Something that I'm pretty rubbish at now that I'm an adult is trying new things and I absolutely love my comfortable routine. So this year I made a little pact with myself to try something new at least once a month and I thought I'd share them with you today. Of course, I'd love to know what you've been trying out in your life too.
I'm a pretty sceptical person and meditation is something that I've always been very wary of and deemed it complete nonsense. But as I've been going to my local BodyBalance class and that includes 10 minutes of meditation I was forced to give it a go. And even though it takes me a little while it's something that I've found so beneficial. Switching my mind off from any type of thought is something that I find incredibly hard. And it's certainly something that when I let myself into a prison of my own worry I find even harder. Meditation is something that I think has a really bad reputation but even if you try to do it for just 5 minutes a day in bed laying down it can help keep your mind calm and rational.
CUTTING OUT UNNECESSARY SPENDING & SAVING MONEY
As I write a blog that features regular beauty & style content I think it's pretty safe to say that I enjoy material possessions and I don't think there is anything wrong with that if it's moderation. But this year I've really knuckled down on buying things that I really don't need or desperately want. When I look at my life I feel like I have everything I need and then some so why do I need to buy even more things? I don't. When I was 16 and got my first job I remember getting a serious issue with emotional spending and it took me years to properly tackle it. But now I feel I've got a real good hold of it and I've found so much more joy in saving money and having a comfortable safety net of savings. So if anything terrible happened I know I would be able to survive and pay my bills. And some might find this incredibly boring and no I'm not going out and travelling or going on holiday but I've found for me at this stage in my life the savings are what I value more.
Ever since I started struggling with serious digestive issues nearly 5 years ago standard meal times and portion sizes went out the window. So listening to my body and when I feel like eating and what kind of portion that I feel like I can tackle is something that I've found incredibly helpful. I think a lot of people when they struggle with any type of digestion problems feels the pressure to eat 3 standard meals a day but often that can cause so much distress that it's just not worth it. Listening to your body and knowing what it wants is something that takes a little bit of time to get used to but I've found it make eating a lot more of an enjoyable experience.
I mentioned in a post I wrote recently about adopting a healthier lifestyle that I had cut meat out of my diet. I've never been a huge meat eater and for a big chunk of my university life, I didn't eat meat as it's not something that I ever liked cooking. As I've always been so worried about giving myself food poisoning that I just never risked it. So around 7 weeks ago I made the decision to cut meat properly out of my diet and I've noticed a pretty large difference in the state of my digestion. I no longer feel so horribly sluggish and unwell after I've eaten which is a huge deal for me. I thought I might miss the taste of things like bacon but I don't at all, in fact, it's forced to get more creative with my food choices which can only be a good thing.
STOPPED WATCHING SO MUCH NETFLIX
My Netflix account and I are best friends, we've been through some tough times together and I love binge watching series. But at the moment I'm preferring to read over watching the latest hit series and I think it's been doing my sleep pattern the world of good. We're all aware of the effects that a screen can have but it's all too tempting to just lay in bed and binge watch your favourite show. Reading at night is something that I've found hard to get into the habit of. But it's something that I now really look forward to as I know it's my time to properly unwind and switch off.
PUSHED MY HAIR WASHING SCHEDULE EVEN FURTHER
Some people might find this truly disgusting but washing my long hair is a lengthy task and one I currently find myself avoiding at all costs. For around a year or so, I've had 4-day hair wash schedule but I've been trying to push it a little longer and I've found my hair feeling a lot healthier because of it. My hair loves nothing more than to be a little bit greasy and letting those natural oils work their magic has been incredibly beneficial. I've written an entire post about training your hair to go longer without washing if you want to read about how I went from washing my hair every single day to every 4 days.
KEPT MY MAIL APP CLOSED AT THE WEEKEND
For years my mail app remained open at all times of day in case something came in out of typical work hours. And for that reason, answering emails at 11pm isn't all that uncommon for me. But ever since my email app on my iPhone stopped working in January I've found myself becoming a lot less obsessed with checking my emails and I don't think it's the healthiest habit to get into. Whilst, of course, I think it's important to give people a timely response apart from a few exceptions nothing is ever that important that it needs to be answered at 11pm on a Saturday night. So this has led me to stop checking my emails over the weekend. Unless it's to answer something that I've not managed to get to in the week and it's been oddly refreshing to stop feeling like I'm a slave to my inbox.