When we were first all stuck in our homes, I was a little bit relieved. Not for all of the terrible aspects (and there were many) but because I was a tired, burnt toast version of myself. I made a goal to be holistically healthy (mentally, physically, and emotionally). I started a new morning routine, workflow, and loose exercise regime.
It’s just me and my tennis shoes, baby. Speaking of which….
- These Brooks Tennis Shoes are saving my high arches (That aren’t used to running. Ever.) Highly recommend for beginning runners whose arches are (painfully) high.
- Collagen really makes my hair thicker and shinier. I see such a difference when I use it, but most brands are so too expensive for my book-loving budget. Thanks to my sister, I get this amazing but cheaper collagen.
- This Target water bottle is only $5.99 and I love it. I have the tendency to lose my water bottles and this is a cute, stainless steel option that doesn’t break my bank.
These things have been helping me stay fit mentally:
- There are bullet-journaling notetakers and then there is me. I don’t even try to color in the lines. But Milanote is a mind-mapping/list-making app that is changing my goal tracking. They have pre-made formats where you can plan out novels, blog posts, etc.
- Caroline Leaf is one of my favorite writers on neuroscience and mental health. Her 21-day detox app is a huge tool for when I feel stuck. Of course, I would never use this app in place of a good counselor, which is a huge step in healing, but it is a really helpful tool.
Finally, my favorite topic. What have I been reading?
- The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen. Okay, maybe you’ve already read this. You’re ahead of me. This book is an eye-opening review of what it’s truly like to do ministry today. It rips perfection away to show you the truth: we are all finding our way to Jesus.
- The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer. This book has gotten a lot of press since it was released. John Mark Comer is one of my favorite Bible teachers, and this book is an absolute must-read that lives up to the reviews. Make it a priority read if you deal with burnout or life fatigue.
- This and That are the two fiction books I read before bed every night. Lighter reads for the romantic in us all (or maybe just for the hopeless romantic).
Happy healthy living!