How I’m Keeping it Together

Hey Friends,

I’m finally all moved in and recently started classes. The first meatless casserole of the semester entered the oven (no-meat meatball & rotini pasta casserole) and I’m slowly getting into the groove of things. 

My cup of Colombian coffee with a splash of vanilla soy milk accompanied by a fiber & protein filled breakfast has fueled every day here in Wilmington so far –and I’m feeling better than ever. The only things that currently take up most of my time are stress management and organization.

Organizing my life/daily schedule is one of the most vital and stress relieving activities I’ve taken up and it’s definitely helped me sleep at night. Here’s how I do it:

With my iPhone calendar, notes, and alarms, I’m able to stay on top of things and make sure I’m where I’m supposed to be at every given moment. Color coding certain entries keeps me interested and makes my activities look less like a blur.

Grocery lists are written on sticky notes for an easy and tangible way to grab & go while I’m walking out of my apartment. Also, actually writing with the old fashioned pen & paper helps me remember things better. 

I always keep in mind that there is a lot going on in our heads. A single noise, song, or conversation with a friend can wipe out an entire thought process — and that’s why it’s so important for me to jot down or type new plans or ideas that surface right then and there.

Along with these different organization techniques I’ve adapted, dealing with stressful situations has been easier with deep breathing.

Lately my issues come up really fast and seem to make everything else in life crumble quickly. In a single second, my day can go from amazing to awful. But this is when I tell myself to slow it down. I can’t control how fast problems come my way, but I can control my response. Taking deep, slow breaths then exploring options has fixed everything so far. There are always options and solutions, I just have to slow down and find them.

I’m promoting all of these techniques and sharing it because this is how I’m keeping my life all together. Our lives are full of stress and pain– we all cope differently. I hope you all have an amazing rest of your week and feel free to share with me any other stress relieving or organization methods that work in your life! 

Thanks for reading!
-Mel

P.S. Yes, that is my arm in my picture!

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