When I gave up my ‘desk job’ I immediately thought that my new life is going to no doubt, be healthier. All that fresh air and running around the countryside – compared to commuting and sitting down all day. Of course, I was right, my life is alot more active that it used to be. Sure, I used to go to the gym each week, but nothing really compares to a career where you are physically ‘on-the-go’ all the time. What I neglected to think about was that ‘healthy’ spans alot wider than just physical wellbeing.
Getting through this year to date has been a struggle. Enduring devastating news at the end of last year teamed with less than ideal farming conditions have not made for a good few months. I’d say I’ve always been a quite sunny person – I’ve been lucky enough to never suffer with depression or any other awful mental illnesses. That being said, I have had to work a hell of alot harder on my own personal happiness over the past few months, weeks, days and I’d like to share whats helped.
I listen to them when I’m feeding lambs and sorting out the barn – or last thing at night in the bath. Faves include:
Writing down everything that is worrying me at night.
I suppose it kind of acts like a to do list for the following day too. I usually split it out into different areas (ie. Farm stuff, Admin, House etc).
Walking the dogs before dinner.
Even if they have all been out all day and don’t need a walk – just taking the time to make the most of the fields where we live.
Setting goals each day.
Not even massive ones, for example – clearing an area of the house (like a cupboard).
Trying to ban myself from looking at my phone in bed.
This is a toughy, but I really am going to try and stick to it.
Drinking more water and adding stuff to my diet rather than ‘taking away’.
Like basically saying to myself – you can eat anything you want – as long as you a certain amount of fruit and veg.
Taking the time each day to list out in my mind what I am grateful for.
Remembering that ‘everything is fixable’.
And to trying not to get too stressed out if something is going wrong.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this and you find it useful – if you have anything that helps you stay cheerful, feel free to let me know, I would love to hear from you as usual!