It is officially March and as Spring is looming and we all start to do a great, big, Spring clean I thought I would recap on the New Year, set goals, to do lists, New Years Resolutions and more.
We are 8 weeks into 2019 and by now a lot of people have given up their New Years resolutions and just trying to ‘Wing It’ – nothing wrong with that at all…but I thought I would catch up on and tell you about my past weeks.
My 8 weeks had a great start and then went a bit rocky…weather, child back at school and hormones all kicked in and added with a slice of anxiety – I was a hormonal mess. So what I did was come the end of Jan I went back to my notes and goals and recapped on what I wanted to achieve in 2019. It is hard after Christmas with money being low, seasonal cheer out the window but I am a firm believer that you have to make your own luck and cant expect a great year to fall in your lap.
Here are a few things I did that I did to help me mentally. Everyone is different but just doing these once or twice a week really made me fell different and better. This time of the year is difficult but you can achieve your goals if you stay focused and do the below…
- Took Time Out
When I told my husband I was going to the spa (without him) and he had to look after the kids. He was a little taken back. ‘Ok, how come?’ my response. ‘Cause I want to’ – Something I never do. I booked in a spa appointment the day before, left the house 3 hours before my appointment with a book in my bag and left him too it. I came home feeling amazing, refreshed (having quiet time to myself) and feeling just myself again. It wasn’t about being relaxed and treated. I just wanted some time to myself. 2
2. I Put Myself First
My kids and my family are my life. But there are times I do feel suffocated and just want a cup of coffee on my own. So this year I planned to do some little things for myself. It s fact that when you are on a plane they always say put your oxygen mask on before your children’s. Without you, they are all on their own. So I knew I had to start taking care of myself. I booked in a eye appointment, dental appointment, GP check up and made it a priority to get on track with life. For me, and for my family.
3. I Organised The House
I know it sounds ridiculous but with Mrs Hinch and Marie Condo (if you dont know, what the hell are you doing?) – I went through everything – the kitchen cupboards, the kids wardrobes, the garage, sock drawers. Everything you can imagine. If I didn’t use it in a year it went in the bin. I instantly felt better and one of the things I told people is that I wanted everything off the floor and counters. Everything had to be up and away. I love the results and I love how it makes me feel. I brought lots of boxes, containers, shelves and organised my life.
4. I Made Sure We Had More Date Nights
It is always something I concentrate on. Having time to ourselves is rare with work, play dates, after school clubs etc. So I always book something in, just me and my husband. Can be big or small but it always counts and makes us feel great. January is my birthday – we normally go away for the weekend but this time I decided on the theater – I love it, and don’t go enough. Normally we try to do something once a month.
5. Booked In Time With Loved Ones
This was so important. One of my NY resolutions was and is to make more effort with the ones I love. So I booked in lots of slots to make sure I saw people. So many great memories have already been made and we are only in March. I highly recommend you do this, just sending a text to someone to say hello works a treat too.
6. Read, Lots
When I have a lot on, reading really relaxes me. I made a conscious effort to read more, different books and fun authors too and not just to follow the trends on social media. Which I have done before. Its a great way for me to switch off relax and just not sweat the small stuff.
7. Spent Money On Myself
I know, a weird one. But all mothers know you spend all your money on kids. Clothes, accessories, books, bags and everything in between. So I thought I am going to treat myself to this and I go by the rule of one thing a month. Can be a new shampoo, dress, shoes, book or even lipstick. One thing a month is not going to break the bank and when you get it and try it on you feel like a new woman. I want my kids to see me happy and not always as the strict parent who is always giving out rules. Showing them I have a personality and dress nice, or do my hair differently lets them see the person I am. Not just the mum their know.
8. Went For More Walks
Its is true that when in doubt go for a walk. I made sure I did as much as I could with the boys and the family outside. With the weather being good. I.e. Not raining – the fresh air does wonders for everyone.
9. Did Fun & New Things With The Kids
Yes, I am one of those mums. I am creative and love to do new things. My kids are my life and when I was younger I did sod all so I am that mum that goes one and over for my kids. Small things, affordable and different. Because, well I care and I can. We went to Mini City, a SuperHero arts and crafts morning, Bus adventure, coffee shops, park, cinema, swimming and more.
10. Booked Something Exciting…
Well if you know me you know I like to plan in advance. So I have booked a few sneaky trips here and there to have something to look forward. But the next big thing is my husband’s birthday. One thing I love is booking surprises. They are something to look forward to when you are feeling down. Its a little pick me up and who doesn’t love those…?
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