You may have noticed that it’s been extremely quiet on Blogger & The Geek over the past year or so. I’m finally starting to feel more buzzed, more refreshed and positive about the year ahead.
This past week has been my first week off since August 2017. My last week off before then was when I was nursing a broken arm last Christmas – and it’s taken me a long time to shake the feelings of sadness, doubt, loneliness and emptyness that I entered 2017 with.
I’ve really looked after my time over this week off, although we spent a lot of time with family and living on the M6, I ensured I slept all the times I needed too, bossed my to do list every day, kept the house tidy, enjoyed the carby Christmas foods but mixed it back with my usual diet, drank enough cider for a small army to live and just enjoy not having to think about work or real life for a little while.
So, I’m trying to keep this feeling bottled up and remember what makes me feel like this. I’m not quitting the day job anytime soon, but, the days where a few days annual leave isn’t an option, it is worth remembering these tips!
TIDY HOUSE TIDY MIND
I am an incredibly messy person – that much that I lost 2 Christmas presents this year (well done super boyfriend for finding them) and I’ve had to leave our wedding rings at my parents house in case I misplace them. However, I really do know that tidy surroundings are a huge mood boost for me. This past week, I’ve culled my wardrobe – getting rid of any clothing I haven’t worn all year – and in the process of decluttering the spare room. I’m slowly hoping having less things in the house will help keep up this vibe.
Being able to have a longer soak in the bath, more time to do my hair and whacking on some lipstick is another thing that my mental health has been loving. It’s been nice to look in the mirror and not see the bags under my eyes, my hair living it’s natural life and generally not feeling like a bag of rubbish. So, let 2018 be filled with longer baths, nice nails, lipsticks and faking it till I make it.
STICKING TO THE HEALTHY EATING
I joined Slimming World last year and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’m at my goal weight, I get to still eat like a carb princess and it’s very rarely that I feel like I’m missing out. I had a little indulge over Christmas with some turkey sandwiches, a cheese board or two and the odd chocolate, but I feel that indulgence has been a reset button. By the 29th, I was ready for fruit, vegetables and wanting to knock that food like coma away. After our wedding, I’m not wanting to pile the pounds back on and want to carry on being the healthy weight I am now.
SOCIAL MEDIA CULL
I spent the latter days of 2018 going through my social media channels and deleting/muting the accounts I don’t want to follow anymore. I also deleted the ‘friends’ off Facebook who I’ve not spoken to for the past 4 years. I topped it even further by deleting old numbers in my phone, deleting old whatsapp groups where no one has spoken since 2015, changing my phone background and getting rid of old apps. It been making me feel good knowing my phones completely up to date and there’s now no negativity on my social media channels.
It’s been a good start to 2018 so far on my side, I hope it’s been as positive your end!