ProperFoodie (aka Debbie) and I were chatting about how many counterproductive habits we have in our lives. Both of us are sensitive sleepers and suffer regularly from bad night sleeps. And the days after a bad night’s sleep are so miserable and unproductive. However secretly we know we are contributing to our own insomnia. Both of us are guilty of jabbing away at our social medias on our phones all evening, then even in bed. And personally I know that the routine of thoughtless glasses of wine in front of the telly are not helping me unwind before I sleep.
So we got thinking, we both want to improve our own well being – we want to be more relaxed, to have more creative head space to be able think of great ideas for our blogs, we want to sleep better and be fitter and healthier, but we don’t want any changes to feel punitive. Going cold turkey on a habit can backfire.
But what if we chose one easy new habit to try and nurture over the course of a week. To gently try this new habit and observe if it helped us feel better? Debbie is very keen to try doing yoga every day for a week. Even if she only does it for ten minutes a day, she’s curious to know how it might effect her sense of well being. In my case, my social media obsession is out of control. I feel like I need to monitor my channels every ten minutes in order to respond to any comments or questions. But what if I had designated social media times during the day? They would need to be regular, because it’s my job. But even if I behaved more deliberately and mindfully around social media it could help me be less stressed.
We had a good brainstorm and came up with a list of 6 new healthy habits to introduce. We could trial one out a week and report back on the blog on our thoughts and observations.
Here’s my list:
- Week one: meditate once a day for at least ten minutes.
- Week two: all drinks must be water, herbal tea or hot lemon as normally I drink too much decaff coffee and diet squash. Although I’m allowed a little alcohol – I’m not a saint!
- Week three: apply Marie Kondo’s Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying to my home for 15 minutes a day – this will hopefully help me achieve a more streamlined and relaxing living and working environment.
- Week four: phone curfew – turn it off at 8pm until 7 in the morning.
- Week five: Use social media mindfully and sparingly. I will be strict and will journal my experience.
- Week six: no television after 9pm for a week.
And here’s Debbie’s:
You can also keep track of Debbie’s progress by checking her blog at ProperFoodie.com
- Week one: I learned about the bullet journal off a blogging friend Kat and I decided it would be a neat way of organising my time. I will set time aside each night, to firstly understand how the bullet journal works and then to set out my plans and tasks for the next few months.
- Week two: Slow cooker teas to save time at night: First of all I need to buy a slow cooker and then use it every week night, so that tea is ready and waiting when we get in.
- Week three: Ten minutes of Yoga each day: I think exercise is a really important one, because with the right type of exercise and with the time to “zone out” I find that I feel less stressed and more creative.
- Week four: Alcohol cut: I know how easy it is to get in from work and open a bottle of red. But I also know that even the smallest amount of wine is probably affecting my sleep and the way I feel the next day. So no alcohol from Monday to Sunday.
- Week five: Set time of one hour of “jobbing” when I get in from work: I would love to have more me-time (or blogging time) during the week. However, I get in from work and find all sorts to do. So I want to limit this “jobbing time” to an hour after I get in. So any housework, preparing tea, and preparing lunch for the next day etc. – it all needs to be done so that the rest of the night is mine.
- Week six: Hydration levels: I have a sneaky suspicion that not being as hydrated as I should be, affects my productivity, my energy levels, my skin, my general attitude and range of other things. So for a whole week I want to aim to drink 1.5 litres of water each day and also cut out any diuretics (caffeine and alcohol) – so this is a step up from my no alcohol week, and hopefully a great one to finish with.
Watch this space, we’ll let you know how we get on. And if you’d like to join us, get stuck in and let us know what challenges you’ve set yourself and how you’re finding it.