Green apple chicken salad recipe & self-care steps
Phew. It’s been a second.
I feel like every post I write, I start off with: life’s been a little crazy. But it has! Summertime is just busy. Good busy, but busy nonetheless.
I’ve really been enjoying this summer. Weekends with friends, festivals, being out in the sun and good coffee… all the good things.
This weekend I had the sweetest interaction. While I was out and about, I had three separate people approach me and comment on a recipe or the blog. It warmed my heart so much. It also gave me a hugely needed kick-in-the-pants. Sometimes when I lose motivation, I shrug my shoulders and put it on the back burner. So a big THANK YOU if that was you. You were my motivation to write this post!
I can assure you I haven’t completely fallen off the wagon. I’ve really been trying to devote time to more self-care practices – things that fill me up. One of those being time. Time away from work, or from constantly doing something. I used to think that was where I thrived – in a busy, full-schedule all the time. And there are definitely moments where I do. I can be my most productive when I have a lot of things going on. But time has told me (repeatedly) that I’ll eventually burn-out if I’m consistent in this overly-busy practice.
That’s where I enter self-care.
I’m excited to share with you some of my self-care practices! For those of you like me (those who can’t sit still for a second without thinking of the next thing to do, my perfectionists, my type-A people and those who “don’t have time for self-care.” This is for you.
|FIND| WHAT FILLS YOU UP
What brings you joy? Contentment? Happiness? It doesn’t have to be a lavender bubble bath or meditation. For me it’s good coffee, a self-help article, my daily devotion, a walk outside or quiet time alone.
Ideally it’s something that brings you comfort, something that grounds you.
Find out what that thing is. Write it down.
|SCHEDULE| AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOURSELF
If you’re anything like me, your schedule fills up fast. I’ll be the first one to squeeze everything into my calendar before I reserve an hour for myself.
Before I create my weekly schedule, I look over the week ahead and schedule time for myself. I recently moved my morning workout back 45 minutes to allow myself that time before work to relax and read. It’s made a huge difference.
Hold yourself accountable to the time you reserve for yourself. At the beginning of the week, look over your week and schedule time for yourself.
It’s hard to relax when you’re constantly being distracted. Be it your phone, social media or a friend or significant other.
Be mindful of what can distract you and either remove it or remove yourself.
If it’s another human being, kindly let them know what’s going on. If they care about you, they’ll understand that this time is important to you and your health.
|ADD| IN EXTRAS
You knew there had to be a part on candles, oils and tea if I was talking about self-care, right?
Interestingly enough, I find a lot of peace and comfort in candles. It’s just a little extra something that brings me a little extra added comfort.
As I mentioned above, I’m not one to meditate or use oils, but maybe those two things DO bring you resolve. If so, add them in to your life.
Recently I’ve noticed how much I love fresh flowers in my apartment. It’s a little something extra that brings me a smidge of happiness.
Add in those extra little things that bring you joy, happiness or peace. It can be as simple as flowers or music or as profound as a meditation practice or bible study.
Like anything that’s worthwhile in life, it does take work to develop accountability to your own needs. Just like what you eat or the workouts you do, this type of care is just as important. Commit to yourself and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel internally and externally.
Recipe time! I’ve been eating this for the last two weeks and it’s the perfect summertime lunch.
Green apple chicken salad
(paleo, gluten free, dairy free and grain free)
- 3 cooked chicken breasts
- ¼ cup paleo mayo
- 1 tbs Dijon mustard
- 1 green apple, diced
- ¼ cup diced green onions
- Cut cooked chicken into bite-sized cubes and place in large mixing bowl.
- Add mayo and mustard to chicken. Stir to combine.
- Toss in diced green apples and diced green onions. Stir to combine.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
- (I add a little cayenne pepper for a touch of heat)