Last week I had a bit of a melt down. I’ve been at my new job 3 months today and it’s taken me all this time to get used to my new routine. I love the job – but finding time to adult and do the things that “need” doing (washing, cleaning, ironing), let alone the things I want to do (work outs, drawing, yoga, meditation) has been seriously difficult for me! I’ve been feeling utterly rushed off my feet, stressed and downright miserable.
I commute to Central London from Kent and it’s honestly not that bad. The only downside is that I get in at 7.45pm and once I’ve had dinner, prepped lunch, had a shower and (even though it goes against most of my morals) watched Love Island, I’m pretty much ready for bed. By 10.30pm I’m usually dribbling on Jack’s shoulder.
So last week I started freaking out because how on earth am I meant to ever have a hobby again? Am I doomed to forever have an ironing pile as tall as Mt Everest? (Shout out to my mum who came and got some of my ironing last week – you’re a saint!) Should I just ban myself from watching Love Island? Do I get up at 5am? (I already get up at 6…)
…But I think I’ve found the answer – an answer that still allows me to watch Georgia be loyal babe. This week I’ve made some wonderful swaps that allow little moments of ‘me’ time throughout my day. Though short and sweet, I’ve definitely noticed a change in my mood, pace and productivity. Here’s what I’ve been doing:
- Waking up: I usually work out in the mornings but today I swapped one of my work outs for a 15/20 minute meditation. I literally just sat in the garden with my buddy Stan next to me, watching and listening to the birds and marvelling at how quiet it was. It made me feel amazingly grateful to be alive and I’m in a really good mood today now! Seriously recommend just giving yourself 10 minutes of quiet.
- Getting ready: I’ve implemented a strict ‘be out of the shower by EXACTLY 7 am’ rule. Any later and I won’t be ready on time, resulting in a mad dash to the station, shin splints and a very sweaty, pissed off Sian. Absolutely NOT how I want to start my day as I found it affected my mood for the rest of the day.
- My commute: I’m now allowing myself 10 minutes of phone scrolling max on the train as opposed to scrolling mindlessly for the full 40 minutes – now I use the rest of my time to plan blog posts which wakes me up and makes me feel excited!
- Lunch: I used to walk for an hour on my lunch – Fitbit stats are my life – but now I walk for 40 minutes and draw for 20. Drawing brings me so much peace of mind and is something I’ve desperately missed since cutting it out of my routine.
- Going home: I usually get to the train station at 6.40pm and have 15 minutes on the train before it leaves the station. Again, I used to just scroll social media for most of my journey. Now, I draw for 15 minutes (until the train starts moving and makes it impossible) and then read or switch off and listen to music.
- The weekend: I also mentioned in my last post that I didn’t get stupid drunk this weekend so I had a really productive Saturday – house organisation and a good clean ALWAYS makes me feel better and makes the house feel super cosy too. I definitely feel like this made a big impact on my productivity this week.
I’m still looking at what other swaps I can make to give myself more time – but just these tiny things have made a huge difference to my mindset. I feel so much more relaxed, as if my pace of life has been taken down a notch. I also feel more like ‘myself’; drawing and meditating are seriously important to me and make me feel lovely and grounded. Not forgetting starting this blog – it’s given me another outlet for my creativity and gets my mind working. (It’s also really lovely reading your comments and puts the BIGGEST smile on my face)
So here’s what to take away from this post. See what little swaps you can make to bring more ‘you’ moments to your routine. Things that bring you genuine happiness – fit them in wherever you can! If you’re in a slump, I’m pretty sure you’re going 100 miles an hour and cutting out the things that are important to you having a happy mind. Funnily enough, even though now I feel like I’m doing more, I feel like there’s a new added calm to my life, which comes from doing the things that make me happy happy happy.
Love, Siân x