Health for days journal – Day 1 (planning)

Good morning dear friends,

It’s 07.55 a.m and I couldn’t sleep. That’s okay. I’m home, so I have plenty of time to take a nap later. I already had breakfast, made my list of to-dos for the day and now I’m about to write a very important post.

I told you I was going to leave work for a while and take care of myself, but I didn’t give you any details on what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks/months. Today I want to give you a general plan, so you know what I’m doing to improve my health and well-being.

Before anything else, I’m going to need to talk to my landlord and tell him that we are terminating my contract. I do not look forward to that conversation.

Then, I’m going to talk to my students and tell them I will no longer be able to teach them. I don’t look forward to that either. It kind of breaks my heart. But me first, right? Just for now.

Some of them have a few hours paid in advance so we need to decide what to do about that.

But this is today/over the next few days.

What’s going to happen in general?

Dietary changes:

  • I will do some research today and come up with a diet plan that is suited for people with depression, taking into account my weight issues and stomach problems. After that I will outline a meal plan/shopping list that meets my needs. My goal for this period is put as many nutrients into my body as possible, change my bad habits and lose excess weight.
  • The weight loss will certainly help my depression and anxiety in many ways, as I will feel and be healthier, more confident and will suffer less from stomach, back and knee issues.
  • I will also increase my water intake, which is so low this time of year.



  • I will try to do something every day, even if it’s just a short walk. I will certainly swim when I go to the city, do some YouTube videos (random, I think, but mainly yoga, Pilates and Zumba) and just try to keep moving, even if it’s just doing chores at home.



  • I will try to establish a good sleeping schedule, going to bed early and getting up early too. I will rest as much as possible, allowing myself a little more than eight hours a night and occasional naps. The goal is to be 100% rested and revitalized when I get back to work.

Happiness plan:

  • Rui and I established that I’m supposed to do as many of my favorite things during this period as possible, in order to switch my brain to happy and satisfied. That sad I will: Do crochet (I have a blanket I’m working on); read as many books as I can (I miss it so much); sing and listen to music; watch movies and series; get lost in some of those adult coloring books; meet my family and friends often; blog;
  • I will also try to get out in the sun a little every day because I’m usually inside all day and I need to catch some air and get my vitamin D levels up;


  • We are trying an approach where I will work ten hours a week, going to the students’ houses. It’s just two pairs of 10th grade siblings who need help with English and Portuguese. This was not a part of the initial plan, as I was supposed not to work at all, but I convinced Rui to let me work this ten hours. He’s not very happy about it, but I think, since he wanted me to focus only on myself and not about work, but the money is good and I’m more relaxed if I know I’m bringing in a part-time income, along with no longer having the office rent (which is quite expensive, almost as expensive as our house rent);


  • I only need to do three courses and then I finish my degree. I will, obviously not put this aside. I’m not sure I will be going to class, but I will be going in for tests, exams and presentations as well as do all of the assignments and readings;


  • I will happily take care of ALL housework during this period, as Mr. R is taking care of almost 100% of the expenses. I love cleaning and doing laundry and dishes and cooking, so I will be more than fine with this. I even consider chores a workout.

Doctor’s appointments:

  • I will have a psychiatrist’s appointment once a month and a weekly therapist’s appointment. We are also going to ask for some exams, which I think my doctor’s should have ordered a long time ago, but haven’t. Just to rule out other health problems and to make sure I’m getting the best care;
  • I will continue to take my medication every day, hoping it will be less and less with time. (I currently take 8 pills a day);


  • I’ll keep blogging every day as I usually do, so you guys can follow my journey and hopefully feel inspired to take care of yourselves as well.

General care:

  • I will try to be nicer to my body in general and take better car of my hair, skin and nails, that have been neglected for a long time! #moiturizerisyourfriend #whyamiusinghashtags?

I’m happy with where I’m at with my plans, and will do every possible thing in order to heal and get better. I will have the support of my loving, perfect husband (we are technically married anyway) and my dear friends and family. This should be fun!!

Today’s to-dos:

  1. Talk to my students: Ery, Raphael, Sofia, Milene, LaΓ­s, Catarina, Ana, Filipa, Gustavo, LuΓ­s, Welton, Carla, AntΓ³nio, Isabel;
  2. Research dietary changes;
  3. Cut hair; do a mask;
  4. Talk to x about guest post;
  5. Make waxing appointment for tomorrow (have gynecologist’s appointment on Wednesday and don’t want him having problems finding anything #queenofTMI);
  6. Update “getting my shit together list”
  7. Get to know 5 blogs and bloggers better. Dive into their blogs, read some articles, comment, like, support. I want my readers to know I’m their reader too.
  8. Fold and put away laundry;
  9. Change bed sheets;
  10. Wash blankets from sofa (dog hair for days, that should have been the name of this blog)
  11. Dust bedroom;
  12. Put away dishes;
  13. Do dishes;
  14. Do a few loads of laundry;
  15. Work out (try new?)
  16. Watch movie (Casablanca) while crocheting;
  17. Take it easy!!!


How are you taking care of yourself today? I would love if you would share in the comments!

Love. C.












27 thoughts on “Health for days journal – Day 1 (planning)

  1. That sounds like a great and organized plan ! Taking care of yourself will give you the energy to take care of the rest later 😊 I hope you have an awesome day ! πŸ’œ


  2. Your plan sounds great and I look forward to following your journey πŸ™‚

    I’ve had a really sleep deprived week. Last night was the first good sleep I’ve had in over a week so my anxiety levels are incredibly high at the moment and I’ve been incredibly emotional! Although I have a lecture this morning I’m going to take it easy and slowly the rest of today to make sure I’m in a good, relaxed state for getting another good sleep tonight and trying to catch up on the sleep I’ve missed!

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  3. Interesting read…..wishing you a really quick recovery Cheila…You have a good plan to work with already…and I tried yoga for the first time because of you πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
    Will you post the diet plan you come up with?
    Sending lots of hugssss

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  4. It’s good you realize what you need to do to get better, and you’ve made a plan to do it. It’s hard to put the brakes on things like work but you can’t be the best teacher you can be, if you are not feeling up to par. Sending you lots of positive energy and praying for you πŸ™‚ And now I’m going to do my pilates lol πŸ™‚


  5. Wow, you’ve put a lot of thought into this and it shows. Good for you! πŸ˜€
    How wonderful that you’ll be reading more again. Do you think you’ll share your adventures in reading on your blog? It’s always nice learning about new books out there that people enjoy. πŸ™‚
    Drinking more water is something I desperately need to work on too. It’s not even that I drink a bunch of pop or anything like that, I just usually don’t drink much of anything. A terrible habit, but I’ve made a little chart to remind myself. Me and my lists and charts. lol
    Best of luck to you with your goals and everything. It sounds like you have an excellent game plan for it, so you’re already off to a wonderful start. You got this! πŸ™‚


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