Tonight I’m bringing you some wisdom from the eve of my third business trip in as many weeks: I cannot do All The Things.
I am busy and stressed out to the point where I sometimes google “deep breathing GIFs” and then breathe along with a pretty GIF for five minutes until I’m no longer on the verge of having a panic attack at my desk. When is the last time I wrote an email that didn’t begin with an apology for the delay? I don’t know. Months ago, maybe.
I’ve never really given a lot of thought to self-care outside of making fun of it as an Instagram fad and maybe doing a face mask every once in a while, but being in a near constant state of heightened anxiety has forced me to take a hard look at the toll that stress is taking on my body. Stress was causing me real, physical bodily harm. I won’t go into the personal details, but the main takeaway is this: self-care is no longer optional.
I used to think that self-care was this very woo woo unattainable thing. Now, I know it boils down to this: drink water, eat vegetables, sleep. I might not have time to read or take a bubble bath or go to the gym or meditate, but if I can manage just those three basic things, I at least won’t break my body. I also really do recommend breathing along with a GIF if you find yourself in a moment of uncontrollable overwhelm. I was surprised by how much it helped me to calm down and focus when I was really freaking out.
Getting dressed, at least, is not a stressor. In times like this, I tend to revert back to my personal uniform of black bottoms and a white top. Maybe it’s boring and not an interesting choice for a fashion blogger, but I always feel at home in that combination. Comfortable, confident, and appropriate for whatever I’m doing. I managed to grab a few photos over the last week or so, and I wanted to share them with you because I’m basically wearing the exact same outfit in all of them, and I thought that was sort of funny.
I picked up the white Keds and the light spring jacket shortly before my recent trip to Arizona because I didn’t have a pair of shoes that was casual and knock-around enough to set up a trade show booth in, and I didn’t have a spring coat that was office appropriate (I don’t love showing up to meetings in my L.L. Bean barn coat…). Neither of these purchases were from ethical brands, but I don’t regret buying them.
I’m wearing a lot of my favorite clothes in these photos, but I’m just too tired to link them tonight. If you have questions about a specific item, let me know in the comments below and I’ll direct you!
Take a deep breath, friends, and take care of yourselves. You do not have to do All The Things.