Sometimes life gets the better of us. We get so busy and caught up in things that we lose track of everything it seems. We get so busy, perhaps overwhelmed or jaded that we just mindlessly consume and do forgetting to enjoy life. We get stuck in not so great ruts. A new year is a wake up call. A time to start fresh.A time to disconnect from some things to reconnect to others, to connect with ourselves. A time to work at putting better patterns in place that will enrich life - even when it's crazy and busy.
My bestie and I have been talking at great length about doing a cleanse, purge, reset, daily habit, etc thing for a few weeks and the time has come to start. It won’t just be about eliminating loads of screen time but about adding in things that are so much better for us. WE ARE TAKING A BREAK AND GOING TO RESET! Who wants to join us?!
I will share with you what the issues are and how we are "resetting" ourselves. Anyone who wants to join us should examine their own life and what needs changing up and then plan accordingly. Also be real with yourself: if you have to go all or nothing to make changes than by all means do it. If you find tiny changes are more realistic for you than do that.
Here is where things currently stand with me - aka the issues (and I know Susie is in a pretty similar place):
I'm on my phone all the time. Calls, texts, emails, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, and on it goes. If I’m watching a movie with my husband I might also be browsing the web or scrolling through Instagram. If we're eating dinner, we are both on our phones or computers. First thing in the morning - gotta check in with what everyone else is doing. I need a break. I feel bogged down by it. I feel pressured by the standards of Pinterest and Instagram. I feel discontent with my body, my house, my mothering, my art, my photography skills, etc. etc. etc. I know I’m not alone at all, because I have had many conversations about the love/hate relationship we all have with the internet and social media.
My normally reasonably healthy diet has become three food groups coffee, sugar and butter. I feel gross and my digestion is suffering.
I put off things I want to do - like making art or working out - so often in the day that before I know it I’m in bed and feel like I've wasted my day.
Without further ado here are the four areas we are resetting and what we will be doing in each:
One - Disconnect from screen time: No social media, no mindless web browsing, no iPhone games, no Pinterest, etc. Only work and other necessary uses of screens.
Two - Reset Mental/Emotional health: By eliminating all the time we waste on screens we will free up all this space in our brains. Here is where we begin to add things. For us it will be things like a few lines of gratitude journaling every night, five minutes of meditation and or prayer every day. The reading of some good books.
Three - Reset Physical Activity habits: Making exercise and movement a daily habit. Exercise looks different for every body and what fits into a schedule is different for everyone. Our main goal with the reset isn’t to get super fit or go to the gym every day, although those are good goals. We are more interested in creating a doable daily habit that can be kept up maybe for always. For me that means about a 15 minute daily minimum of yoga or a HIIT workout. If I have time or the desire to do more I will but I will have to get those 15 minutes in.
Four - Reset what we eat: I like pretty clearly defined rules for myself when it comes to what I will and won’t eat. Everyone is different so pick your style. For Susie it will be a strict Whole 30. For me it will be Whole 30 plus oats, rice, honey and a smidge of dark chocolate or coffee here and there. I’m breast feeding and have a hard time eating enough some times so the addition of those things will make it easier for me (also - I've done Whole 30 before and couldn’t handle no sugar at all so I’m making those little exceptions for my own mental health...and I know it will still make a huge difference in my diet). I also want to aim for a handful of greens everyday even if it means in a smoothie because I don’t think I ever eat enough.
The last factor is the addition of some bigger goals or challenges for at least 31 days maybe even longer.
Mine is to sketch every day and finish one painting a week.
Susie’s is to keep a life and home project/goal list, check at least one thing off the list each day, and intentionally learn/do one new thing every week.
Join us if you dare, we can keep each other up to date via email or text. I will make a few more posts with more detailed ideas for fitness and food as we go. Let's do this!