Happy Wednesday, Latte drinkers! Today I branched out to treat myself to a cappuccino instead of my regular latte because my friend suggested I branch out and try something new. Fortunately for my taste buds, we’re at a staff retreat close to my favorite coffee shop. Unfortunately for my wallet, we’re at a staff retreat close to my favorite coffee shop. I’m sure I’ll update the world on how I feel about the cappuccino on my insta, so stay tuned, because I know you care.
We like to play this game at work called, “What did you lie about in your interview?” because we all probably creatively stretch the truth in an interview. It’s like saying “Microsoft Word? I excel at that!” when we don’t know the first thing about mail merge. Props to Pai for the hilarious Microsoft joke. I love that guy. Anyway, I’ve probably told this story before. If I have, excuse me. When the interviewer asked me “How do you handle stress?” I told him “I handle it well,” or something like that. (OK I’m sure I’ve told this before. I’m positive this is my opener for any blog post I ever write related to stress.)
In reality, I just break out in beautiful cystic acne on my cheeks and cry and drink more caffeine. The truth is, I perform well under pressure. Maybe it’s the creative side in me, maybe it’s the years of procrastinating in high school and college paying off.
Last night I walked in the door from work and spent a solid 20 minutes lying on the floor asking myself the basic questions every 20something woman asks herself often.
Why can’t I afford to pay someone to clean my apartment for me?
How do I adult?
Why are lattes so expensive?
In today’s society where we just go go go, it is incredibly easy to get overwhelmed and end up crumpled in the floor questioning the way the world works. I have found a few things to help me get back on track, and I want to share the joy with you.
1 – Candles.
Candles candles candles. I love those things. Even if you don’t have a Pinterest clean house, lighting a refreshing candle is enough to make you think your house is cleaner than it is or it will inspire you to do a 10 second tidy.
2 – Take a Shower.
Why does this work? I don’t know, but sometimes you just need to stand under hot water and think for a long time. When you come out, your hair smells nice and coconutty and you have a fresh perspective on life.
3 – Introspect.
Sit out on the porch in the pouring rain and set your alarm on your phone for 5 minutes. Put your phone on “do not disturb” and just write (with an actual pen and paper) whatever comes to mind. Stream of consciousness! Yay!
4 – Lists are your best friend.
Yesterday I had an epiphany that I’m sure some organizational guru has written in some blog that makes 100,000 times more money than this one makes. Make a list of all the things you need to do. Put little boxes in front of said things. THEN – this is the most exciting part – number the things you need to do based on priority/ease/or which you want to do first. I like to start with the small things and work up to the bigger things.
5 – Hang said list on your fridge.
Smile at yourself every time you accomplish a task. Treat yourself with a bubble bath. Or going to bed at a decent time. Or 15 solid minutes of Pinteresting wedding bouquets.
PS why are flower options so stressful???
What are things you like to do to help yo’self out when you feel overwhelmed?