November Mood Board | Prioritizing Sleep and the Inner Self

I am so in denial that it’s November. November is one of my least favorite months of the year. I don’t like Thanksgiving, I think a holiday centered around food is unhealthy mentally and am a vegetarian, and October is spooky season. And spooky season is my season. As you would know if you follow along with the books I read, podcasts I listen to, and what I was for Halloween. This girl is spooky at heart.

So to keep that up, I decided to let that show in my November mood board by keeping it dark and mystical. I’ve always been enthralled by the mystical. The idea of witches, tarot cards, zodiacs, how the stars align, inner selves, meditation, chakras, crystals, moon phases, etc etc. So, this month we’re diving all in.

November Mood Board

My intentions for November are to prioritize sleep, see more sunrises and sunsets, journal once a week, and work on my yoga practice.

All of my intentions are drawn from what I need in my life right now, and my leaning toward the mystical side of life. I chose black as the overall color scheme because it’s very often associated with the unexplained and also because sleep was the main thing and pitch black means sleep time.

Prioritize sleep

In October, I was so bad as actually sleeping. I would stay up late doing homework or hanging out with people and then wake up early the next day for class or work. It was awful and not healthy. So, I’ve already started to try and get my life together. Two or three days a week I get up at 6 am to go workout before class. Not only does this make me more energized throughout the day, but it makes me go to bed early because I am so motivated to workout. If I have plans with the gym, there’s very little chance you’re going to get me to break them.

Related: How to Get Motivated to Hit the Gym

That doesn’t mean I’ve perfected this yet. For example. it’s currently 1:07 am while I’m writing this. But I’m excusing it because it’s about to be Daylight Savings and I’m going to gain an hour. See? My logic is awful and I should just sleep. But yet, here we are.

I’ve also decided to start taking mini power naps while doing homework. Which seems super counterproductive, but I’m the kind of person who can’t focus on things for long periods of time, so I do some work, close my eyes for a couple minutes, and then go back at it. I highly recommend it if you struggle with remaining focused on one thing for long periods of time. Do not recommend it if you fall asleep easily while doing readings for your Italian Renaissance class. Oops.

Journaling and Yoga

Ever since coming back from Europe, I’ve been highkey slacking at journaling. I journaled just about every day while abroad, and here I do it about twice a month. That’s so awful!! The darker months have always lead me to be more introspective so I think this is the perfect time to get back into the habit of writing early morning or before bed.

Related: Why Everyone Should Journal and How to Start One

The other thing I’ve been really into again is yoga. I mentioned back in September that I wanted to start goin to yoga classes again and I did! Once or twice a week for five weeks. Then October, the month from hell, came and I was always busy Tuesday and Wednesday nights. But now I have two yoga mats and items to use for blocks and bands so there’s no excuse to not practice on my own. I actually did an amazing yoga session three nights ago.

The yoga poses I want to work on this month are king pigeon pose and my inverted poses. I used to be able to do headstands, so I really want to be able to do them again!

Photo Credits:

Bottom Right: @noor_unnahar

Middle: @lo.reads

Middle Right: Middle Trading Co

What are your monthly goals and intentions?

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