Well, first of all, it has been ages since the last time I’ve posted! I’m not proud of myself, but the work has been crazy, and I was quite busy, and oh, the time flies! Is it me, or February only lasted like five days, and then, all of a sudden, we’re almost in the middle of March? This is quite good because I can’t wait for Spring and warmer days, but on the other hand, it makes me sad, because I feel like I’ve wasted so much time being utterly unproductive (just look at my blogging pattern)!
It’s really complicated.
Luckily, what matters now is that I’m back, and it feels so good!
And what helped me regain my motivation? I wanted to share with you some little things- or rituals- that I find very helpful. For me, knowing that you’re doing something for your own well-being, even if for now those are just baby steps, may seriously improve your mood. So that’s what I’m trying to do every day. Well, maybe it’s not a routine yet, but I’m sure I’m going in a good direction.
WARM LEMON WATER
Well, that’s quite an old trick, and I’m sure we are all aware of its benefits, such as cleansing and detoxifying the skin and body. It took me a while, but now I genuinely enjoy its taste. I try to drink it first thing in the morning as it boosts my energy and helps me wake up properly (well, I still need coffee, but after drinking my lemon water I’m much more aware of the fact that I’m making coffee :D). Plus, knowing that I’m doing something good for my body lifts my mood, which is also a big pro. I’m always drinking it warm, but not too warm because I’ve read that it shouldn’t be boiling water as high temperature destroys vitamin C.
MAKING SALADS (ON A DAILY BASIS)
I’ve always loved salads in all shapes and forms, but it wasn’t something that I’d prepare regularly- and I can’t tell you why (but mostly because I am a really lazy person). But recently I found a way to kick it. Back in November, when I was spending a weekend at my aunt’s house in Italy, I’ve asked her how come her salads are so good. „What is your secret?” „Well, so, I added salt…”, she answered, and though it seemed a bit funny, that was it. Some green leaves. Olive oil. Salt. Some pepper, oregano, or other herbs, optionally. And ever since, when I’m working late or I don’t have time to scrub and chop veggies, I’m just buying a bag of salad in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, or wherever. One of my current favorites is rocket salad with some baby leaves, olive oil, salt, Parmiggiano cheese (rather than buying a grated one, I just cut it into really tiny slices myself), and a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice. It’s absolutely amazing, tastes like Italy, and it takes literally 5 minutes to prepare it.
Honestly, I’m not the fittest of them all. I’ve been to the gym twice (but I keep promising myself that next month I’m going to join, like really). But at some point, I’ve felt that I had to do something, just to improve my health and general well-being. I’ve decided to start with something quite simple, such as 20 or 30 minutes of youtube workouts. Right now I’m really into Cassey Ho’s channel, blogilates, and Keaira LaShae dancing workouts. And seriously, even if it’s only twenty minutes of exercising, it makes me feel so much better afterward. I also try to make those baby steps, such as walking to the underground station instead of taking a bus (it’s like three or four bus stops). So yeah, I don’t run, or squat, or lift. To be honest, I guess what is my thing would be dancing, as I do love it with all my heart and I used to dance quite a lot when I was younger. So even jumping like crazy to some music makes me happy. You should see me rocking to Wild ones.
I can’t lie, the wilds don’t lie!
SAY GOODBYE TO (MOST OF) READY MEALS
Or, to put it simply, make lunch rather than buy one. For many months I refused to spend some time and prepare my lunch earlier. Why should I? I could always go to one of many supermarkets, as they have plenty of sandwiches and salads. But I came to the point when I literally had enough, and I couldn’t stand them anymore. So it started, slowly but surely. First, I started to make some more pasta or rice, or whatever I was doing, and pack a half for the next day. Later I started planning on what I could cook for my next day’s lunch. And if I don’t feel like cooking (what happens surprisingly more often than one would expect), I make sandwiches. Butter, some lettuce, cheese, tomato or pepper (and bread, of course). Nothing fancy, really. But, then again, it makes a massive difference. I feel better when I eat something that I made myself, even if it’s a simple sandwich. Plus, it saves me a hell lot of money.
STAY INSPIRED BUT STOP WASTING TIME ONLINE
And what hides behind that enigmatic headline? Here, let me explain. I can’t remember how many times I caught myself thoughtlessly staring at the sites I don’t even enjoy anymore just because it was something I was used to. I was wasting so much time on stuff that gave me absolutely nothing, it’s quite sad. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about those little guilty pleasures, but at some point, I’ve asked myself, do I really need to know all the gossips about all the celebrities (that I don’t even know what are they famous for)? Do I really need to read every single story or comment, even if it’s regarding something that is not even that interesting for me? Well, it may come as shocking (to myself, mostly), but no. I wasn’t learning, I wasn’t improving, I was just wasting my time.
On the other hand, things like Instagram, other blogs, or weheartit give me massive boosts and help me to stay inspired and motivated. Sometimes I think that I should start using Pinterest, but I’m a bit afraid of trying, because, knowing myself, it may suck me in completely, and you will never see me again!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed it, and have a lovely week! ❤
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