At-home workout: exercise like a figure skater

Well, this is something new.

Have you ever wished you could work out like a figure skater? OK, I admit it’s not the top thing that comes to mind, but then again, those sparkly outfits…

Competitive figure skater Sofie Barnova has a Youtube channel shares her workouts–a mixture of Pilates, core, and ballet–for free, as well as sharing tips for improving your figure skating. (I could use some tips for not falling down, but that’s another story.)

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I tried the Total Ballet Body Workout earlier this week and I’m still sore! The comments on the video indicate that I’m not the only one. Check that video out above, or visit the entire channel here.

 

My prayers have been answered: True Lemon in a shaker

61N6gyOOv3L._SY679_I posted back in the day about how much I love TrueLemon for my water. TrueLemon is, as far as I can tell, actual powdered lemon with maybe a little extra vitamin C in it. More importantly, I like the taste a lot better than Crystal Light or whatever those other things are. I use it in my water almost every day. If I buy a real lemon it invariably gets lost in the fridge and then turns into a scary dried-out alien looking thing.

My only complaint with TrueLemon was that it only came in individual packets, which is great for portioning but super wasteful. Now I finally found that it comes in a shaker! This is so great.

Seriously, this thing is a really easy way to convince yourself to drink more water. And it’s like $4 on Amazon. And, while I have this at home and use it during the day, there’s no reason why folks who go into an office couldn’t keep one in their desk drawer, so this is a product for not just freelancers but anyone who needs to drink more water.

I promise I haven’t been paid by True Lemon to endorse this. But if they wanted to send me a lemony care package I would definitely be OK with that.

What’s your best self-care ritual?

I’ve been reading that rituals are important for happiness and productivity. It doesn’t even matter what the rituals are as long as they’re yours…and in fact this post says that the #1 ritual you should do every day is have more rituals.

In other words,

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So you’re having a bad day. Maybe freelancing is really getting you down. You’re stuck in a rut, you’ve got a client that drives you crazy, you’re working 12 hour days, whatever it is. It’s important to take time to care for yourself.

Me, I like to work out. It doesn’t really matter what it is; I’m slowly getting back into running after a knee injury, but I also enjoy lifting weights and just dancing around the living room with some good music on. Exercise releases so many good hormones and has so many positive effects on your mood it’s basically a no brainer. I guess you could argue that the act of lacing up my shoes, putting on headphones and picking out the best music is kind of a ritual. I’m going to think of it that way next time and see if it makes me run faster or farther.

Other things that might be rituals:

-Having a nice snack. Eating an entire bag of crispy wonton strips isn’t a ritual (not that I’ve ever done this) but getting out a nice plate and napkin, pouring yourself a glass of (sparkling?) water, and having something healthy that will make you feel good about yourself for the rest of the day certainly can be.

-Leaving work behind at a certain hour and putting on your favorite music or TV show as a reward is totally a ritual. Just giving up and flopping on the couch with Netflix is likely to make you feel sluggish and worse about a bad day, but again, it’s all in how you frame it. If you think to yourself: I worked hard today and am rewarding myself with this episode of Gotham , you’re more likely to get positive benefits from the show.

How do you take care of yourself especially after a long day freelancing?

The book is ‘in production’

This is my least favorite part – I’ve written and started to edit the text, and at the same time I’m starting to format it for e-readers. This is time-consuming and fiddly and not the most fun part of writing a book. 🙂

It is coming along, though, albeit slowly – so “late 2015” is still a pretty reasonable launch date.

Stay tuned, basically!

Everything is Awful and I’m Not Okay: a self-care checklist

This image has been going viral lately and while it is not, not, NOT a cure-all, especially for serious depression, I think part of the reason it’s going viral is because sometimes we forget about the basics of self-care, and they can make a huge difference. As the original creator said, this stuff is “the low-hanging fruit that can clog our ability to cope with everything else, so that we can tackle the hard stuff.”

As freelancers, even if we’re not depressed depressed, keeping these self-care reminders around for days that you just can’t get anything done–or conversely, days that are so hectic that you never leave your desk–can do wonders for your mental state.