I LOVE summer. I never want it to end. My desperation to hang on leads me to feeling woeful in August and eventually downright depressed by September. This year I chose to spend August dodging waves of sadness by thoughtfully spending my time, making the most of these last days of summer.
How I’m continuing this into fall:
- Tidying up my digital space. I've implemented email rules and scrolling guidelines. I'm also leveraging tools like the Saved option on Instagram to bookmark posts for reading or reposting later.
- Refining my time in bed. The details make all the difference:
Finding a soothing sound that doesn’t jolt me into waking (I recommend testing over a weekend to learn if the new tones work for you)
Meditating every morning (it’s possible AND I can still be in my PJs)
Committing to sleep. Most smart phones now have bedtime mode features that dim the screen and track your sleep.
Last but not least, I'm becoming a slow reader. Local and national news can keep me up, stir up my emotions, and leave me feeling exhausted. How I safeguard my daily news intake:
Consider the time. Know when to read so you have the bandwidth to think and feel. Right before bed may not be that moment.
Jotting down my gut feelings and thoughts as they whirl about
Not trying to get through an article in one sitting. Bookmark to read and digest news gradually.