Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Getting My Spark Back

This semester has been draining. While I really love teaching, the whole process of student teaching and transitioning from college student to working full time while still having college projects to complete has been absolutely exhausting. I know we all have times like this in our lives when life is crazy, the days are long, and we don't know how to balance it all.

That is what my life has been like the past few months and it has taken it's toll. To reference one of my favorite films, I used to be much more...muchier. I've lost my muchness. Obviously, that's not what I want! I need to get my muchness, my spark back so I'm me again. Since this is something I think other people experience as well, I'm sharing what I've been doing to get that spark back!

Getting My Spark Back from Courtney's Little Things

Take Care of Myself

The first thing I started doing was to make it a point to take care of myself. I know this sounds like "well, duh!" but when you're really struggling, taking care of yourself isn't a priority. To make taking care of myself a priority I started putting on more makeup which may seem weird but it made me feel better, keeping a routine to wind down, and trying to prepare good meals for myself. These little things really make a difference.

Keeping My Space Clean

When the physical space around me is a mess I feel more stressed and on edge. Spending a day giving my space a good clean and maintaining that has made me feel so much better! Keeping my space clean makes me feel like I have it together and allows me to focus on what I am doing instead of the mess around me.

Watch Less, Do More

When you work all day, it's easy to come home and want to just tune out and watch TV. While it's totally okay to have a good Netflix binge from time to time, watching TV everyday really doesn't do anything for me - it doesn't fullfill me, it doesn't make me happy. So instead of turning the TV on when I get home, I've been doing something whether it's blogging, reading, or painting.

Get Back into Blogging

Blogging is my favorite hobby. I love writing these posts, taking photos, managing different social medias, and connecting with other bloggers. These past few months though I have let blogging slide a lot and haven't been posting as often as I'd like to or keeping up with my social medias. So I took a few weeks off of publishing new blog posts to put a new game plan together, create and schedule some new posts so I could get ahead, and started focusing more on managing my social medias. Now that I've put blogging back in my life I am so much happier!

Get Creative

I think of myself as a fairly creative person. I'm not going to have my work posted in an art gallery ever, but I like doing creative things whether it be decorating my bullet journal, writing or taking pictures for my blog, doodling, or making an art print to hang up. I enjoy being creative and it's a part of who I am, so I have made it more of a point to set aside time to be creative. This has definitely made a huge difference in my mood since I feel more fulfilled and happy now that I'm creating more again.

Be Honest

Another thing I've started doing is to be more honest about how I'm feeling and what I'm going through. I think there's a lot of pressure to be happy and to be able to manage adulthood after college. Part of this pressure is comparison, part of it is wanting to please my family and not wanting them to worry about me, but a lot of it is self-created pressure. I've started to be more honest with the people I  consider to be my support group - my family and best friend. Just being honest with them and telling them how I'm feeling gives me people who encourage me when I'm having a bad time and support me by letting me know that it's okay to struggle and we all struggle from time to time.

So to get my spark back after a rough time I made taking care of myself a priority, cleaned the space around me, started watching less and doing more, got back into my favorite hobby, spent more time being creative, and have been more honest about my struggles with the people who love and support me. If you're feeling exhausted and struggling, In the 2 weeks I have been doing all of these items I feel like I have gotten my spark back. I hope these things help you to get your spark back, too.

Have you ever felt like you lost your spark? What did you do to get it back?