The last 3 months have certainly been far from any of the plans we had. Our plans have just been put on hold for a little while (and hopefully not too much longer).
My lifestyle changed overnight and I don’t have a regular routine at the moment. I’m traveling for work again which has added to the disruption. Just last week, I spent Saturday night at my parents-in-laws’ home in Sydney, Sunday night at our apartment in Sydney, Monday night at a hotel in Auckland, Tuesday night at a hotel in Brisbane and Wednesday to Saturday at my parents’ home in Brisbane before flying out on Sunday back to Sydney. It’s actually been kind of fun and whirlwind but I miss our regular routine at home a lot.
There have been a few things that have kept me grounded during this time which are:
- Meditating every morning. I set my alarm clock 10-15 minutes before I need to start getting ready regardless of which Timezone I’m in so that I can meditate.
- Exercise at least every second day. This is limited to Pilates, walking and at-home workouts at the moment. Sometimes I’ll try a new Barre or Pilates class in a different location which has been fun. It makes me feel like I’m on holidays!
- Eating an unhealthy treat once or twice a week. I eat healthily on most days but it’s nice to eat a piece of chocolate or a packet of chips once a week or so, just to treat myself to surviving the disruption .
- Tea all day. Because tea helps with any situation really. I switch to herbal teas from about 6pm onwards which helps me to sleep better.
- Speaking to girlfriends: whatsapp chats, sushi dinners, burgers and fashion shows, brunches and text messages with lots of giggles and perspective… I’m lucky to have friends who give me perspective.
- Watching YouTube. I tend to watch things rather than read when work is busy (because I read and write all day). So there’s nothing more relaxing than watching vlog by Niomi Smart, Venetia Falconer, the Real Leyla, Mimi Ikonn, Healthnut Nutrition or Pick Up Limes.
- Journaling. Maybe once a week. It’s helping to sort everything out in my mind, set some mini goals (fitness or eating healthily) for myself and keep me calm and happy.
- And last but not least, a husband and parents who keep you grounded and make you feel safe and remind you that nothing is forever. It’s all temporary.