My 3 ways to de-stress

My family ordered Chinese food the other night and they suggested that I open a fortune cookie - even though I couldn't eat it. For the past few weeks I've been really determined to finally get my health straightened out and that includes weight loss. I heard over and over that keto is really good for people with PCOS. After getting my fill of NY pizza, bagels, pasta and all the carbs I could find when we first moved here I figured I'd try it out. I'm about 20 days in and 7 pounds lighter!

Anyway - back to that fortune cookie...I opened the package and laughed a bit. "A day worth of worry is more exhausting than a week of work." 

bedsidesign - workspace

This summer turned out to be really busy. I'm gearing up for my calligraphy workshop tour (there's still some spots left - registration ends on Wednesday!) and will be visiting Philadelphia, Syracuse, Boston & Hartford. I'm still getting settled into living back on Long Island. 

As a small business owner stress loves to creep up (or hit you full force). There are days where I give in to the stress and feel like I'm gonna lose it. There are other days when I am calm, cool and collected. I'm naturally a pretty laid back person but when it comes down to it I'm super hard on myself - hello perfectionist.

Over the past few weeks I started implementing some ways to de-stress. I know I can't be alone in this, so here's my 3 ways to de-stress: 

1. UNPLUG: Get off the computer, put your phone in your pocket, and turn the TV off. Go outside. If you have time get out of the house. Take a drive. Go to a park, beach, store. Give your eyes and brain time to relax.

2. STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE: I'll be honest - I really struggle with this. With Ian working his late shift (2:30-11:30pm blahhh) I try to work when he's working. I'm tempted to respond to emails, design a logo, and check things off my to-do list. The truth is I still work - I just work during the time that I'm the most productive...late nights. Stick to your schedule. 

3. TALK IT OUT: I talk to myself sometimes...should I be admitting this? When I work sometimes I talk things out but that's not what this one is about. Talk to your spouse, significant other, best friend, parent(s), siblings. I can't even begin to explain how talking things out has helped me with my business. Not only do I get a different perspective but I get a "non-industry" perspective...sometimes that can bring a ton of clarity. It also helps you bond with the person you are sharing with.

There you have it - 3 things that I've been trying out to de-stress.