2015: Well-being - Forming Habits
So, the first month of my year of well-being is up now... A while back I wrote about my New Year's theme for 2015, which I decided would be well-being. And I figured little by little I would make better choices and make those little changes to my everyday life in order to continue my journey towards well-being. As quite a few of you suggested it would be nice to have regular updates of my journey to well-being I figured I'll do monthly roundups - helps to keep me on track and focused on the goal as well.
This month I didn't have a specific theme, I just figured let's see what happens and what goes. Little by little I noticed that one thing kept cropping up and occupying my thoughts. Habits.
They say it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. Well, I don't quite believe it, I think it takes far more effort and consistency to make a change, but that is OK as I am committed to this for the whole year. In the first month I have made some changes I think are important, and that I should keep up, and have thought about a few more changes I should make to really make this year into about well-being.
My new well-being habits:
1. Lunch time yoga. Not a new thing this year as I started my lunch time yoga last October. It is on every Monday, and I absolutely refuse to schedule any meetings or other work stuff during my yoga hour.
2. Gym. I signed up to the work gym last year. This year I am making sure I use it twice a week - Wednesday and Friday - even if I am really busy at work. On a few occasions I have replaced my gym session with a long walk outside if I haven't felt like going to the gym.
3. Eating better at work.Terrible really, but quite often if I haven't taken lunch with me I go out and get Maccy D's, or maybe some sort of a mayonnaise-filled pasta salad from Tesco's, and grab a muffin for the afternoon tea time. So now I try to always make my own lunch (usually rye bread sandwiches), take fruits for snacks, and stay away from the communal snack jar at work.
4. Being more organised. This is something that I have started to do now to help me do the habits one to three - I get my lunch and breakfast ready the night before and prepare my fully-stocked gym bag for the week on Sundays.
New well-being habits for next month:
5. Getting to bed early. I have tried doing this, but not succeeding as well as I should. This I think is the key to really getting everything else in order - it is difficult to do anything well if you are tired.
6. Weekend mummy-daughter time. We had a lovely time in the park today just the two of us, and I thought this would be nice to do every weekend. Whether it is going to the park, going for a babyccino or shopping. Will be probably nice for daddy to have some down-time too...
7. Lunch time experiences. I used to do this in the past. Once a week I'd go for a "cultural experience" during the lunch hour, either a museum, a landmark, a popular sightseeing place, or maybe a concert. I figured since I have to commute to work, I might as well try to enjoy the local sights. I haven't done this in a while but I think it would be good to resurrect this habit and get to know my Monday to Friday surroundings again.
8. Being even more organised. It would help my busy mornings if I didn't have to desperately try to find something reasonably work-appropriate to wear amongst all my stuff... So I want to start getting my work outfits of the week ready on Sunday. Additionally doing a bit of planning for the week ahead on Sunday to see what I need to do and where to go would help smooth running of the week!
For February I think my theme should be de-cluttering... We are planning on purchasing a house and I guess you can't really start de-cluttering too early.
Have you formed any new habits through your New Year's Resolutions? Are there any amazing habits that help you get the most out of your days?