This past couple of years have been one of growing and learning for me. I realized two years ago how anxious, nervous and sad I was all the time. And I wanted to change it. I feel like the past couple of years have been laying down some good foundation but this past couple of months I've really seen and felt a difference in my every day. I wanted to share some of the things I have done with you, hopefully, some will resonate!
1 - Declutter - If you didn't read my post here about decluttering my every day, be sure to check it out. Having a lot fewer things around me all the time has helped me to have a much clearer mind and feel a lot less anxious.
2 - Not watching live TV - Don't get me wrong I still love Bravo but I found myself trying to work my whole schedule around a TV show because I had deemed it as "me time". When in reality I would hurry up trying to do things so I could relax but I was just thinking of all the things I didn't do, checking my phone all throughout commercial breaks and not really enjoying the time. I now watch the show when I have time (fewer commercials) and I focus on it and enjoy it more. Or I watch it while I'm working out and it feels like a treat!
3 - Giving my phone up every night - I also wrote a post about giving my phone up for 2 hours every night and what its done for me. I feel so much more productive and relaxed at that time.
4 - Doing things I enjoy - Like reading books, or skimming Pinterest for fun. I'm trying to find things where I can lose myself a little more and fewer to-dos. Baking is one thing that really lets my mind wander. You can see the 5 books I love on a Sunday afternoon here.
5 - Cheat Meals - Henry and I realized we were spending money on going out as treats and not paying attention to how many times we were doing it. In an effort to really clean up our diet we have decided to every Friday have a "cheat meal" that we usually cook at home. It a fun thing to look forward to all week and do together. It saves money and makes the food more enjoyable! You can't be strict on your diet 100% of the time you'll go crazy. We really enjoy the bonding time together as well after long weeks!
6 - Morning workouts - This was so hard in the beginning, I won't sugar coat it. But I feel such a sense of accomplishment just starting my day. And when I come home from work I don't feel guilty because I've already done it! Not to mention it feel good for my body and I'm loving getting stronger.
7 - Meditation - This really helps me to try to stop my thoughts and just take a second for myself. I have found too that I dont react as poorly to things when I am meditating regularlly.
I hope at least one thing on this list helps you to feel better every day! I'd love to hear any tips that you have.