You may or may not know this about me, but I’m a creature of habit. Though I certainly like adventure, new challenges, and even doing the unexpected (like deciding to cut 10″ off my hair in a matter of 15 minutes), when it’s all said and done I love repetition. I love drinking the same tea each morning, eating the same meal at a favorite restaurant, buying the same groceries, and doing the same activities after work each week. There is something peaceful and comforting for me within the walls of a comfy routine.
But the past two weeks put me on such a whirlwind of activity that I found my routine destroyed and my anxiety level on high. I felt overwhelmed and took a much needed two day break from work and other obligations this weekend. As my mind began to clear yesterday on a walk to Navy Pier, I found a bit of uneasiness knowing I’d be returning to work this morning. Since the past two weeks were crazy-busy, I didn’t want to face similar pressures for the next five days. And in general, my enthusiasm for even my beloved routines seemed dull. Deep down, I think I kind of wanted a two week break from life to regroup, relax, and stop “doing.”
But that wasn’t realistic.
Recommitting to My Life
In order to recapture my excitement for the week ahead, I decided to recommit to my life. Recommitting is something I’m familiar with because whenever I find myself eating unhealthily or poorly caring for my body, I sit down and write a letter to myself explaining why I’m recommitting to the fitness and exercise plan I began a few months ago. The process of writing down the intentions helps me refocus and start fresh once more.
When recommitting to my life yesterday, I decided to shake things up in my beloved routines. Some of the changes I’ve decided to implement are:
- Change over from hot English Breakfast tea to homemade iced tea each morning.
- Buy the navy Hunter boots I’ve been meaning to purchase for a year.
- Painted over a painting I’ve had sitting in my bedroom but have hated for the past nine months. (see photos below)
- Change the accent color of MML – coming later this week.
- Skip the End of the Week Exfoliation this week and do a double post next weekend instead.
- Finally drop off the donation pile Erwin and I have sitting in the bedroom at the White Elephant.
- Bought a nice cork cutting board for veggies instead of using our old plastic ones.
- Made fish tacos for the first time last night.
- Rearranged all of the decorations in the living room.
Though the list might seem a bit long, I needed that deviation from my habits to find a fresh take on life. And I can now say that I’m pleasantly optimistic about the week.
So what I think I’ve learned is that routines aren’t bad, they can just become stale over time. By creating these new traditions and changes, I’m able to recommit to my life and feel fully engaged, rather than “going through the motions.” So if you find your self bummed out by your schedule, take a minute and see if you can change a thing or two in your life to add novelty and newness. It might shake you out of your funk too.