Stu and I just moved into our FIRST. NEW. HOME. this past weekend and we couldn’t be happier! Or stressed 😉
Only our close friends know the whole story about WHY we moved in the first place, but I want to share it with you guys because this is just how life works sometimes…
Mid-June, Stu and I started talking about what our plans were with our current home- the Loft we were living in and renting in RiNo (super hip, cute neighborhood in the chaos of downtown Denver). We anticipated living in the loft for at least another year or two, and figured if we were going to do that we might as well see if our landlord was open to selling it to us. After a few conversations, he mentioned he hadn’t really planned on selling but was open to negotiations.
While in the middle of negotiations on the Loft, Stu and I decided to hypothetically look at the housing market within our price point and see what we could get *if* we were to buy a home instead of the loft. We looked at 5-8 different homes, all of them WAY overpriced and outdated (whaddup Denver housing market) and decided we weren’t ready to move out of the city and into a new neighborhood just yet. So much had happened over the last year that we wanted some stability and didn’t want to uproot our lives and move again for the 5th time in the last 5 years. I also had a hard time thinking of leaving our hip, walkable lifestyle in RiNo.
Long story short, we decided not to move and that we would probably just buy the Loft because negotiations were looking great.
That’s when our landlord decided not only was he NOT going to sell to us, but he was going to move back into the loft and we had just under two months to figure out what we were going to do. Stu, being in real estate, wasn’t surprised at the sudden change, but I felt like the rug got ripped out from underneath my proverbial feet that my life was standing on.
We went back to the drawing board, looked at another 5-8 houses with a LOT of intention, got into a few arguments, and ended up putting an offer on a home we saw the first time we looked at houses. The first and even second time we looked at the house we now live in, I didn’t get that OMG THIS IS IT feeling when I walked in, and I don’t think Stu did either. It was more of a, “I think I can really see us being here and making this our own”. From the time we put in our offer until we closed on the house and moved, everything fell into place perfectly and swiftly.
Most of the time when God/The Universe shows up in my life, it looks a lot like it did with this move. Things end up changing faster than I can keep up with, but it works out perfectly and always with my best interest in mind even if I don’t see that when it’s in the moment.
With all of the mental/emotional stress of accepting the good that is this new home and this new chapter of life also comes some physical stress. To support my body during this time as I sit back and watch my anxiety escalate, there’s a handful of things I’ve been doing to keep myself in check.
How I manage stress, sleep, and recovery:
- Journaling in the morning and evening, writing out all of the things that I have on my mind. When we write things down, something amazing happens. We’re actually taking our anxious thoughts from the primal part of the brain that fills us with worry and “survival” thoughts and bringing them to the prefrontal cortex- the part of our brain that can view things more clearly and rationally.
- Making a to-do list for the day and sticking to it. The more I can get done that needs to get done and is within my power to change creates less stress and less chaos in my mind throughout the day.
- For muscle soreness that is inevitable when dealing with any type of stress (the body holds onto things physically, not just mentally + emotionally), using Beam “The Fixer” has been a life saver for me. This CBD balm provides relief within minutes (in my experience) and has been a game changer for stressful days, moving pains, and so much more.
- Hot, lavender essential oil + epsom salt baths before bed every night. This helps relax the nervous system and get’s you ready for a great night’s sleep.
- Taking a dropper full of Beam’s “The One” under my tongue right before bed to help with my chatty brain while trying to fall asleep and to help with trouble sleeping through the night.
These top 5 things are my personal go-to’s when I’m feeling stressed out and have been a staple during this move. Of course there are other things I’m mindful of like eating nutrient dense, whole foods with plenty of protein and fat to balance blood sugar levels and keep my body fueled well- but these are the extra-credit actions that make a HUGE difference for me.
Beam products are something new I’ve been adding in the last 3 months or so and I have really noticed quite a difference in my sleep and physical recovery, especially with the stress of the move. My scoliosis and neck pain have been minimal and my sleep quality has been way better than I originally planned for.
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