Yesterday was International Happiness Day, and the blogging world was flooded with articles, images and quotes of achieving happiness.
Even without a specifically dedicated day, it’s a prominent topic. There seems to be have been a conscious movement over the last few years that focus on the ideas on mindfulness, self-care, motivation and happiness, which may be partially reactionary to the turbulent times within society, or the fact that many are beginning to realise that there is more to life than a soul-destroying 9-5.
I have been one of those people, making seemingly risky changes as soon as the opportunity presented itself, and the last 18 months have been challenging, exciting and a huge learning process – perhaps the biggest one of my life. 2016 was an epic roller coaster of amazing experiences, new connections with friends and visiting places that I had only ever dreamed of before, and as the bells of Big Ben rang to symbolise the beginning of a new year I could honestly look back at the previous 12 months and say that I had achieved true happiness.
However, as 2017 has settled in, I have followed suit. I’m much more comfortable with my routine and unfortunately over the last few months it has become apparent that my ‘settling in’ to my new lifestyle has turned into slobbing about. While I used to venture out to new places almost on a weekly basis last year, now I seem to have adopted my inner hermit. I’m not leaving the house much, and have slowly fallen back into the unhealthy physical and mental habits when I was unhappy.
Of course, I’m having to be much more careful with my finances because of the upcoming wedding and honeymoon that needs paying for, but this shouldn’t be an excuse. As a base, what needs to happen is a carefully crafted healthy eating, fitness and finance checklist that I can follow daily, in the same way that I religiously work through my blogging checklist each morning. I can do this myself…
…but here’s where I need your help.
For April, I know that my supply work is minimal, so it is the perfect opportunity to really start working on self-improvement and more regular blogging. However, I really want some ideas of free things that I can do during the day that will improve my mind, fitness and experiences, and will involve me leaving the house. My own list, combined with your ideas will hopefully give me plenty of things to push myself to do, and as a result, get myself back to the positive mental and physical health of last year…
So, you lovely people… Help Suzie stop being a hermit! Feel free to leave any suggestions on the comments!
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