Hello from Eat Pray Workout!
Hey there One Crafty Mumma fans! I’m Amy, founder and blogger at Eat Pray Workout. At EPW I aim to inspire and encourage people to live a balanced lifestyle filled with friends, fun, nourishing food and fitness. These topics are interweaved with my honest daily encounters of my life with a goal to seek the blessings in every situation.
Today we’re going to explore getting past those days when we feel our ship is sinking and we’re going down with it. The days where you can’t handle any more and you just want to run away or hide under your pillow until the storm passes. Sometimes the storm we see is a mere sun shower to someone else but that doesn’t matter – it is big to you at the time and it’s important you know how to deal with these days/months/years. How can you keep going with life, work and family?
Whilst I am by no means a health professional, I have certainly learnt a lot from my 6 years of study at uni, getting married at 21 and moving 1000km from my family and friends. So listen up, I’ve got ten tips to share with you!
1. Make a morning routine – I am fully convinced that routine & habits can save lives. Your morning routine may include exercise, reading your bible, prayer or meditation, yoga or stretching, making breakfast, getting the kids lunch ready, watering the garden, making a to do list.
2. Make a checklist of what you need to do –
- Write a list in the morning. I find a list works best for me in the morning when I am fresh, clear minded and have a whole day ahead of me. Although sometimes these can become a source of anxiety rather than help. If that’s the case, then to hell with the list, and move onto tip 3.
- Prioritise the list– once you have your list – number it 1 being most important.
- Add timings to the list – give yourself a realistic estimate on the time each task will take and assign a time that you will do that task. I recommend starting with the hard/boring but still high priority jobs (small perfectionist jobs like spot cleaning the walls or organising the linen cupboard do not count unless it is a big spring clean!). If you’re cleaning – put music on to take your mind off the boredom. If you’re really enthusiastic you can even set a timer on your phone to challenge yourself to finish the job by a certain time. Before you know it, it will be 10am and your monster job is done and you will be on your way to feeling on top of the world!
I’ve made my readers a daily wellness planner to help them with this, if you would like a copy just subscribe to my posts here and I’ll email it to you!
3. Make a list of 10 activities that you enjoy – activities ranging from 5 minutes to two hours and try to fit one of these things in each day.
Eg. walking, doing nails, shopping, coffee shop, listening to music, cooking, make a spice mix from scratch, read a book, working on a craft project, watching a movie, straightening your hair, reading a blog, cup of tea on the balcony, give yourself a facial.
Now I know you are thinking – one a day – this woman doesn’t have kids. You’re right, I don’t. When I do however, I want you to remind me of this technique because as well as Mothers, you are individuals that need to be looked after. You can spare yourself 5 minutes in a day to prevent yourself from crashing and burning. Think about it this way – what good are you to your kids, husband, employer if you’re an unhappy, unmotivated grump? Avoid that by looking after yourself.
4. Become friends with yourself. Self-talk is powerful. Write a statement of positivity about your life, mind and body and state it aloud in the mirror each morning. Sounds crazy but I promise it works. Psychologists refer to this as a part of cognitive behavioural therapy. Essentially you are creating new thought habits for yourself. Get rid of those ‘I will never be good enough’ thoughts. Remind yourself of who you are, what you do and why you believe that is, in fact, good enough.
5. Walk as often as you can – Walking is easy and super beneficial for your mind and body. Don’t allow your list of things to do interrupt the joy you experience (this can be hard work and requires you to be aware of your thoughts until you get used to it).
Continue reading the next 5 tips on my blog!