Self Care Challenge, Starting Now

Well, I’m back in the Intensive Care Unit! It’s been quite a while (1.5 years!). The ICU can be an interesting and rewarding place to work, but its guaranteed to be intense and time consuming. It quickly gets exhausting (I’m already exhausted after only a week!). When I’m on consuming rotations like this I really try to focus on self care – eating well, exercising, and sleeping as much as possible. Following through on self care takes planning, especially during busy times. I’m the type of person that performs better if I have a plan, so I decided to create a few simple daily goals for trying to stay healthier (and fit for my upcoming vacation). So, until the end of May (vacation time), I’m attempting the following goals:

burberry brit trench coat
Burberry Brit Trench, Mother Jeans (similar with a bit more distressing), Manolo Blahnik Pumps, Fendi Bag
Healthy eating is obviously important, but we all struggle with it at times. Sweets are my vice. Its so difficult to avoid the free breakfast muffins, plentiful lunch cookies or delicious looking desserts in the cafe. And during a crazy work day I have even less self control than normal and often give in to that extra sweet snack (it was a daily occurrence for a few weeks there). I know avoiding sweets altogether isn’t going to work for me. Instead, I’m going to bring a healthier version of a sweet snack to work (like these coconut flour muffins or this skinny banana muffins, both delicious!), and avoid giving in to any additional sweets while at work. This will be difficult for me, but I think its achievable. I feel so proud of myself when I eat well, hopefully that will keep me going.

Next up, exercise. I really love exercising. But after doing the same workouts for over a year, my body is craving something different. I’ll continue to work out at my same yoga studio most days due to convenience (its 1 block away). But once a week I’ll try to do a different type of workout. Whether that be running, weights, outside sports or an indoor class at a new studio (cycling, HIIT, crossfit, etc). I think I’ll need to expand my workout gear!

It seems silly to mention sleeping more as a goal, but I’m doing it! I try to get a least 8 hours of sleep per night. It usually doesn’t happen. But I feel significantly better after allowing myself to get that extra rest. Many residents don’t do this, but my goal is to allow myself to sleep as much as my body needs on my day off, and not feel guilty for putting off other tasks. That dry cleaning or car wash can wait.

Manolo Pumps
You know what has been going quite well, though? Saving money. Being this busy is really putting a break on that spending! My spring style is going to be pretty basic this year with a strong emphasis on comfort. I loved my go-to spring/summer shoe last year (so so comfy!), but I think I’ll switch it up this year to an espadrille, something with a touch of uniqueness like this toucan embroidered pair or these bohemian ones. I’ll pair them with an ankle pant (a distressed version like the ones in these pics for casual wear, or just some basic black ones for work) and a comfy tee. I’m really trying to add to my t-shirt collection and would love any recommendations! I really like the look of basic muscle tees (perhaps I subconsciously want to show off my huge triceps?… no, I don’t think that’s it) and plain long sleeve tees (wear anywhere, anytime). But I’m open to anything!

burberry brit trench coat in beige

Nothing else too interesting to share, at least that I can think of (my brain is slow today without coffee). Back to work tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, especially if you’re getting awesome weather like we finally are over here!