So April is upon us.
There’s something about April. You know that feeling everyone gets when the clock strikes midnight on new year, and we all start confidently listing new routines, and better choices we are ‘definitely’ going to be making. Well April kind of has that effect on me. I love spring and the start of some lighter, happier days, so I literally do have, a spring in my step.
Here are a few things I have been doing this month, that have made me noticeably happier.
Organising your spring wardrobe
Since knee surgery, I am still rocking about like it’s 1998 when sporty Spice was a fashion icon. So I thought I would begin to organise my wardrobe, out with the old and buy myself some spring staples. A bit of retail therapy is good for the soul. I am loving baskets bags, anything yellow (bring on the sunshine,) cute blouses, and tan sandals. (Ok there’s a lot of wishful thinking that spring will be warm.) But If you haven’t already, treat yourself to a new spring item.
You deserve it right.
It may seem like nothing, but buying some daffodils or tulips on the weekly shop, and placing them on the kitchen window makes me feel happier. And who doesn’t like flowers.
Ok maybe I was meant to start this in January, but I didn’t. Instead I sat on the sofa seeing how many biscuits I could eat in 8 weeks, (I did well.) So I am starting now.
I recently completed the, “21 days to break a habit,” banning biscuits, chocolate and cake (crying silently onto key board.) And it is true what they say, 21 days in, and I was bypassing Jaffa cakes, and heading for an orange for a snack. And I’m feeling great for it. Give it a go. 21 day challenge.
April is all about healthy eating for me. Goodbye Cakes.
It’s difficult to find the motivation to exercise after 8 weeks of sitting on your backside recovering from surgery, the only exercise I had been doing was lifting the TV remote. But now I am able to stand up for short periods of time, I have no excuse. So I have tried to fill my week with activities to feel good. I bought some boxing gloves and pads, to practise in the living room with the boyf. I joined a really quiet gym round the corner from me, and started some soft gentle swimming pool exercises for the knee. Feeling good. So if like me you didn’t start in January, April is the one.
Listening to Podcasts more.
I have talked before about morning routine effecting the mood you hold for the rest of the day The good, The bad & The ugly…. I have just started listening to Fearne Cottons new podcast ‘Happy Place.’ Fearne interviews people In the public eye, to find out their secret to staying happy and basically keeping their shit together. I loved the Dawn French and Stephen Fry one. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting a calming start to the day, or morning drive to work.
I was walking through Debenhams yesterday, when I was asked by a very cheery lady, with glowing skin, wearing the brightest shade of red lipstick I have ever seen….. if I needed a face mask that smelt of coconuts and hydrates the face ? …….Errrr YEAH I do !! It’s called GLOW -CO-NUTS, by Origins, and it smells like a dream, and does exactly what it says on the tin. I am so glad I invested.
We all know any kind of recovery can make you feel like a slow, sluggish, mess. So now my spirits have lifted I am making sure I am doing a little extra with my beauty regime . I face mask , paint my nails, put on some aromatherapy burners and listen to music once a week and it’s been great for a little self care and distraction.
Choosing happier TV choices.
Don’t get me wrong, If I see the title, ‘ worlds worst serial killers,’ pop up on my TV, I’m pressing series link !! I love anything crime related, the darker the better. But seeing as recovery from surgery has been a bit of an emotional ride, and I am starting to feel more human, and positive again, I would like to keep it that way. So for anyone else who feels like they have been living in a dark cave for a while, and are wanting to feel a little brighter, I’d definitely recommend looking at your TV show choices.
I’d recommend the series ‘LOVE’ on Netflix, its cool, easy to watch, and funny mostly. Which makes it perfect feel good TV.
‘Queer eye, for the straight guy’ This is so uplifting you’ll forget why you were even in a mood, after watching one episode.
What are you watching that makes you happier ?!
Watching the sunset.
The days are getting lighter and the sunsets are more beautiful. I have taken time to slow down, enjoy the little things, watching the sunset and feel grateful for my day.
April – You’re the best x