I am a creature of habit, love a routine and when I am out of one, I can very easily de-rail myself.
How do I do it? Simple, I get on the slippy fun downslide and find it hard to get off. My sense of balance tips the wrong way and my 80/20 rule does a see-saw switch. I know I am not alone and only human but when will I learn?
These events are mainly to blame for me slipping out of my normal routine (of course they are just the catalyst not really to blame, that really is my responsibility to take on board), Christmas, New Years, School Holiday’s (far too long), a Wedding (not mine) and a 40th Birthday (mine).
It has been a very busy few months, very fun and very social but I need to check out of the social calendar and check back in with myself for awhile.
Disclaimer: This has not been helped by the school holiday’s where I have worked from home and endured over 2 months with the kids at home, this has really not aided the routine junkie in me. When the kids are out of their routine they become displaced and unmanageable, which then adds even more dysfunction to the situation.
It’s definitely time to get back into healthy habits and routines. This is when I feel at my most happiest and content with life, I can literally do and achieve so much more, which stems I am sure from being a closet control freak.
I love to feel motivated and inspired so I can be the best version of myself, meditating, exercising, yoga, practicing mindfulness and generally being good to myself all help with this. They help restore the balance and the 80/20 rule is back in play.
However, life is to be lived and therefore we should not deprive ourselves of things we enjoy but applying moderation is key. This is the lesson I need to keep reminding myself off the back of not moderating.
I have tried during this festive time to maintain some of the things that I know are good for me and make me feel good, like yoga, meditation and doing my gratitude diary but it’s hard.
Why is it so hard?
It really is a challenge to do something every day and stick to it, you have to be so disciplined. I think I’m actually pretty good at it, when in the zone but I struggle to maintain when I am out of whack and not in a routine.
Solution: I am kick starting my detox from alcohol and social events by doing Feb Fast, bye bye wine (and cheese). We have had a long two months together and I am ready for a break. Hello healthy habits and routine, we’re back on.