A Simple Proactive Approach for Your Most Restful Weekend

A Simple Proactive Approach for Your Most Restful Weekend

I can hardly believe it’s already Wednesday and since I’m in a self-care state of mind, I’m sharing my top tips for creating restful weekends, which originally appeared on The Essential Life. I can’t count how many times I have woken up on a Saturday morning completely intent on relaxing and truly taking the day off only to find myself a couple of hours later looking back and realizing I spent most of the day doing mundane chores or listlessly…

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It’s Not a Vacation When You’re Sick

It’s Not a Vacation When You’re Sick

And the fun continues. Yesterday I spent a good portion of the day first at the health center of my university where I was having some chest pressure and difficulty taking in deep breaths. I cancelled all my experiments that were planned for the afternoon and after being prescribed an acid-reflux drug, I still wasn’t feeling my best but walked back to my lab and sat back at my desk trying to employ some deep breathing/meditation techniques to avoid a…

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New Week, Fresh Start, Extra Coffee

New Week, Fresh Start, Extra Coffee

It’s the start of a new week and I am feeling a bit better after a very odd weekend of sorts. On Sunday I ended up in the emergency room after having what in all likelihood was some sort of an anxiety attack smack dab in the middle of watching the new Spiderman movie at the theater with my husband. I was completely relaxed and enjoying myself and at one point 40-45 minutes into the movie, just felt my chest…

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Being in the Emotional Space You Need Instead of the One You Want

Being in the Emotional Space You Need Instead of the One You Want

This has been a low key Saturday so far, which was exactly what I needed after the emotional roller coaster that has been this week. My normal routine has gone out the window. I realized today when checking into the coach.me app where I have different goals for the week (eating at home is one of them) that I hadn’t made a home-cooked meal since last Friday or Saturday. Even coffee in the mornings has been a strictly Dunkin Donuts…

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From a Runners High to A Very Low Low

From a Runners High to A Very Low Low

I almost didn’t write this post because I have been really quite depressed for the last two days. On Tuesday after my 5K, my mom called to inform me that my grandmother had been rushed by ambulance to the hospital with nausea and vomiting. A few hours later she called again to say she it appeared that she had pancreatitis and was being admitted for three days since she was in a lot of pain. Fast forward to today and…

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The Unbelievable Joy of Crossing an Item off Your Bucket List

The Unbelievable Joy of Crossing an Item off Your Bucket List

Oh my. I did it. I actually finished my first 5K today. I feel such a sense of accomplishment in doing something that I never thought in a million years I would ever do. It almost doesn’t seem like it was me that did it, although I have the sunburn to prove it. It is just the antithesis of the narrative I had created for my life many years ago. I actually found myself welling up with tears when everyone…

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Independence Day Weekend – I think I’m ready for you

Independence Day Weekend – I think I’m ready for you

Happy July!! I can’t believe the weekend is almost halfway over. It’s really flown by. I’m getting things ready for my annual 4th of July BBQ tomorrow, celebrating a bit early since the holiday is on Tuesday. I went to three grocery stores today, three! I can barely stand to go to one most weeks so this has been quite the adventure. I didn’t really mean to leave everything to the last minute but haven’t had a whole lot of…

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How I Rediscovered The Secret Joy of Mindlessness

How I Rediscovered The Secret Joy of Mindlessness

Yes, you read that right. Mindlessness, not to be confused with mindfulness, although I do think that the two are related. I actually didn’t realize how badly I needed some mindlessness in my life until last Saturday night when I rediscovered a casino game that came preloaded on my computer. For perspective, prior to this past weekend, I had a total of 21 sessions playing this game in the span of 365 days according to my user log. Well in…

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Why Summer is the Perfect Time for 3-Day Weekends

Why Summer is the Perfect Time for 3-Day Weekends

My three-day weekend is coming to a close and it has been quite the whirlwind of activity with a surprisingly large amount of R&R. On Saturday my husband and I went to a water park. It was a perfect, high 70’s and not humid at all which has been the case a lot lately. We were definitely in a very relaxed state of mind. First thing we did was go to the concession stand and have a pretzel. We took…

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The Lost Week

The Lost Week

I’m so happy! It’s finally Friday and my three day weekend is here. I will be doing a belated birthday celebration at the aquatic center tomorrow followed by dinner with my husband. Sunday I’m off to my husband’s family reunion for some good ol’ catching up with a potluck picnic (I love tasting everyone’s dishes). I’ll get back in the late afternoon and will play my first softball game in over a month. We have had several bye weeks and…

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