claudia me

This might sound strange, but I love to work. I feel important and successful when I have responsibilities and a full To-Do list. I’ve even color coded every area of my life to make sure I stay on top of everything I have to do (DFSCC is hot pink, of course).

But sometimes it just feels like I need more than 24 hours to get everything done. And because of this, I’ve started to notice my planner is lacking a very important color (light blue aka my social life and more importantly, my ME time).

I tend to prioritize work over play, and although my motivation definitely pays off in the office, it can backfire when I overcommit myself. Not only does this hurt my relationships with my friends and family, but it hurts my relationship with myself too. So, after realizing that I need to get my head out of my planner, and understanding that I’m probably not the only one with this problem, I’ve thought of a few tips to share with you on how you can balance your work life with your social life.

Find a Hobby
Spend at least 30 minutes every night doing something that you love. Whether that’s reading a good book, watching an episode of your favorite TV show, or painting the beautiful flowers in your living room! I used to paint all the time, so the other day I bought a sketch pad and some watercolors and I’ve never felt more relaxed – and my apartment has never looked better!

Face Mask Wednesdays
Tackle hump day the right way! My roommate and I decided that when things get tough, the best thing we can do for ourselves is throw on a face mask and drink some tea (or wine). Make it guilt free by adding it to your weekly schedule so you still feel satisfied checking it off of your To Do list (plus, your pores will thank you)

Get Moving
Staying active is so important when you’re stressed out! Sitting at a desk all day can really affect your mind and body. Go on a walk or hit up the yoga studio after work with some friends to feel energized and stay social at the same time. (P.S. Soul Yoga Studio has $5 classes on Fridays)

Make Mindfulness a Priority
There have been so many studies showing how Mindfulness has huge benefits in every area of your life. Before bed, spend 10 minutes laying down with your eyes closed and the lights off. Trying not to think of anything was way harder than I thought it would be, so I tried listening to a guided meditation soundtrack and it really made a difference. Getting in the routine of relaxing my mind before bed has even helped me fall asleep quicker and have a deeper night’s sleep…zZzZ

Meal Prep
I know this might not sound like the most appealing option, but trust me! Finding fun and delicious recipes can be entertaining and relaxing, and it also frees up time later in the week. Eating well is so important to keep you at your best, both mentally and physically, but it can often be pushed to the backburner for the convenience of fast food on a tight schedule. You can even make it a party and form a Meal Prep Club – get your besties on board and make your meals together every Sunday so you can have a fun (but also productive) night!

I hope you find these suggestions fun and helpful! Don’t be scared of taking time for yourself, I know it seems like there isn’t always time but trust us, these few tips really help get me and the other DFS girls excited for our weeks!