6 Ways to Get Back in Touch With You

 

Wake up. Go to work. Hit the gym. Sleep. Repeat. It’s so easy to get lost in the world wind of life and lose touch of you. Things become so routine that your body begins to perform behaviors on autopilot. It’s no wonder that we are so easily burnt out with the repetitive Monday through Friday routine that we replay week after week.

There are several things that I do in order to stay grounded and in touch with myself in the midst of it all. Each of these techniques will heighten your appreciation for staying fully present and living in the now.

 

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Environment

After work, place yourself in a stress free environment. This means creating an area that’s meant just for you, away from stress, away from distraction, and if necessary away from people. As an introvert, I often find myself needing to pull away from being too social as it really depletes my soul and energy. Find a place where you can escape it all. My place away from it all is either the beach or the gym. The sound of rushing waves is the most soothing thing in the Universe. Both locations allow me to recharge while turning off the outside world. If you can’t escape your environment, then try to work creatively with the space that you have. Try hiding out in your backyard garden… Tell the kiddos to go play outside… If all else fails, invest in a good pair of headphones to tune things out.

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Meditate

People are so surprised when I tell them that I meditate. There’s nothing like clarity of the mind. Meditating is a great way to spring clean your slate after a busy day. Not only does it allow you to think more clearly, but it makes your thought processes more efficient. Whenever I need to be creative and productive, I make sure to set time aside for my meditation routine. If you’re new to meditating, I recommend the Calm app. It offers guided meditation so that you have an idea of what to do and for how long. Youtube is also a great resource for beginners. At first it will seem difficult to concentrate on, but stick with it! The more you meditate, the easier you will find it to become.

Consumption

Oftentimes, they say that you are what you eat. Let me set the record straight! You are what you allow yourself to consume. This relates not only to what you may eat or drink, but to everything that enters and surrounds you. Consider what social company you are keeping, your current partner, your work life, living arrangements, and even what you are reading and watching on tv. All of these play a major role in your current mood and aura that you put off. If something isn’t doing you a positive, let it go! It’s not worth your sanity.

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Rest

I can not tell you enough, to get adequate rest! Sleep is how the body rejuvenates and repairs itself. If you’re not getting enough of it, then your sending your body down a staircase of despair. Your brain will not function adequately. Your tissue will not repair correctly. Get some sleep! Studies on recommended sleep requirements constantly fluctuate. I try to clock at least 7-8 hours nightly… and guess what? A nap never hurt anyone!

Exercise

This goes hand and hand with the meditation. Meditation exercises the mind, while exercise works on the body. Following a routine involving both of the latter have created for some of the most creative moments in my life. I’m more inspired during these times. My brain is legit on go. It’s like it wants me to max out it’s creative capacity. Did I also mention that tip will keep you right and tight. Go the extra mile. Begin (and stick to) a workout regiment. Runner’s high is really a thing! Eventually it will become habit. It’s just a win win situation all around. Exercise is a great way to get back in touch with you.

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Habits

Ask yourself if you are creating health habits. If you’re not sure, look introspectively at how intentional your behaviors are. Make it a point to note elements of gratitude at the end of each week. Every couple of months you should also take a conscious look at your progress toward goals. All of these will allow you to live with intent to define your true self.

Have you tried any of these suggestions? I’m curious to see how it is that you get back in touch with you. Drop me a comment below if you have suggestions of your own.

 

 

Spring Time, in Houston Texas

Hello, Spring! Are you there? Yes, it is… Today is the first official day of Spring–or at least that’s what the meteorological calendar says. We’re in Texas, so we really don’t know. And, in Houston, things are even worse! Houston is one of the most moody cities that I’ve ever lived in. One day we have torrential storms, the next day it’s halter tops and BBQing by the pool.

If I have a favorite season, Spring is definitely it. It’s a time of anew: renewed positivity, fresh starts, and personal growth. In this blog, I’ve enumerated all of the little things that I love about Spring in Houston, Texas!

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Fashion

Spring brings with it the acceptability of wearing halter tops, rompers, daisy dukes and sundresses without people looking at you like you are crazy. Also, you have the widest range of shoe options. You can pair an outfit with flip flops, sandals, wedges, heels… The possibilities are really endless. Then, there’s the accessorizing: sunglasses, belts, watches, bracelets, and hair adornment. I’m getting excited just talking about it.

Patio Dining

As if I didn’t have enough excuses to visit Houston’s premier dining and cocktail venues… Warm weather means we should all be outdoors with a drink in hand. If you’re into people watching and patio dining, then I recommend Memorial City’s City Centre, Sugar Land’s First Colony Mall, or Downtown’s Axelrad Beer Garden . These spots allow for easy bar hopping, as well as sophisticated bites. These are perfect options for a business luncheon, date night , just going out with the girls. 

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Parties

This is the best time to throw a party. The weather is typically just right! Whether it’s a backyard BBQ, a fancy themed tea party, or just parlaying by the pool… I love it all. Being under the veil of direct sunlight just does something so miraculous to my soul. Parties mean food, so you know you have to come with your A game! People will definitely talk about you if you’re host to a party with bad food! Having been in Houston for so long, I feel that I’ve mastered all of the best party dishes. If I’m trying to show out, Crawfish is by far my favorite menu item. If I’m wanting something easy and relaxed, I love to do a loaded nacho bar. Cold beer and food. Side note: Spring socials are a great way to meet people in a relaxed setting. So, if you’re an introvert like me, spring is your season boo!

Outdoor Attractions

As Spring approaches, Texans begin to prepare for all of the upcoming attractions. My favorite are Mardi Gras, the Houston Rodeo, and all of the concerts at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. In Texas, events like these are a low key fashion shows. Think stylish, but functional enough to still move around. My typical attire for outdoorsy events is usually blue jean shorts, a pair cowboy boots or wedges, and a cute tank. Oh, and don’t sleep on all of the great parks! My favorite are Discovery Green and Herman Park. These are great for relaxed fun in the sun with friends. Check out a listing of Houston’s most up to date festivals for the year.

I have so many past Spring time memories and I plan to make even more this year.

What do you love about Spring? Let me know down below.

 

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