A post to share how I have been during the month of January. I journal every single day. These are just some of the highlights.
5.1.16: After much research I went to John Lewis today and picked up the Lumie Bodyclock Go 75. I’m so excited to introduce this into my morning routine. I really believe that how you wake up sets you up for the rest of the day and I want to wake up in the most peaceful, natural way that I can. This also means that I do not have to rely on my iPhone as an alarm clock and I can finally create that technology free bedroom that I am craving. I am genuinely so excited about this purchase. At £75 it isn’t the cheapest but I am willing to invest that money for happier mornings. Can money buy your happiness…well I guess we will find out!
8.1.16: Today is a great day. I got plants! I have wanted to bring some nature into my home for such a long time! I actually feel a little giddy with happiness. I will do everything in my power to not kill these…like I did my succulents!
9.1.16: First proper day of healthier living and I FEEL GREAT. *read in a Tony the Tiger voice please* I started my day with a delicious bowl of creamy almond porridge with banana, raspberries, sunflower seeds, bee pollen and coconut oil. So good, filling and quick to make! I then headed to the gym in my new gym kit and managed to run for 10 minutes without stopping…I seriously don’t think that I have done that since 2007. Who would ever have thought that I was once in the Cross Country squad!
12.1.16: I am noticing a big change in my energy levels. I think it could be down to keeping technology out of my bedroom at all times. Instead I have been reading for half an hour to an hour every night before I fall asleep and then for half an hour when I wake up. I think that this is allowing my mind to detach from the stress that I carry around with me during the day. I am falling to sleep far quicker and having better quality sleep. I also feel far less attached to my phone. BONUS!
15.1.16: Today feels as if I have gone back to square one all over again. I was making so many positive changes and yet I sit here feeling miserable. I have found it hard to stick to the routines that I am trying to set for myself and I am scared that I am only able to feel ‘normal’ when following the same routine day in, day out.
16.1.16: I woke with the same funky attitude. I forced myself out of bed and opened the curtains to a beautifully sunny but freezing day. It truly is the most beautiful day we have had in a long time. I knew I had to make the most of it and I knew that I had to do something about how negative I was feeling. So I headed out to the countryside and have spent the most wonderful day with myself. It has been just what I needed. I disconnected and breathed in the fresh air at the top of the hill looking out onto beautiful England. I must remember to do this more. I wonder if it will help others? Maybe I can make it into a blog series…the happiness toolkit?
I did make it into a blog series and you can read the first one here: The Happiness Toolbox: Get Outside!
18.1.15: Have just woken up with the determination to go to the gym this afternoon after work. Packed my gym bag and thrown it into my car. We will see if that determination is still there after a day of teaching. I really hope so. It is the one goal that has been hard to stick to.
18.1.15: Didn’t make it to the gym. Did make it to the oven to heat up a pizza. O god!
22.1.16: If there is one goal that I have paid significantly less attention to this month it has to be exercise and diet! I headed back to the gym today and pushed myself really hard and it felt amazing. I ran for 1km again and I have quickly realised that I need to set myself more distance targets rather than focusing on the time that I am running for. I can go a lot further that way!
23.1.16: Back to the gym today and I ran for 1.5km. Felt great and it was lovely to be proud of myself. I also reminded myself that I feel much happier when working out regularly hopefully it sticks! I came back and took the time to make some lunch that would nourish my body. I purchased some eggs from a local farm- the only eggs that I will eat! It was filling, full of flavours and reminded me that I must eat like this much more often!
24.1.15: No gym and I am missing it! Went to Windsor and saw my parents. God I have the best family in the world!
25.1.15: How has it been a whole month since we celebrated Christmas. Where has that time gone! Hopefully I will make it back to the gym tonight as I notice so many positive benefits when I exercise and even though I have every intention to go I am able to persuade myself not to so many times! This is a habit that I want to break, just need to fins the inspiration to do it.
26.1.15: Tonight I went to the gym. Why is it so much harder in the evening? There were a couple of children under the age of 16, one as young as 9, in there tonight and it made me externally sad. What are we teaching children about their bodies to make them want to go to pound away on a treadmill? Why aren’t they at a swim club, rock climbing, going for walks in nature, bouncing on space hoppers, or dancing? We must spare children from the lessons that men and women learn about their bodies in the gym.
28.1.16: I was lying in bed thinking that it could be kinda great to share some of what I have been writing in this book on the blog. I tend to write so much that it might be overwhelming to share it all but I will just pick out the ‘highlights’. Let’s see how it goes down…
So do you journal? I am addicted to it! It helps me so much sort out what is going on in my brain. If you don’t why don’t you give it ago over February and see if it helps you in any way! Make sure you come back and let me know how it goes!