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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Learning to Live a Happier Life | The White Company

I feel like since the start of January, I've been a lot more focused and motivated on what I'm currently working on. Be it the gym or with work tasks, I feel like I'm getting lots of things done without purposely putting the rotten jobs aside. I'm a huge believer of New Years resolutions as they simply give me the chance to start something fresh and begin as I mean to go on. 

One of my resolutions has been to get myself a personal trainer which thanks to Santa - I have already had my first session! Since Jan 1st I have religiously committed myself to going to the gym without moaning or trying to get out of it. I use to go to the gym quite a lot so within 2 weeks, I have already noticed a change in my body as well as gaining a more positive outlook. Working out releases so many of those happy endorphins which makes exercising so much more rewarding. Now when I go to the gym, I'm feeling a lot more positive and motivated to work even harder than I did the day before. Tip: I've started to log down every single thing I do at the gym. This may include the number of minutes I've been on the treadmill with the amount of calories I burnt. Or the amount of reps & sets I've done with a certain weight. I do this so that I have something to compare with after every session. It's a great way of tracking your goals & beating your personal best.

Cutting out Bad Foods
Before the New Year, I was eating twice as much bad foods than I ever have done. It honestly felt like I was stocking up for hibernation with the food and portions I was having! Recently I've dropped out bad or even unnecessary meals that I would of had otherwise. Don't get me wrong, I love a can of coke and was having one every day with my lunch. Now I'm just opting for a more healthy choice. If the struggle is real and one day I want a can of fizzy drink, I'm not going to beat myself up about it and yeah, I'll just have it. If I don't, I'll only end up raiding the fridge when I get home. In addition to this, I would of easily had a few takeaways a week which always left me feeling so stodgy. So boom, that's gone!

Making Lists
Vital! I'm always making lists and reminders of things to do so that I don't forget. If I fall out of this routine, I find myself completely loosing track of what I've done or what needs doing. Not only this, I find it very rewarding when you can finally tick off your jobs once they're complete! I'm addicted to using the Reminders App on my phone at the moment. You can use it to create different lists such as personal ones, work tasks, social reminders, literally anything! Oh and of course, it's colour coordinated ;)

I've never been a fan of reading up until a few years ago. Having to read to my teacher in school would of ruined my day! About 2 years back, my Nan was sharing with me the story line to this book she was reading. Well, that was it - I was hooked. I can finally say at the age of 20 that I've read a book! For Christmas my Mum & Dad bought me a Kindle which I love! I've downloaded 'The Secret' which I'm just getting into so I'll give you an update on how that goes. Now I find reading very relaxing and therapeutic. It gives me a chance to just unwind and get my teeth suck into a good story line. 

This is something I'm currently working on as I don't cope with it very well. I always find myself working or blogging or doing something unsociable to the point where I don't have quality time with my friends, family or Sam. I'm trying to improve on my time management and give myself a 'home time' where I can switch everything off and just relax. I'm always so caught up on the fact that if I don't do anything then things don't get done. It's in working progress and I'm sure sooner or later I'll overcome it!

These are the 5 key things which - if they go well, they help me to have a much more positive outlook on everything. Exercising is the biggest thing for me and once I'm in the routine of it I feel so much happier and confident in myself. Learning to live a happier life is so important. Especially after the rush and chaos of December, now is the perfect time to unwind and think about the things in life that make you happy :)

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