Hello.. I've not done a blog post in what seems like forever and a day.. since June 2019 in fact and hasn't a lot happened in that time! There's been Covid, Brexit and a new baby in the midst of all that too - to top it off!! 😂
How are you all doing at the moment?
I know I am finding life a bit of a challenge at the moment and I'm sure I'm not alone. I find myself offering the 'I know other people have it worse off' caveat every time I admit I'm in a funk but I just wanted you all to know that if you do feel a bit down - you are not alone. We are all just ready for a break and going back to doing things that spark joy!
Usually, I'd consider myself a relatively positive person, it doesn't always come super natural but 'looking at the bright side of life' and practicing gratitude are both things I try to do. Turn's out it's not as easy as that in the midst of a global pandemic.. who knew?
Long story short.. I wanted to share with you a few things that I'm working on to try make my days a little shinier.. and it is a bit of a slog.. but it does seem to be working (a little bit).
I'm trying to move more... I started couch to 5k a few weeks ago.. and I'm not going to sit here and say it's easy or I enjoy it (I really don't) but I never regret doing it. I've been doing it in the mornings and it gives me a real sense of achievement... and on the days I'm not doing that I try to go for a walk around the park - the other day I even did an Abs work out (pats self on back).
Now I don't know why but this is something I really struggle with... okay, okay let me rephrase that - 'drinking more water'. I can drink prosecco like it's going out of fashion and let's not talk about my caffeine intake but water... I'm just not a fan!! That being said, I know it's good for me and I feel better when I'm hydrated so I have been using the water tracker in my diary
to consciously drink more water.
Since the schools have been closed, I really found that without structure our days were just turning to s*it. We all seem to work a bit better with a routine even if it is a loose one, so I've been trying to get up (earlier than the kids) so I can get 'set up' for the day, do a bit of exercise, plan out the day and organise things like breakfast/lunch just so it's one less thing to think about. So if you're feeling like your heads all over the shop - have a go at dumping your brain on paper
- I read somewhere recently ''you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down on a regular basis".
BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF
And lastly, I'm trying to be gentle with myself. I spend a lot of time on Instagram as you know and whilst I LOVE it and can find social media really inspiring - I do feel pressure sometimes. There are lots of people making the best of lockdown; volunteering, learning new skills, planning amazing play ideas for their kids - I keep reminding myself not to compare myself to anyone else online, after all it's a showreel
of all the best bits most of the time.
Anyway, I'm no expert I just thought it would be quite nice to share with you some of the habits I've been trying to form to stay sane this lockdown. I'll also link the daily planner I created at the beginning of Lockdown 3.0 which is how I've created structure and routine to our days here.
Check out @drjuliesmith and @hal_elrod for some ACTUAL expert inspo!
Keep going my lovelies - you are all doing wonderfully and lets hope for some good news from BoJo this week!!
Love Tory x