Life is a bitch. I know this, you know this, my neighbours dog knows it. But it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom.
As some as you know, the last month for me has been pretty tiring- I’ve overcome a hell of a lot and came out the other side stronger and ready to fight. I let the trials and tribulations of modern life weigh down heavy on my shoulders, and thought I needed to be superwoman in order to survive. In turn what I was actually doing was working myself into the ground and forgetting that I, too needed a life away from work, stress and drama.
It’s so easy to get stuck into a routine that enables us to lead a slick work, personal and social life- but all this squishing and squidging tasks into our schedules doesn’t always leave room for ‘self-love’ and ‘rest and relaxation’. But I also know that we all still have lives to lead and jobs to complete, so taking the time off to look after ourselves sometimes just isn’t viable. So I’ve made a compromise with myself for August (and you can too!) I have found a few simple ways (which I have been doing for the last week or so) of making some little changes to my daily routine, which allows me the best of both worlds. I’m still able to complete all I need to with regards to work and my social and personal life, but I have also allowed myself the chance to slow down a little bit during the day and add some love back into my day.
By just changing a few simple things, I am able to lead a healthier and happier life without neglecting anything else – and heres how I’m planning on doing it, whose with me?
The Early Bird Catches the Worm:
It’s such a cliche- but its a cliche for a reason. By setting my alarm just half an hour earlier, I’m able to get up, get my ass in the gym, and ready to catch my normal train at 7.30 and head into work feeling pumped, energised and knowing I have ticked off my exercise for the day. Lucky for me, my gym is next to my train station, so I’m saving the walk I would normally have to make- which saves time! My normal morning routine consisted of me laying in bed for half hour scrolling through social media before dragging myself out from under my cover, then would feel guilty if I was unable to go to the gym on my way home, because I was too tired or had too much to do, and you don’t have to do a hardcore HIIT session, some light yoga, or a swim will do the same job.
Currently working out: with some gentle and light cardio and deep stretches due to a bad knee.
Eating Alfresco Baby:
Who else sits at their desk during their lunch break? Hands up if you are guilty. It’s such a bad 21st century habit. Our office only has a small communal kitchen, so I always just head out into town, grab my lunch and then sit down at my desk- which means I always just end up carrying on working while eating. This is such an unhealthy, unhygienic way to behave. Taking just 10 minutes to step away from my desk – leaving my phone and my laptop behind, and eat outside (especially in this lovely weather) just gives me my complete second wind. Never underestimate how important it is to just sit aside, away from technology and give your body some time to do something completely for itself. Also think about what you are putting inside your body, choose a nutritious and light lunch that is going to keep you full all day and provide your body with a burst of vitamins and minerals it so desperately needs.
Currently eating: Pork Salad with Quinoa, Avocado and Pomegranate. (OBSESSED)
Sing it loud:
Music has always been a huge part of my life. It has a way of just lifting your spirits, evoking deep emotions and can give you the push you need to keep going. Set aside some time to create some playlists for different moods- so that whether you need some kick-ass rock motivation in the gym, some concentration piano jams during the 9-5 or some feel good tunes on the way home – you always have something ready to go, so you can just hit play and let the melodies do their job.
Currently listening too: “You are Loved” By Josh Groban- if you are ever feeling low, or sad, just listen to this. It will change your life.
Use your commute, for you:
I am the worst person for working while travelling to and from work – and sometimes this can be an amazing way of utilising your day and productivity. But it can also get super overwhelming, when every inch of your day is focusing on work in one form or another. I have swapped my laptop for the newspaper on both my journey into (the Metro) and on my way home (London Evening Standard) work – and then a book for the rest of the journey. Not only does it allow me the chance to find out what is going on in the world, but also gives me an escape from the working relaties that take up 90% of my day. Having this little thing for myself, means that I no longer dread the journey and can relax and take a little time for myself.
Currently reading: “Can I speak to Someone in Charge” by the hilariously real Emily Clarkson.
H20 IT UP:
Water is the single most beneficial tool you can have in leading a healthier and happier life. Not only do I get super grouchy and irritable if I’m not drinking enough, it also makes my skin, hair and nails feel dry and gross. I aways aim to drink my 2l of water a day- I have always been someone who drinks a lot, even since I was a baby, you would never see me without a bottle in my hand. But lately I have been neglecting this simple task due to constant emails taking over. By keeping a 1l bottle of water on my desk, I’m able to easily keep track of what I’m drinking without having to keep getting up to refill my glass. If you don’t like water, try adding herbs and fruits – it really transforms the flavour and gives your body a little bit of an extra boost.
Currently drinking: Mint and Lemon. It’s a fool proof fave.
Just by changing a few simple things in my life, which to be completely honest with you, are things I’ve barely even noticed I’ve changed I am feeling more happy, more healthy and raring to go. It can be seen reflected on both my work, my blog and my day to day attitude – so why don’t you try incorporating a few of these things into your day and see if it can help you lead a happier and healthier life too?