I’ve been contemplating writing this post for a few weeks now, but every time I sat down in front of my computer I struggled to find any words. Lately, my life has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Aside from the string of unfortunate events that have happened to my family, I’ve been completely consumed by stress, anger, disappointment and unhappiness. Quite frankly I’m exhausted.
Various incidents have happened to my family and I, and it’s made me realise that I’ve had my priorities all wrong. Wasting my time on people who don’t reciprocate the same gestures, spending energy on trivial tasks and giving myself anxiety over insignificant things. It’s definitely time for change.
I’m not a selfish person, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to focus on myself, concentrating on my health, happiness and general self care. Life can be so hectic at times that we can get too caught up and forget about what’s important – our well being.
So, here’s the changes I’m making to my lifestyle that will hopefully improve my happiness as well as my mental and physical well being.
Switching Off & Setting Goals
Taking more time for me means shutting down the laptop early, leaving my phone upstairs and coming away from social media. Now I love social media, especially Instagram, but I’m trying to silence technology on an evening so I can indulge in other activities. Activities like going to the gym. I find the gym such an important factor when it comes to my well being. Not only does it help me physically, but more importantly mentally. There’s no better feeling than running on a treadmill when I’m stressed or feeling anxious, or pumping weights when I’m angry. I feel like it’s good for my soul. Lately I’ve struggled to get there, but I’ve started booking myself into classes that I’ve never tried and shaking up my gym routine and so far I’m smashing my goals. May it continue.
Another love of mine is reading, and I’m talking about proper glossy magazines and paper books. Again, I’ve never had anytime because I find myself constantly scrolling through feeds instead. I’ve just finished putting up my bookcase at home and I love the look of it! A friend showed me a lovely antique bookcase she wanted me to get from antiquesworld.co.uk, but I went for this one because it was just down the road and easy for me to collect. Still, I absolutely adore it and now I have no excuse to not get reading. Spending a small amount of time each and every day I’m slowly working through my mountain of books that I’ve bought over the years and have picked up and magazines I’m subscribed to that have been building up.
The Little Things Are Important
I can’t even tell you the last time I painted my nails. Life has gotten so hectic that I haven’t been able to take one hour every two weeks to make them all pretty again. Well no more. I find happiness in the littlest of things – you can ask anyone, I get excited over a cuppa and a Terry’s Chocolate Orange – and it’s these small things that can make a big impact. I can’t even tell you the last time I went clothes shopping on a Saturday just because I had money to spend, or wanted to see what was new in the stores. From now on I’m making time for the little things – painting my nails, shopping, meeting up with friends, going to the cinema and more importantly, snuggling up with the other half on the sofa and binging on Netflix.
Do you feel like you need to shake up your lifestyle routine? Are you consumed with work or the business of life, that you’re affecting your well being? Let me know what makes you happy, or what you do for ‘me time.’
Sarah Jayne x
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