As each year passes I feel like I should have all the answers and have all my shit together. When I was little I always thought that one day I would just feel like a grown up and I would know what to do and say. At 37 years old I am still waiting for that day.
This month my holistic business turned one year old and I’ve definitely learnt a lot about myself over the last 12 months. But at the start of the year I wasn’t old but I FELT it.
I like solutions so I instantly started researching how to increase my energy, fitness levels and muscle tone. This is really important to me as I know that I have a positive effect on my life when I look after myself but I am also guilty of going and going, running on empty and only stopping when I get sick, when I’m super burnt out.
One of my resolutions at the start of the year was to have consistent energy levels, not work as hard and add some fun into my daily routine because I realised that I feel especially old when I’m stressed, bored and working 24-7. I used to subscribe to the idea that you only receive success when you worked your ass off. Can you relate?
Then you’ll also know that this is a totally unsustainable way of living because you burn out and are no use to anyone.
I decided to change my habits this year, to try doing things differently to see changes that I hadn’t previously experienced. This is easier said than done as I have a habit of doing things the hard way but I recently discovered that I am more likely to achieve my goals when I implement simple daily activities consistently. Who knew!
For me the best things I can do for myself to keep me feeling young and energetic are;
Drink plenty of water
Sleep 6-7 hours
Have a morning routine
Move every day
Spend time in nature
Although it’s simple, this isn’t a fool proof formula to feel young and care free every single day but it does allow me to check in with myself every day to see how my energy levels are doing and if I feel depressed it lasts days rather than weeks. I suppose helping yourself feel young is what it means to be a grown up. It means working out when you don’t feel like it because you know you’ll feel one hundred times better after it, it means experimenting with healthy and different foods to give your body what it needs and it means going to bed that little bit earlier so you can get up earlier to have some “me-time” and create a positive start to your day. I am guilty of looking after the outside of my body but I feel my most vibrant when I look after the inside such as my energy, mindset and emotions.
I read a quote that your life is made up of your days and your morning determines the spirit of your day so if you are constantly hitting the snooze button (which I was) then the message you are putting out is that you are happy to sleep through life.
No wonder I felt old, my actions weren’t energetic or positive!
Twelve months on I don’t have all the answers but I have learnt to be curious, not to be so serious and apply the new ways of thinking that I have discovered that help make life that little bit easier and more fun.
I honestly believe that age is just a number and although you can’t help getting older you don’t have to get old.