Long time no talk.
Have y’all had a chance to try out the cruchless ab workout I posted last week? I’ve done it 4 times so far and my tummy muscles have been screaming at me. HA. So worth it though, am I right or WHAT?
Okay soooo I’m totally a scent freak. I love candles, essential oils, perfume, air freshener, EVERYTHING. Idk…it might be a problem.
And the other week I was decluttering my room & kinda redecorating half-assedly, and I took all of my candles and essential oils and arranged them in a semi good looking fashion on my night stand and BOOM. I created the best thing ever.
My serenity corner.
Weird name, I know, but that’s how I totally feel when I’m laying in bed with all my amazing smells coming from my nightstand: SERENE.
Candles are especially my favorite because the light from the flames gives off this romantic ambiance that I’m totally digging right before bed. I feel so calm reading a book in candle light, ya know?
I mean Seriously. Completely. Unplug. No phone, no email, no blogging, no Netflix or Hulu.
Just me and my thoughts and a good book or journal. It helps me unwind from the day and have a clear and open mind for the rest of the night. I’m not huge into the whole sit-on-a-yoga-mat-with-your-legs-crossed type meditation yet, so this is like my first step.
It’s become a little ritual of mine to hop in bed, write down all of my ‘To Do’s’ for the next day, light my candles/turn on my oil diffuser, and a read book or write out my thoughts for about 20 to 30 minutes.
I’m not kidding when I say it’s changed my life. I go about my day so much more at peace with myself and everything around me. I am irritated less, which is a big thing for me because let’s be real…people usually SUCK. I actually don’t mind doing chores or washing my hair or shaving my legs (tasks I usually just skip for like weeks at a time LOLOLOL) and I find myself being more grateful.
It was a weird concept for me to grasp that a seemingly minimal task could completely change my day. But it totally makes sense if you think about it. When we’re constantly focused on other people and things, we don’t make any time for our own thoughts and feelings.
Whether they are positive or negative, it doesn’t matter. They get pushed to the back of our minds and don’t get acknowledged. So when you put away all the distractions (aka social media, email, your favorite TV show, and your phone) those thoughts and feelings get dealt with.
When I turn off technology, there’s definitely a mix of emotions for me. I guess it just depends on my day. Sometimes I’ll have a really care free day where there was barely any traffic, my workload was light, and the guy at Chipotle gave me my burrito bowl for free. Other times it feels like the world is out to get me and everything has gone wrong. On those days, my ‘unplugged’ time might have a tear or two (or maybe I’m straight bawling my eyes out) which never feels good in the moment but at least I’m letting myself FEEL instead of stuffing it in.
And as a result, I go about my day with a lighter attitude and I’m overall so much happier because all that negative crap isn’t staking out in the back of my mind just waiting to explode.
All because I turned off the phone.
UNPLUG FOR YOU EMOTIONAL SANITY. That’s the moral of the story.
When we get so wrapped up in our heads, we miss out on what’s available to us right now in the moment. Stop and notice how you feel right now. Feel your breath moving in and out of your body. Feel the air on your skin. Feel your heart beating. Your eyes seeing. Your ears hearing. Notice the energy inside and outside of you buzzing…Right now, in this moment, you can find peace and joy in that which simply is. (You are a Badass, Jen Sincero)
Great reminder, no? Even though being in the moment 24/7 is something that I don’t even know if Buddhist monks can do, giving myself that 20 to 30 minutes every night definitely keeps me balanced and stable. Not to mention it keeps me from freaking out on every human being that pisses me off in a day, so that’s kind of a plus.
AND it gives me an excuse to light all my candles. HA.
I think everyone should have their own version of a serenity corner, like it should be a life requirement. Who agrees?
What items would be in your serenity corner? Anything I should add to mine? Give me ideas!!