As I mentioned in my previous post, last week wasn’t the best for me. In the grand scheme of things, nothing major happened but a combination of frustration at work and low moods sent me on a downward spiral until I’d convinced myself that I was a useless human being and the best solution to my problems was to simply mope around and feel sorry for myself. I know that all sounds a little melodramatic but I’m sure you’ll agree that sometimes we all have those weeks where we just don’t have the energy to pick ourselves up and move on. Sometimes we just feel like we’re running out of energy to catch everything life throws at us.
Anyway, it’s a new week and I’m feeling back to my normal self again and as I’m going on holiday at the end of the week I know I’ve got a much needed break waiting just around the corner for me. So now, with a much clearer head, I wanted to write a post to remind myself why sometimes it’s good to embrace those down days and just let yourself have an off week (stay with me). Although down days feel like the worst thing in the world when you’re in that mindset, sometimes they’re good for giving us that kick up the bum we’ve been waiting for. You see, having let myself stew in my misery last week, I now feel like I’ve got it out of my system and am ready to take on the world. Hitting rock bottom really allows you to step back, look at your life and say right, something needs to change here. So that’s exactly what I did. After giving myself a telling off for being so utterly ridiculous, I decided I was going to make some changes to my everyday life to make myself feel refreshed and motivated to pedal on when times got tough. So here’s the 5 little changes that I’ve made this week:
Get up earlier
I think I’ve had a lot of underlying frustration recently as over the last few weeks I’ve been running around like a headless chicken and not making enough time for the things that are important to me… like writing this blog, doing yoga and reading a good book. I realised that unless I made time, more time wasn’t just going to magically appear so this week I’ve been getting up at 6am every morning and dedicating that hour purely to myself and the things I want to do. Literally putting myself first by doing what I want to do at the start of the day has made me feel 100 times better.
Wise word from my Grandma. I remember her saying this to me so often when I was a kid. Most often she was referring to spending the ten pounds pocket money she’d saved up for me but I know if she was still around, she’d still be saying those words to me now. I’m one of those people that feels guilty if I treat myself, almost disciplining myself so I don’t get too accustomed to it. But you know what, we work hard for over 8 hours every single day so there’s no reason we shouldn’t be treating ourselves often. Little things like stopping in at costa on the way to work, having a mid-week date night or getting my nails done on the way home are little treats that pick me up. It’s so important to reward yourself every now and then, because let’s be honest, if you don’t who will?
This is the biggest change I’ve made this week and it’s done wonders for my mood. I’ve been trying to get out at lunchtime when possible to get away from my desk and I’ve actually discovered lots of things near my work that I didn’t even know existed before. Adding those small little adventures to your day really helps to make each one feel different. Fresh air and a little headspace is also so important when you’re feeling a bit off!
Have phone free time
Another thing I’m really bad at is having tech free time. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with technology. Although it’s amazing, inspiring and opens up opportunities, it can also be deflating, addictive and extremely toxic. Like most people I have a really bad habit of scrolling through my phone when I’m sat doing nothing. I really want to change that from now on as not only is it bad for me but it’s also extremely unproductive. I’ve started to go for a walk without my phone and make sure I leave it downstairs when I go to bed to make sure I’m giving myself the space to properly switch off.
Mix it up a little
This ones probably the most important for me. I find that when everyday is similar to the last I get deflated and weeks feels much longer. Adding little things to your daily routine or doing things in a different order can really make you feel like you’ve got a new found love for the everyday. This week I went to the gym before work and sat in the sauna for ten minutes which was sooo enjoyable. It made an average Tuesday feel like the weekend. A few other things that I find inject a little adventure to the daily grind are things like having a nice hot bath before work and listening to a podcast on my commute in.