I’m a few weeks into my happiness journey and it has been a learning curve…in a good way. I certainly haven’t changed overnight, and I am not sure I want to. I totally believe that you have to do the journey in order to learn the lessons.
So what lessons have I learnt over the last few weeks. Well I have learnt that once I have finished my evening meal and I am craving something sweet, I have a drink of peppermint tea and by the time I have finished it, the craving has gone. Now I am not saying it will work every time, (chocolate has to be had occasionally) but I will give it a go. I should say peppermint tea is my drink of choice, so this isn’t a new thing I am trying. I highly recommend it.
I’m learning going with the flow and making decisions based on my happiness is pretty good. For example, I come home from work and once my jacket is off, I ask myself how I am feeling and what do I want to do to make me happy, I’ve been for a run, I have read my book, I have watched a programme, done some yoga, spent some time snuggling with my cat, Kitkat or have been working on future blogs. I do feel a weight has lifted as I am no longer putting myself under pressure to do x y z when I get home. I’ve still got to eat so I do cook too, which I love.
I’ve been making a point of going out for a walk at lunchtimes, when I’m at work. A lovely brisk 20 minutes, to get some fresh air and move my ass! I like exploring places and although I don’t have a lot of time, I do my best to find nice walks with good scenery, away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh. I often walk with just my own thoughts for company, occasionally listening to music and more recently exploring the world of podcasts! It’s a great way to learn or just listen to some interesting people. I’ve been listening to Liz Earle and recommend them. She discusses a range of topics so I’m sure you will find something to suits you.
I love going out walking, especially in nature when you can watch the birds or see the squirrels jumping over the trees. It’s magical and refreshing and lifts your soul! I would highly recommend it. I know sometimes the warmth of the indoors makes it tempting to sit at your desk for lunch. But the benefits for me make it worth it. I always feel renewed to get on with my day, and feel my shoulders ease and loosen. Go on give it a try! You can even challenge yourself to take a photo of the scenery, something different each day, here are just a few photos from my walks last week. Not very nature-esk but I was up Calton Hill where there are pockets of nature and the scenery is lovely!
Walking for me makes me happy, every time I go out it gives me a lift and when I return I feel happier and ready to get on with the rest of my day.
I’m finding it interesting to hear people talk about the gym, diets, foods they’re avoiding, what exercises they are doing. Have I heard one person say they are really enjoying themselves? No. Have I heard them say how much they want to do it. No. Now I’m sure there are plenty people who enjoy going to the gym and trying out new diets. But the people I’ve heard, have just been saying it is a means to an end. They don’t want to do it, but have to do it to get in shape and lose weight. This year I’m not going to be one of those people, this year it’s my happiness guiding me. If I want to run, I will, I do enjoy it and find it gives me more energy. I love walking as you know and I love yoga too, I’m in no way bendy as I’ve only been doing it a few years, but even I see an improvement in me. These are the exercises I love, I’ve tried the gym but hated it, I don’t really like sports and used to get notes to avoid doing PE in school. So for me I’ve got to enjoy it otherwise I won’t do it.
So I encourage you to find what you like and enjoy and then do it. Don’t force yourself to do something you don’t like cos you feel you should.
Be happy, be yourself and most importantly look after you!
Me on a walk last weekend!