I saw a brilliant quote on Instagram the other day “Happiness in an inside job”. It’s so true. Happiness doesn’t come from material objects or copious cups of tea, although the chats with the tea do help. You can have it all and still not feel happy. Happiness will be different things to different people. But at the end of the day, it’s about making smart choices.
So I’ve made a commitment to myself to keep myself healthy and happy. The hope is that this will keep me calmer to deal with tantrum throwing, vomiting, spewing, ankles biters, aka. Missy & Junior.
I was so proud of myself during maternity leave, I managed to shift 11kg and get my head into a nice happy place. So, heading back to work really threw a spanner in the works ‘to ensure the balance was kept’. I wanted to make small changes, one at a time, maybe one a month, to make sure they were sustainable.
Jump head first into January
Following on from advice from Bella Kate Wellness I started meditating using the HeadSpace app. I tried some other free alternatives, but found their voices or background music very annoying. Granted this app is a monthly subscription, but sure don’t we all pay for our physical exercise classes so why not for exercises for our heads.
This is a fantastic addition to my daily routine. I have found turning off the daily reminders meant I went a week without meditating and I just didn’t feel the same. The 10 mins a day helps to put everything into perspective and make reasonable decisions, hence the following changes in February.
Fuss free February
In February it was embracing the “lived in” look our house permanently has. Lookit, I just can’t keep both the floor and the breakfast counter clear. I try, every evening, but until those bookshelves get secured to the wall the damm tool boxes wont move themselves. Hint, hint Granddad on your next visit 😉
So the new minimum is that the table has to be cleared before we leave the house, no crumbs on the table, counter or floor and that the floor is swept every night. We have managed to find someone to come and help with the house, fingers crossed it all works out.
I’ll admit I’m struggling keeping the calm when I see the mess I’ve created myself upstairs. But maybe upstairs will be tackled another month, along with the front of the house, the back garden………oh lord better stop making the list before I need an emergency meditation session.
Marching through March
For March, I’ve accepted I can’t maintain the same level of exercise as I did while on leave. But this can’t be an excuse to not move more during the day and at a minimum I have one exercise class and one run a week. Thanks to my sister for dragging us out running at the weekend, I’ve realised that I can actually run 5km. It may not have been fast, it may not have been pretty, but I did it.
So as I’m a gadget geek I’ve invested in a Garmin Vivosmart HR +, a fitness watch. So far I’ve climbed more stairs in 2 days than all of last month. I feel lighter and fitter by just wearing it!
It’s also giving everyone at work a great laugh. In order for the watch to stop telling me to move, I’ve to do 2 flights of stairs every hour as we don’t have enough floor space to walk 100 steps.
All of this in the hope that I can pick a 10km and actually do it, again motivation from my sister is that she’ll run with me or mind Missy and Junior while I run.
So what small changes will April, May and June bring……I should really plan. Any suggestions? Just don’t tell me to give up gluten or dairy coz it just is never going to happen 🙂