How I make days easier
How many times have you had a day where you look at your watch and wonder how on earth you are going to get through it or when you’ve got things that you have to do but you simply don’t have the energy or the will power? I have days like this all the time and I have certain things I do to make my days just that little bit easier.
Okay, I’ll admit that I’m lucky with this one because I work for myself and can do this whenever I want, but what I really mean is take a break. When life gets too overwhelming, I stop, I walk outside, I make myself a cup of coffee and regroup. If you work for someone else, remember to take a break too.
Go out for dinner
Sometimes (actually a lot of the time) I couldn’t be stuffed cooking. I’m not a meal planner because whenever I’ve ‘planned’ meals I get to the day and don’t at all feel like eating the meal I’ve planned. So anyway, sometimes when I couldn’t be stuffed cooking, we either go out somewhere casual for dinner or we get takeaway. Obviously we’d be broke if we did this every time I didn’t feel like cooking, but when we do do it, it’s certainly a relief and I can RELAX.
I’m still undecided as to whether coffee or red wine is my favourite beverage, but coffee is hands down my favourite daytime drink (I don’t think it’d look good me sipping on wine at home at 11am in the morning…even though it’s probably past 12pm somewhere). I would not be able to function without my coffee. I’ve wondered what my life would be like without coffee, actually I’ve tried, the side effects weren’t good. My coffee of choice is a double shot soy latte. What’s yours?
Get a massage
This is an absolute must for me and something I try to do at least once every couple of months. A foot massage or reflexology is my favourite, for some reason I seem to carry all of my stress in my feet. It’s an immediate release for me. If finances don’t really allow for me to go and get a professional massage, I try sucking up to Mr. G in the hope that he’ll cave in and say yes to a foot massage. I make his dinner so that should get a massage in return, right?
Wine is my weakness. I blame my father for introducing me to the boldness and spiciness of a good red (well that’s how I like my reds anyway). There have been many a day where I’ve made it through but a glass (or two) of wine just makes it that much better.
Forget about the cleaning
I’m not going to go on much about cleaning because I think from my recent posts about ‘embracing the mess’ and ‘mess and unannounced guests‘ you’ll get the idea that I’m happy with mess if it means I can relax and not worry, it’s just not one of my priorities in life. If I were to have a spotless house, I’d be cleaning ALL. THE. TIME. And to me, well that’s just a waste of time and not worth the stress.
I’ve been trying to get myself to read a lot more and not reading on the computer, phone or iPad, I mean reading a book or the newspaper. Reading makes me feel so good because it has an amazing ability to divert my racing mind to something else and when I’m ready to close the book or put the newspaper away, my racing thoughts have magically disappeared and my mind is full of new and wonderful stories and ideas.
Don’t bother with groceries
I always used to do my grocery shopping religiously, the same day every fortnight and then it changed to every week. Well, I just couldn’t maintain that momentum and although I still try to stick to a similar routine, if I just couldn’t be stuffed doing the groceries, I just do a quick top up shop that will last us until I do feel like doing the shopping.
Use the dryer
You may agree that the worst part of doing the laundry is hanging it up on the clothes line, especially when you’ve got endless ‘little peoples’ clothes and the worst, small socks! Every so often when I just couldn’t be stuffed (there’s that phrase again) I chuck it all in the dryer. No, it’s not economical but hey, once every so often isn’t too bad and it’s better for my sanity.
Seriously, this is what I do when I’ve had a pretty average day, it magically makes everything better. Preferably my favourite icecream from Aldi – Triple Chocolate Mudcake. When there’s no ice-cream in the house, that’s bad, real bad. In the case of no ice-cream, I drive up to McDonalds to get a McFlurry…even in my pyjamas. I really don’t care what they think, I’m sure they’ve seen worse, much worse.
What do you do to make it through days that you feel like kicking in the butt? Are you a little bit indulgent like me?
Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT
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