I’m happy to be thinking out loud today. I’ve been really struggling with finding routine in my life, especially now that I’m less than a month away from finishing my master’s studies. Every day is different and largely unstructured, and I’m quite possibly coming into a period of unemployment. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH MY LIFE, I mean self.. ok, maybe both.
I’ve taken the opportunity that the new year brings to reassess and start some new habits to hopefully get some sort of routine back. Through some trial and error (I like the ‘lets throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks’ method) I found a few routines and rituals that seem to bring some order back to my life. I hope that sharing what’s been working for me will help you if you’re struggling to get out of a rut!
Face Mask Sunday.
Face Mask Sunday has seriously has been a life changer. It’s fun to take 10 minutes to myself once a week to put on a face mask and just hang out. PLUS I get to work on using up the 400 face masks I buy and never use that are stashed under my bathroom sink (I can’t be the only one with this problem). With a catchy name it was easy to make it part of my weekly routine.
Here in Winnipeg we just got out of a stretch of REALLY cold weather. It was so cold that exposed skin would freeze in 10 minutes. Why I live here I’ll never know…BUT as you can imagine this weather made me not want to go outside. Once the weather got warmer I made a point of getting outside at least once a week. I can make a nice 5km trip to a nearby park and back. There are a ton of trails within the park to explore by ski, walk, or run, that I’ll never get bored. Planning our summer camping trips also helps #alwaysadreamer
With this whole writing a thesis thing I also stopped exercising. Every moment that I wasn’t sleeping or taking a shower I was writing my thesis. This didn’t leave me much time to walk to the mail box, never mind make it to the gym. Lately I’ve had a little more freedom and once I remembered “Hey I used to exercise!” I finally made it to my favourite BodyPump class at GoodLife Fitness. I was sore for 5 days but it was worth it and I can’t wait to make it a weekly date with myself.
I forgot how much I love cooking! This statement sounds completely ridiculous, but we got into a good groove of eating the same meals over and over again in our house. I really didn’t have the brain capacity to be creative in the kitchen. Since then I’ve been experimenting with a few new dishes and consistently meal planning every week to keep a solid routine.
Disclaimer: This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.