First Month Of The New Year
We are into the third week of 2018. The dawn of a new year gave us a reason to celebrate and the extreme weather almost brought our lives to a standstill in January. However, now that we have settled well into our normal routine after shaking off the festive hangover, I am sure that you have not forgotten your new year resolutions yet!
A new year, for me, means a fresh start! Personally, I am more comfortable with short-term goals and I had hoped to start this year on a positive note. But, 2018 has not been very kind to me so far. I am still recovering from an acute sickness that sent me to the ER this month and forced me to take a break from blogging. The last few days were difficult but with the support of my husband and my mother, I have been able to start work again.
Since it is so important to focus our energy on positive things, I thought of sharing with you some changes that I have brought in my life in the last few months. These simple lifestyle changes have helped me find a better balance between my work and personal life. Not to mention, I feel more happy, healthy and positive.
Wake up at 5:00 am.
I have never been a morning person and it was probably the most difficult thing for me. But waking up early has made my life a lot simpler. I kick start my day with few glasses of warm water, plan my entire day while sipping green tea and finish all chores on time. It has also helped me devote more time to my blog. When I had started blogging, it was a stress buster for me but now I dedicate few hours to it each day. My days are more relaxed and I am never in a rush to finish things off. Of course, there are times when things do not go as per plan but that’s rare.
Not using the phone for at least 2 hours after waking up.
It is normal to check phone notifications after waking up. There are several emails that are waiting to be answered, social media notifications, and it somehow increases our anxiety levels in the morning. I have stopped ruining my mornings by keeping my phone in silent mode for a couple of hours after waking up. I love that it allows me to focus on things that are important.
Travelling at least once a month.
Whether it is a short trip or a long vacation, we have started to travel at least once a month. It keeps me motivated, energized and refreshed. After all, who doesn’t like vacations?
Choosing print over digital.
I think I am in a tech detox mode! Although I am not saying that it is the right thing but I am enjoying this phase. During the past couple of years, I was mostly reading on my laptop but my love for books could not keep me away from them for too long. I have bought a few books in the last few months. And, Guess what? It is not impossible to find few minutes to read every day!
I am a vegetarian and a big time foodie. Although I love to eat everything that is not healthy, I am trying hard to change this habit. I have started to include whole grains in at least one of my meals, servings of fruits and vegetables have increased and I have not had a soft drink in the last six months! But that doesn’t mean I don’t cheat. I may feel guilty the next morning but I love eating out on weekends. In fact, this is what I had for dinner last night (the pictures aren’t great but the food was delicious! )
Travel, eat, take up a hobby and do everything that makes you happy. Take baby steps and see how it changes your life!
What are some of the positive changes that you have brought or are planning to bring in your life? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! I would love to hear from you!!!