As I am working on finding a bit more balance in my life and generally trying to make myself a more pleasant person to be around by taking care of myself occasionally, I thought that I would try developing a few new healthy habits. Some are working. Some are sort of working and I’m pressing on to see if they improve. Here they are.
I am really loving podcasts at the moment. My favourite is definitely Emma Gannon’s podcast called Ctrl, Alt Dlt – check it out ASAP, it is full of some serious inspiration and real life talk – but I am also enjoying Ingrid Nilson’s podcast Ladies Who Lunch (honesty deluxe – always good). As I am new to the whole podcast scene, that’s about as far as I’ve got but I’ll report back when I’ve found a few more.
There is just something so relaxing about a podcast. It doesn’t demand all my attention, like Netflix does, so I can listen in the bath or when I’m making dinner without worrying that I’m missing something if my eyes aren’t glued to the screen. Plus, I love that I can listen to an interesting discussion instead of just zoning out to whatever mindless nonsense is on TV. It fits in with my theme of general attempts at self-betterment.
Trust me, a good podcast + a hot bath = pretty much perfection.
- Adult Colouring Books
I bought one of these in January, got hooked for a month and then completely gave it up until now. I love the idea of adult colouring books. You chill out, get to do something creative (which is great for me because I can’t draw to save my life) and play a little bit. The problem is that I have to be really careful not to let is stress me out by getting overly obsessive. I can get a bit intense and feel like I have to finish the page I’m on or get stressed about what colours to choose. Basically, the control freak in me comes out. I am working on letting go and just enjoying the experience. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m thinking that this will be one of those phases that comes and goes.
- Gym Classes
I finally signed up to the gym and – I know this going to sound annoying – I am really enjoying it. I hate sit ups and squats and running on the treadmill for hours but I have seriously fallen for the classes that are on offer. I can try something different every week to keep things interesting and I don’t have to wander around the gym wondering what I should do – the instructor is there for that. These classes are essentially the only thing that’s getting me to exercise regularly at the moment so I am seriously singing their praises. They make me feel like I’ve accomplished something after each one and they are a lot more fun than doing push ups. Plus, being in a group means that you feel like you’re all in it together, even if I have to ignore the freakishly fit/flexible girls.
- Switching Up My Social Media Feeds
I realized recently that there were a few people on my Instagram and Twitter who had sort of become irrelevant to my life and to what I am currently interested in. A bit of a cull ensued. More like a rejig, actually. I have unfollowed a few people – not because their feeds were necessarily bad or negative but because I wasn’t finding them personally inspiring anymore – and I have found some new accounts to follow. Social media is meant to be having a positive impact on me so I figured that I should make sure that it is motivating me and making me smile.
- Buying Books
Few things make me as happy as good books and I am on a bit of a book buying tangent at the moment. There are just so many things that I want to read right now. I tried to curb my enthusiasm for a while but I have decided that it might be better to just give in. A future lull in the book department is inevitably coming (it always does) so I may as well enjoy getting my hands on some great reads while it lasts – even if it does make my bank account a little lighter. Or a lot lighter. Seriously, when the hell did books get so expensive?!?!