In the US, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, while in the UK, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. For those of you that don’t know, I have anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. While I have not written about it extensively on here, I post updates and struggles on my Instagram and have uploaded a couple of videos to my YouTube channel, including “OCD & Me”. I’m also honest with my students and have used anxiety as a theme for class on multiple occasions.
When was the last time you felt like you were being pulled in 20 different directions? Or do you ever just feel like an air head with your head up in the clouds? Or do you simply just have too much going on at once? On top of whatever you may be going through, it is also Springtime. Activities are picking up, we’re spending more time outside, and you might even have some travel plans lined up. Even though Spring is a time of growth and blossoming, because of the extra buzz of energy, it often leaves me feeling ungrounded.
There is something about Spring that brings out the worst in my mental health. For many, it’s because of allergies that leave you with a foggy head. Just the other day CNN posted an article about the relationship between allergies and depression. However, for me, it’s the sight of seeing everything around me grow that leaves me feeling like I’m the only one who isn’t progressing.
If you follow any wellness blogger or health and wellness website, you have probably heard about collagen. It’s one of the biggest trends right now. People are putting it in their coffee, tea, matcha, and smoothies. They say you can even bake with it. One of my goals this year is to experiment more with food so I thought, why not try it?
You all loved reading about my morning routine, so now I want to give you a little insight into my evening routine. While my mornings are designed to start my day on a positive note, the evenings are for unwinding and reflecting. I won’t lie to you, sometimes my morning routine gets thrown out the window, but I almost always keep my evening routine in place. It provides me with time to relax and reconnect, but most importantly, it sets me up for a good night’s sleep.
I have a pretty large essential oil collection, kind of on accident. It’s a long story. As essential oils can be an investment, instead of getting rid of the ones I wasn’t using, I decided to experiment. While there are a ton of ways to use oils, in the process of playing around, I’ve learned I’m more inclined to use them in a diffuser.
Recently, I added a few new skincare products into my routine all at once. My skin strongly did not agree with one them, I just didn’t know which. So I decided to give my skin a break and strip back to bare bones. However, I love the ritual of a weekly or bi-weekly face mask for relaxing. I didn’t want to give it up, but I wanted to stick with simplicity. So I decided to do something weird and try honey.
After doing my research on routines, I started putting mine to the test. It’s been over 2 weeks of a consistent morning routine, and I have to say, it’s kind of amazing how much more productive I am. Starting my day off right has made a big difference in not just my work life, but in my personal practices.