I really didn’t want to get up this morning. This worries me because I’m not always like this. If I’m excited about something, I want to jump out of bed and get started on it as quickly as possible. I want to be excited about my life, every day. I don’t care if that sounds idealistic, I don’t think it’s out of anybody’s reach.
It’s easy to get really settled into a routine and think that’s your life. But as soon as you start to think ‘urgh, do I have to do this?’ in the morning, perhaps it’s time to mix it up a little.
I know what I enjoy, or at least what makes me happier and more energised in the long run. But I often don’t do these things because it’s easier in the short term not do, or they require me being a bit organised.
But it’s really worth developing good habits. In the words of Sarah Kathleen Peck ‘There are a hundred ways to not be happy—your job is to keep trying until you find the way that works.’ I have some of the bigger things covered: an interesting job, a lovely house, and an amazing boyfriend. Now I want to spend the next few months trying some things out that I suspect will make me happy, and seeing if they work.
Firstly, these are going to be:
- Not collapsing on the sofa on my return from work and watching things I have no real desire to watch on the television.
- Using the spare time to keep on top of clutter and do something creative each day.
- Cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. It makes such a difference to come down to clear clean surfaces in the morning rather than chaos that smells a little.
- Going for a lunch-break run on Tuesdays and Thursdays (fulfilling my need for ‘getting out of the office’, ‘being outdoors’ and ‘exercise’)
- Eating proper food. Stop using chocolate and caffeine as short term energy boosters.
- Making time to really connect with friends, offline.
Has anyone else been trying out lifestyle changes? How have they worked. Let me know in the comments.