I've already shared with you how I didn't *quite* manage to tick off everything from my Autumn Shake Up challenge, but that doesn't mean I haven't still been making changes. I guess it goes back to all my years working in a school, but I find that this time of year feels more suited to new beginnings than waiting until January. And with simpler living really resonating with me at the moment I'm all about discovering easy ways to feel settled and revitalised....which is exactly what I'm going to share with you today!
TURN OFF NOTIFICATIONS
Ok, so slightly annoying for my friends but I've turned off my Whatsapp notifications and feel *so* much freer. I never realised quite how much time I dedicated to it...getting sucked in to (sometimes irrelevant) group chats and easily getting distracted throughout the day. So I just turned off notifications. Unplugged. There's still text for anything urgent, but now when I catch up with Whatsapp chats it's on my terms. It's hard to explain why the shift works, but trust me, it does.
Recently I'd got into a bit of a funk when it came to doing those ongoing tasks we have to do if we're going to be 'proper adults'. My weekend routine was starting to feel exhausting; I loathed getting up to do the weekly shop on a Sunday and felt like I was doing a never-ending rota of clothes washing. So I switched things up and feel motivated again. I don't get up early to hit the supermarket as it opens anymore; apparently 3:30pm on a Saturday is the ideal time to avoid the queues and shop stress-free. Plus I now spread the washing out over a couple of days to make it more manageable. Sounds simple, but if your routine is making you feel drained then it's up to you to change it.
ENHANCE YOUR SURROUNDINGSI'm all about quick decorative extras to make a house a home. I love the appearance of fresh flowers but doubt I'll ever be a person who buys them on the regular as repeatedly spending money on something which is already dying just seems illogical to me. No, for me it's all about lights. Candles (I know....how ironic that I'm happy to figuratively set fire to my money) and fairy lights adorn our front room and I've recently replaced a few of our worn out blankets with new ones. Things are feeling seriously cosy around here and I love it.
TAKE TIME OUT
This one's a bit like rescheduling, but sometimes it's easy to forget that (work commitments excepted) your time is your own and you shouldn't have to justify how you spend it to anyone. A couple of weeks ago I was running around here, there and everywhere each night of the week. I was exhausted. I enjoyed every dinner date or catch up I'd scheduled in but it was all getting too much. Once my diary was cleared I kept it that way for a few weeks and looked forward to nights in on the sofa after work. I feel calmer and more relaxed, and with the party season soon to be upon us I know that having these evenings in the bank is going to serve me well.
READ A BOOK
And finish it! One thing I hear a lot is people saying they wish they could read more, or that they used to read a lot and miss it. The feeling I get finishing a book is similar to the rush of endorphins post-spinning class. It feels good to have started something and finished it. Pick any book that takes your fancy, I guarantee when you turn that last page you'll feel you've accomplished something.
How do you take time to recharge?
How do you take time to recharge?