I have my hands into a lot of things and that means a lot of meetings and places to be most days. The days that I don't have anything I find myself not getting ready for the day, sitting in my bed and working on my computer. There were days that I didn't leave my room at all. I am pretty productive on these days, but by the end of 2014 I was noticing that those were the days that by the end of the day I felt a little more down, life was a little hard and I felt a little lonely in life. It wasn't bad, but those were also the days I didn't interact with my kids as much, the house didn't get picked up, blinds didn't get opened and I didn't get some fresh air.
I decided that I would make a point each morning to get ready first thing in the day regardless of what I had going on. I would leave my room and work at the kitchen table or comfortably on the couch with my laptop. It wasn't a big change, but decided it would be good emotionally.
I also decided that when I came downstairs the first thing I would do downstairs is spend 10 - 15 minutes picking up shoes, clothes, garbage, etc. It definitely didn't clean the house, but instead of going straight to my computer and getting things done I made my house a quick priority. With that I would open the blinds and enjoy the gray overcast weather, snow or the sun (whatever it was I was going to enjoy it).
I also decided that when I started feeling tired or got on the phone I would walk around. I would go outside regardless of how cold it was. Just stand on my porch or go for a walk down the driveway. Sometimes it's just for a few minutes, but sometimes it is for 10 - 15 minutes several times a day.
These are just small and simple things, but I am now 14 days into the year and I am amazed at how much better I am feeling emotionally. It's feeling more like a habit and it's easy to do.
I would love to set more lofty goals or set my vision of the things I will get done around my house much more, but one simple step at a time and it doesn't feel overwhelming or hard. It's doable. Even the days I don't feel like I can or want to I think in short time frames and it is much easier.
I believe that each of us can do that one simple thing that can make our lives better and then add one more thing on as we continue each day. It's exciting to see positive progress in our lives and when times get hard we then have something to lean on - the great progress in our lives :).
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