We all know I’m the Queen of getting shit done.
You do know that, right?
If not, well then you haven’t been reading the blog long enough because there are days I impress even myself. If you stick around for a few weeks, you’ll see just how list ambitious I can be. Plus I’m humble…or not. The way I see it is confidence is a good thing and so is self acceptance. I just happen to have both in spades.
I’m a classic Type A personality, which means I’m a super-organizing, hyper-planning, OCD list-loving machine. I like getting things done….a lot. Crossing things off my many To Do lists makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Sure you could probably get the same tingly feeling from a hit of X, but then you might wake up hung over in a strangers bed, with a lollipop stuck to your forehead and your right arm coated in cherry flavored chapstick; not that I would know from actual experience. I’m guessing here. In any event, I think it’s safer and simpler to make a list and cross items off said list.
While there are some real positives to being a type A personality, there’s always a flip side to that coin. That’s the thing about coins. There’s always two sides to them. Fickle, fair-weather things.
Sure Type A’s can be super efficient, but they can also put an unreasonable amount of pressure on themselves: pressure to get things done, pressure to be liked, pressure to be perfect, pressure to keep up with the Jones’, pressure to bring your A game, pressure to please, pressure, pressure, pressure. I feel like we should break out the classic Queen here. Aw hell, it’s been awhile since I’ve played any music. Let’s just do it.
All of this pressure can be down right exhausting and often leads to self-created stress, and while the stress is very real, it’s also largely self-created based upon your own unrealistic expectations for yourself. I know because I do it all the time.
Here’s the thing though. If you push yourself too hard, you will break. It’s that simple. I broke once (alright maybe a couple of times, but who’s counting) and I got help (it’s possible the Hubby forced me) so I know the warning signs and how to prevent future breakage. I know how to shift my own expectations to make them reasonable, I’ve learned how to relax without guilt, and I’ve also embraced the good things about my type A personality. Knowledge really is power.
So this week instead of focusing on how super impressive I was, and believe you me, I was super impressive, I’m going to share the ways in which I relaxed in the past seven days.
- I meditated a handful of times, including one time at the office. I shut my door, positioned myself in a sun patch on my desk and did a five-minute mediation using my Mindful Meditation iPhone App. Of course, there’s an app for that.
- I made it a point to go to sleep earlier than usual. Plus, I slept in every single day of the long weekend, netting at least nine hours a night. I can’t even stress (in a good way) how much better you feel after a good night of z’s. The world is a far better place on sleep.
- I had a glass of wine one random week night while making myself some comfort food: Creamy Potato Soup with Chives, which became dinner two nights in a row. The soup; not the wine.
- I dug out an old gift card and went and got an hour long relaxation massage. My god, I wish I could do that one every week.
- I soaked in multiple bubble bathes. Aside from this picture, I didn’t play on my phone, read on my iPad or think about anything really. I just relaxed and became one with the bubbles. How very Zen of me.
- I took more time to read things…other than blogs. Forgive me. I needed to curl up with a good book and my most recent issue of Eating Well.
- I pampered myself with an at home spa treatment: face masks and a manicure.
- I had dance parties at 7:30 in the morning. When Billy Idol comes on, regardless of the time, you dance. He is the original duck face.
- I watched some movies, including Life of Pi and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I liked both of them, although the Hubby wasn’t a fan of Pi and I didn’t even subject him to the Marigold Hotel. There’s no way he would have made it through that one.
All in all, I had a great week. I accomplished a ton of unmentioned stuff, and more importantly, I made it point to relax and take care of myself. At the end of the day, that’s far more important than making sure all the yard work is done or having clean underwear….oh crap.
What did you do this past week to take care of yourself? Do you feel guilty for relaxing, and how do you overcome that guilt? Me, I just tell that voice to “Shut yer pie hole.”
Interested in participating in the Week In Review…good, you should be.
Here’s how it works:
- Your post should be about all the things you accomplished in the last seven days or so.
- Your post can be about food, social outings, workouts, home improvement projects, fun excursions, none of the above, or all of the above. The idea is to recognize all the things you accomplished in the past seven days. It’s an ode to yourself, a celebration of sorts, and a virtual pat on the back. Plus you get to write in list form, which rocks my socks. Although if you want to stick to prose go ahead; it’s your world.
- Add the Week in Review button to your post, link back to Clean Eats, Fast Feets and get your list on.
- Or you can be like me and make up own your rules. If you can justify it, I’ll accept it. How’s that for lenient?