Mid-March Check In

I’ve decided that time goes faster when you’re writing about how fast it’s going. Because now, for the third month in a row, I am saying “holy crap the month is half over!”

Marchy Marchy – the month of rest. Time to check in on how well I’m doing with my goals of resting and mitigating stress…

1. Set a bedtime. My goal was 9:45pm on work nights, and midnight on weekends. I’ve been about 90% with that. I was actually trying to be sneaky with 9:45pm because I really want to be in bed by 10pm, so shooting for 9:45pm ensures that. If I get in bed by 10, then I’m happy. Weekdays have been pretty good, and I think that I’ve only missed it by a lot one day. Weekend bedtime was pretty good the first two weekends of the month. This past weekend I actually went to bed at 1am one night, but because I was with good friends having a good time, and I don’t feel bad about it in the least. Overall, having this mental boundary has been great for me. Before I would just loosey-goosey go to bed whenever I felt like it, usually too late. I’m much more cognizant of when I hit the hay now.

2. Establish a bedtime routine. Already wrote about this, but I have enjoyed incorporating some habits into my pre-bedtime routine. My favorite thing has been dedicating time to stretching, mobility, and isometrics. Without this, I just wouldn’t take time to help my body recover. I don’t do so well with the bedtime routine on the weekends when I’m going to bed later because I’m tired and just beeline for bed, but that’s ok. Also, ending my day in candlelight is so relaxing. It’s like easing slowly into darkness. (Cue the creepy emo music now.)

3. Power down at night time. The below image accurately describes my progress with this one.

Neon lights… appropriate.

I am just addicted to my damn iPhone! I have no problem not watching TV or being on the computer, since I don’t really do that at home anyway. It’s not that I even have people to text at night… I am just in the habit of looking at my phone. For. No. Reason!! Also, my gym posts the workout for the following day at around 9pm. I’m already signed up for the workout. I’m going to go no matter what. So why do I feel the need to check the workout? It’s not going to do me any good. D- so far on this one. Two weeks to get it together!

4. Take 10 minutes a day to breathe deeply. Ahhhhhhh. This one has been really good so far. I decided that my 10 minute drive to work is the perfect time to do some deep breathing. I’ve also decided that morning talk radio is total crap. It stresses me out. So I’ve stopped listening to it, and instead spend that time listening to some relaxing classical music (Pachelbel’s Canon in D and Clair de Lune are two of my favorites) and breathing in and out deeply and slowly. By the time I get to the office I feel totally calm and ready for the day. It’s been a busy and stressful month work-wise, but I genuinely think setting up my day this way has helped me manage my stress much better.

So that’s where I’m at. Exciting posts to come this week about a certain apparatus that has rocked my world for the past week…

(My standing desk, you sicko.)

feature photo credit: xaxor.com
I suck credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:I-Suck-Neon.jpg

8 thoughts on “Mid-March Check In

  1. I can SO relate to your iPhone avoidance struggles! I have tried so hard to cut the habit of checking my phone just before I put my head in the pillow.

    I was successful when I really tried but fell back into old phone-checking habits as soon as I stopped paying attention!

    I’ll be curious to read about any tips on how you do this!

  2. for your power down time, have you tried placing your phone do not disturb mode in your settings for a certain time? This will help you not worry about your phone after a certain time and if it’s an absolute emergency and people call you multiple times it will ring like normal!

    • AAhhhh that’s a great idea. Except for the fact that I am clinging to iOS 5.1.1 for dear life because I don’t want to give up Google Maps. (Yes I know there’s an app – I don’t want it, and I’m boycotting updating until Apple gets their map game together.) Soooooooo I don’t have DND :( I should probably just give up to fight!

  3. Setting the regular bed time has been soooo hard for me. Glad to see its working well for you.

    Have you noticed how much better you feel the following day?

    • Oooh classical guitar – I’ll have to check it out. Can’t say that I have much classical guitar on my playlist, but I’m down for branching out!

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