Have you ever had a panic attack? If you have, you know how terrible it feels. If you haven’t, it’s basically the opposite of how I look in the photo above. I had one this weekend (long story), which is why I’m going to be taking the rest of this week off from posting here.
I had the idea on our road trip home from Boston yesterday. I said it out loud kind of half joking and Anel was like, “Why not?” For me, the idea of taking a break is usually more stress-inducing for me than just doing the work but this time it makes me feel super excited.
I’ve been making some major strides in my battle with anxiety, and things have been improving a lot with the help of therapy, but there was a day when I was in the midst of almost all of my triggers at the same time. I don’t see this as a set back. I see it as a lesson to watch what situations I put myself in, and to be more careful next time.
But this isn’t my first panic attack, and it probably won’t be my last. So why am I taking the time off now?
It’s nearly impossible to take a true vacation as a blogger because when we travel we get some of our best content, so I figured that a week where it’s in between seasons where I’m not traveling and won’t be doing anything all that exciting is the perfect time to catch my breath and take a break.
So what will I be doing all week?
Playing catch up: I’m majorly behind on things like my email inbox, paying some bills, making appointments (time for a teeth cleaning!) and tackling random things on my to do list.
Self care: I kind of hate this term because I think it’s overused but I also fully believe that in order to take care of other people well, you have to take care of yourself first. I’ve been overlooking that lately so I am going to make sure I actually take some time to get a pedicure or a 10 minute back massage… or both if I’m really feeling crazy.
Getting ahead: Later this week, I’ll be shooting a bunch of content for next week and will start writing posts so that I’m ahead of the game and won’t have to work over the weekend which is basically a vacation in my book. I have some ideas for posts that will take a little longer to write, so I’m excited to finally get to those.
Spring cleaning: I have a few projects like tackling the “Monica closet” in my office which is a hot mess. I just bought a little dresser to fit inside of it and am going to put up shelves because currently it’s terrifying and potentially dangerous to open haha.
I hope you have a great week and I’ll be back here next Monday! In the meantime, follow along on Instagram.
Photos by Julia Dags.