social engagements this week in favor of relaxed life organization. Maybe my desire for quiet solitude and deep cleaning makes me a complete social pariah, so be it.
From now until December I don’t see life slowing down one bit. With holidays, work, and LSAT prep my nights and weekends seem full! Toss in a few weekend trips and I’m fairly certain I’ll need a few mental health afternoons (since full mental health days aren’t always entirely possible).
How do you do juggle it all? Yes, I’m talking to you, the girl on the other side of the screen who is likely much busier than me. How do you gracefully say “no” to additional responsibilities? How do you choose which social events to engage in? What is your favorite way to decompress when life is go go GO?! I totally value your strategies and opinions!