I recently had a week of annual leave from work and found that, on my last day in the office and continuing into my week off, I felt quite anxious and unsettled. As a result I wanted to try out a few new routines to see if they helped with my everyday wellness.
I have only ever attended one yoga class. I really enjoyed it but in general I find it quite hard to find the energy to go to a yoga class when I feel it’s an exercise I could carry out at home seeing as it requires no equipment.
I decided to put my money where my mouth is and try to do some yoga at home, I had no idea where to start as a beginner so I did a little research and came across a great blog post here to try out.
My favourite room in my parents house is the loft extension which is a small, white room that I use as a dressing room. I love it because it feels calm and clear and (ignoring the small cupboard full to the brim with ‘stuff’) minimal. I decided to close the curtains, put my side lamp on, play a Yoga playlist from Spotify and work my way through the 10 poses on the blog post.
It was surprisingly difficult to maintain a few of the poses and while I didn’t necessarily feel as though I’d stretched or worked anything out thoroughly, I was pleased with how I managed and i’m keen to continue the yoga path. If anything it’s a really nice way to focus and calm down.
The Calm App
I’ve just finished the 7 day free trial and i’m uhming and aching over whether to spend the £34.99 for the years subscription.
The Calm app offers music, stories and mindful podcasts to help you manage your sleeplessness, anxiety, stress and other issues that aren’t conducive to positive mental health.
I listened to a couple of stories and also one of the pod casts that were supposed to help you sleep, i’m not sure how helpful they were if i’m honest which is why i’m still not convinced on spending the money.
The app is beautifully designed and a lot of work has clearly gone into creating it so I don’t necessarily think the app isn’t worth the money, I’m just not made of it and I can’t decide if what the app offers isn’t as good as the sounds and music I can listen to on Spotify or the stories I listen to on Audible.
Showering and Tidying
These obviously aren’t new activities in my life, I’d have less friends than I already do if that were the case, but I have discovered that when i’m feeling particularly unsettled I do feel a bit better when I indulge in a long warm shower and a bit of pampering and then tidy my surroundings.
This is quite a revelation for me considering I used to be such an untidy teenager, but when I moved into my flat I noticed I much preferred having an empty, minimalist style bedroom as it made for a more calming environment and i’ve tried my best to carry that on while living at my parents, despite needing to fit more of my life into one room.
To Do Lists
Ever since joining my new job I have been creating to do lists every day because it’s such a busy role and I would forget everything if I didn’t write it down.
In general I write a lost of lists but i’ve found that even on a weekend, writing a note in my phone of a few things I want to do makes me feel a bit more accomplished, even if those things are just ‘hoover the carpets’ and ‘paint my nails’
None of these activities are mind blowing discoveries, you’ll probably find at least two on any blog post with tips on how to calm anxiety, but as i’m only really becoming aware of something that I actually seem to have always had, I do find that I marvel a little, when I discover things that help me out.
I’d love to know if any of the above work for you, or what you do to support your own everyday wellness.