Turn and face the strange
Don’t want to be a richer man
Turn and face the strange
There’s gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
Apologies for the random Bowie Tangent Hello my loves I hope you are all well. Did you see my shopping haul on Thursday? If not I will leave the link here for you to see what goodies I got!
This post is a little different but I thought that I would share with you some changes I either have made, am currently making or want to make to my lifestyle and routine. I have put it in the changed category if I have already made this change for 3 weeks or more. If it is less than 3 weeks it is in the currently changing category as I feel you need to leave it a few weeks to see whether it has actually made any real difference, lastly fairly self explanatory there are things I haven’t yet changed that I want to by the end of the year and will require some help and recommendations from you guys!!
So things I have already Changed
Workout routine I used to workout at night, when I say workout at night I mean I would workout on a Monday night and then that was that. I also had got stuck in a rut doing workouts that I just didn’t like so I could easily talk myself out of not working out! So I had a look on Youtube and I found a 10 minute morning yoga and a 10 minute morning workout video (20minutes in total) and I have been doing this every morning and I feel brilliant! It really sets you up for the day and its nothing too strenuous I actually wake up looking forward to doing my workout!
Sleep. I have a messed up sleeping pattern as it is with my illness and I never get a decent rested nights sleep BUT I have made some changes to my night time routine that I am hoping will actually be doing some good internally even if I wont ever feel the benefits! I turn off the TV my laptop tablet and phone at 9pm I then put my salt lamp on, read a few chapters of my book and attempt to stop reading and be ready to go to sleep at 10pm.
Reusable items. So I already have and use reusable bags when shopping. I have invested in a water bottle, a ceramic travel mug, steel straws and I want to get some cutlery to have in my bag at all times. This is in an attempt to stop the overproduction of unnecessary plastic that is ruining our planet particularly our oceans. I also don’t use as much kitchen towel, cling wrap, kitchen foil as I used to as it is so unnecessarily wasteful
Social Media. I have deleted Facebook, messenger and Instagram off of my phone I don’t want to be accessible 24/7! All I found myself doing is at every little opportunity i’d be scrolling through my news feed and it was so unhealthy! I have also logged myself out of Facebook and I check Instagram once in the morning and once in the evening when I have posted a photo. I have also deleted twitter. I feel SO much better for this!!
Things I am currently changing
No phone/tablet/laptop in the bedroom. I watched ironically a Youtube video on my phone about a guy that gets up at 5:30 am and in talking through why and what he does etc he said about the benefits of leaving all his electrical items outside of the bedroom. He turns his phone off and doesn’t turn it on until 3 hours after he wakes up! So I have managed to keep my phone tablet and laptop out of my bedroom for 10 days now, I wake up at 7:30 and I don’t check my phone until 9 am. Since I deleted all my social media apps there really is no need to constantly check my phone!! I then at 9 am turn it onto ringer so I will hear it if it goes off again eliminating the need to keep checking it and I then turn it back to silent at 9 pm when I go to bed.
Mindfullness. I love the calm app its free to download and has free meditation walk through’s and it is just a super helpful app. However now that I am keeping away from my phone I need to put into practice everything that I have learnt through using the app to truly practice mindfullness and be in the moment with myself.
Sustainable Food. I am trying to eat less meat and less processed items. I don’t know as I could go full vegetarian I guess if I tried hard enough I could but I am more conscious of food waste and sourcing products in a friendly sustainable way.
Vitamins. I have an immune deficiency disorder so my immune system is……well zero I don’t have one haha. So I have decided to be adult and start taking vitamins to give my body a fighting chance when germs come calling!!
Things I want to change
Sustainable fashion. You know that I already love a good charity shop bargain however there are still some shops that I purchase from that are in the fast fashion industry (mainly primark) I also want to look at the way that I shop, I don’t just buy things because they are cheap but there are certainly pieces that I buy that I could do without i:e things that are similar to items I already own. So I need to start looking into the way I shop.
A cruelty free Makeup bag, lotions&potions and household products. I was horrified to read a list of companies that still test on animals I mean its 2018 for goodness sake!! I went through my make up bag and cosmetics and thankfully only a few items that I purchased are from companies that test on animals some companies really surprised me!! By December this year I want to only have items that don’t use animal testing so if you have any suggestions for me please please please leave them in the comments!!
Composting. I have a mini compost bin but I want to upgrade to a larger composting pile to use on my vegetables and flowers.
Reducing my Carbon footprint. I just think we need to start as a whole looking after our beautiful planet. I know there’s conflicts and wars and poverty and daily struggles but this is the only planet we’ve got and there are animals, wildlife and younger generations that are relying on us to get our shit together and start making changes!! I don’t need to drive 5 minutes up the road to the shops. I can walk to so many places from my house!! I also don’t need to have all the lights on in my house or use my tumble dryer in summer just there are so many small changes everyone can make to start looking after this planet.
So there we go maybe its because I reached a milestone this year and I’m becoming more reflective and conscious of my choices but I feel very positive about everything I have changed and everything that I want to change so yeah that is all for today my loves 🙂