• Shelly Elliott

Time-Out: Making time for myself and my husband

Happy February! 2017 is already 1/12 over.... let that sink in. Take some time to check-in with your goals you set for yourself in 2017. How are things going? Have you made progress? Why or why not? Is there anything you want to change or modify for the year? Go ahead! It's a game plan for your success; make it so that it is useful to you.

I have spent the last two weeks primarily focusing on finishing up our project in Davenport (see the previous blog post for details), and spending time outside of work with my husband and working on promoting the blog. January 26 was my last day in Davenport, and last week was the first full week I have been working in Pittsburgh and coming home to Scott since Christmas. I'm using this time to catch up on us, and give us the chance to do things together that we haven't been able to like meet up with friends for happy hour, cook dinner together, and even just sit on the couch and watch a game or TV show together. It doesn't have to be anything fancy- just quality time together.

Finishing a project reminds me of how I felt at the end of mid-terms or finals in college; it's a challenge staying focused to study hard for exams, but once they are over, it feels like a huge weight off is lifted off your shoulders. I loved coming home, sleeping in, working out, and reading books for fun to relax, rejuvenate, and reset.

We get in such a grind with our daily lives, and it is important to recognize when you need to take time for yourself and make time for those around you. While you should be making some time for yourself each and every day, sometimes we need more. Recognizing when that happens and what you can do to meet your needs is important. Here are a few ideas:

  • Exercise: Running, yoga, spinning, swimming, whatever you enjoy! Physical health is a crucial piece of overall well-being and can help relieve stress.

  • Reading: This may not be for everyone, but making time to read (not the news!) novels, classic literature, biographies and memoirs is a tool I have used to unwind, especially before bed.

  • Outdoors: Just get outside! Getting out in the sunlight and spending time with Mother Nature can be a welcome distraction from the hustle and bustle of every day life.

  • Cooking: Every once in a blue moon, I get the urge to cook (an extremely small proportion of my mom’s cooking skills rubbed off on me). I pull up a recipe and start the creation. There’s something therapeutic about cooking, and for me, someone who likes to see (or taste!) the result of my work, it leaves me with a sense of accomplishment and a full belly.

  • Travel: Though some people find travel exhausting and completely loathe leaving home, a vacation or adventure can be a way to reset and rejuvenate.

  • Crafts: Unleash your creative side and let your brain run wild!

  • Journal: Writing is another way to get your creative juices flowing and also promotes expression, thinking, and learning.

Find what works for you, and when you feel stressed, burnt out, or just can’t focus, make time to relax, rejuvenate, and reset.

Stay tuned this month for our first guest blogger feature!

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