Starting a new career as a home-based freelance writer and editor has given me a wonderful opportunity to create new habits for myself along with the lifestyle changes. I am taking full advantage of the situation! My physical and mental health suffered while I was working at a job I was unhappy at, so these are some of the new habits I am instilling into my daily life:
1) Regular exercise. I have recently received a gym membership to GoodLife, which is super awesome, so I am making good use of it. I love attending gym classes like Body Combat, and I’ve even gotten into Spinning! Of course, last week I definitely had to take a few days off of exercise after my first Body Combat class (might have overdone it a little. In the I-feel-[good-but-intense]pain-in-places-I-didn’t-even-know-I-had-muscles sort of way), but I still got some movement into my day by going for walks. Now that I’ve recovered from that intense workout, I’m back to the gym every couple of days, and running with Mr Science on alternate days. It’s so nice to do more than just walking and lifting the occasional light weights! My body loves it.
2) Balanced eating. Disordered eating is a strange thing to deal with. I want so badly to eat high-raw and go on three-day green smoothie cleanses and that sort of thing, but I think that I’m finally realizing that regardless of what that does for my body, my mind does not do so well on it. So my new habit with regards to nutrition is to eat a balanced diet. What a concept! I’m listening to my body and mind to understand what they want. Correspondingly, I’m eating better now than I was a few months ago. It’s refreshing: it puts my mind at ease, and my body likes it too.
3) Focusing on self-care. One of the most important lessons I learned from being unhappy in my work, and working hard hours, was the value of self-care. Exercise and eating well are of course components of self-care, but there are other pieces too that can be super helpful. For me, regular acupuncture sessions are a big luxury. Dry-brushing first thing in the morning sets me up for the day. Taking breaks in the afternoon feels great. By focusing on self-care, I’m actually more productive, happier, healthier, and (I think) a better person in general. “Self-care” means something different for everyone, but acupuncture, dry-brushing, and afternoon breaks are what work well for me.
4) Cleaning and tidying in the evening and in the morning. When I was working at the office, I was too tired to clean and tidy at home during the week. The place would become a mess. The bed wouldn’t get made. The dishes piled up. Now that I work from home, I’m much more cognizant that what happens in my surroundings affects me. So I do some cleaning and tidying before going to bed at night, and first thing in the morning, before I start working, I do another load of dishes, make the bed, and straighten up. It takes very little time since I am now keeping on top of things, and this new habit is making me very happy!