Introducing the Me-Time Mixtape Newsletter
Question: Is your to-do list slowly killing you, and is your name nowhere to be found on it?
I know I'm being a bit dramatic, but sometimes that's how it feels. If you're like me, in between caregiving, parenting, handling work, and relationships, there's little time left over for YOU. I get it, and that's why I've created a new resource with my newsletter—one inspired by those music mixtapes from the 80s. Remember those?
I've redesigned my newsletter to make some time and space for our collective me-time. My new newsletter, the Me-Time Mixtape, is a companion to my podcast (Let the Verse Flow), offering 3 essential, hand-curated links to creative self-care tips, tools, and strategies you can use today.
Many of you have told me that you struggle to find (or add) me time into your busy schedules. I hope this newsletter will be a reminder to put yourself back on your to-do list! To make time for your interests, for rest, mindfulness, and moments of joy.
After years of working as a researcher, you could say I'm a bit of a detective, and I love finding new self-care resources and tools. So in addition to sharing new Let the Verse Flow podcast episodes (see below for my latest on keeping dreams alive), I'll curate 3 resources that I think are useful for helping you carve out me time. I call it the Me-Time Mixtape! It could be anything from a good essay or story to read, a resource for journaling, a mindfulness hack, or an audio affirmation. Three short resources that are designed to help make your me time a priority.
Let's dig in!
#1 Apple Jumps Into Journaling
iPhone users may have noticed a new app on their phone called Journal. Seems Apple thinks your journaling time is important too, and now offers a handy tool for those of you who prefer creating digital journal entries! As part of the iOS 17.2 update, the journal app helps you get into the habit of journaling. You can add photos, videos, and audio to your journal entries.
Here are some screenshots of a recent journal entry I wrote using the iPhone Journal app:
If you're interested in trying it out, check out this how-to article:
#2 Creative Flow Counts
What is creative flow and why is it so important? This article breaks it down. Key points: flow is intense concentration in an activity that feels good because the level of challenge is in line with your ability and skills. You lose track of time and become engrossed in something that satisfies you. My favorite flow activity: creating and editing my podcast; mixing stories, poetry and music is highly engaging to me. I could do it for hours without stopping (and I usually do)! Flow states are great for building our resilience. Read on for more:
#3 Survey: Creative Activities Boost Mental Health
Doing what you love can help you feel better; turns out that people who engage in creative activities report reaping mental health benefits such as stress reduction and anxiety management. Top creative activities: listening to music, solving puzzles, and creative writing all made the list.
Read on for the findings, and get going on that new creative hobby or project you've been thinking about. Start small and watch how it affects your emotional well-being.
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Affirmations & Action to Keep Your Dreams Alive
P.S.: Yay😊 – you read till the end. Do you like this new newsletter format & content? Hit reply and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
Journaling Resources (Try the 30-Day Journal Challenge)
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