Remember to take a step back to breathe.

I woke up this morning feeling both mentally and physically terrible. My stomach has been acting up and bloating like crazy, and it's been making me just curl up in my chair every time I start working from home. I recently found out that I could possibly have an allium intolerance, meaning that my stomach isn't able to handle foods from the onion family (onions, shallots, leeks, asparagus, garlics, and chives). I need to get it checked, but I know for sure that my stomach is sensitive to those foods.

When my alarm woke me up this morning, I laid in bed and I just couldn't get myself out to start the day. Being in quarantine and having this 9-5 Monday-Friday routine was draining me, and I needed a small shake up to just slightly change up my day to day. I'm very fortunate to be able to work during these times, but with the pandemic and work emergencies I felt my anxiety creeping up again. So I called off for the day and let myself clear my head and keep away from the computer. 

I went downstairs and made myself a latte with almond milk, and I sat in my chair and got to enjoy it instead of chugging it before logging in for the day. Afterwards, I went back up to my room and completely redid it. I moved everything off of the tables and dressers, switched the positions of everything, and threw a bunch of things out. Cleaning is honestly the most stress relieving thing to do for me; I feel like it's almost a symbolic action for cleaning and organizing my thoughts and feelings.

Especially with May being Mental Health Awareness Month, it's super important to take care of our mental health during this time. If you're able to, take a day to yourself to do something different or something that's always comforting to you. Change up the scenery in your most commonly visited rooms in your house. Clean up the random shit in your room that you've always wanted to toss but were too lazy to do so. Write. Read a book. Do something good for yourself. Always feel free to message me if you're stumped as to what to do to help yourself.

Much love,


© That's Diane