I have been looking at my plans for mental renewal by looking at the mental checklist. I have started working on a few of the areas but others I need to get going with.
I do quite a bit of reading, mostly nonfiction and of the personal development variety. I also read books related to areas of interest such as nutrition, natural beauty products, mindfulness and meditation and home keeping. I do read occasional fiction which tends to be of the thriller genre.
As for having a regular writing process, this blog is the start of that. I have tried keeping various types of journals in the past but I always seem to start worrying about someone finding it and give up and throw it away. I seem to have a bit of a complex in general about people knowing the real me and whether they will like and accept me or not. I spent a long time being a people pleaser and now that I have stopped being that way, people have definitely noticed a difference – yet I’m still not quite comfortable with sharing all of me yet!
I clear my mind on a daily basis by meditating. I’m a beginner and I’m currently on Day 22 using the Headspace app(I have a 1 month free trial voucher code if anyone wants it). I’m finding it easier each day but I still have days where my mind seems to wander consistently! I also like the idea of relaxation through music. I rarely seem to listen to music anymore and this is something I would really like to get back into.
I used to really enjoy doing word puzzles, suduku puzzles and actually jigsaws in general so I would love to start doing this again. DLP (Daddy’s Little Princess) loves to do jigsaws too so this would be a lovely activity to do together. I found my old DS the other day and my brain training games so perhaps I’ll give these another go!
My main hobby is crochet. I taught myself a couple of years ago. It’s very relaxing but very time consuming. Whenever I start my crochet, everything else is put on the back burner. The last blanket I made took six weeks of my free time. So I love it, but whilst I’m trying to make important changes in my life any big projects are best avoided! I guess I could make a blanket one granny square at a time.
I need to explore other hobbies. The best way to do this is to think about what you loved to do as a child, often we forget about the things which gave us joy back then. For me, hobbies included drawing, painting, arts and crafts, caring for animals, writing stories, gardening, feng shui, I ching, and singing ! I do very few of these now, so maybe it’s time to incorporate some into my life.
I would like to continue my education informally. Some subjects which interest me are the arts, psychology and nutrition. There are a lot of great free resources on line these days so i need to start having a look at what’s available. I even found an old French Linguophone course I never got round to doing so perhaps I should start by learning a new language.
I need to have more conversations with people. I am about as introverted as you can get and feel very awkward in social situations and have a certain amount of social anxiety. So practise, practise, practise to increase confidence.
I have a diary to organise myself but I do not use it to full advantage. With all the stuff I’m planning to get done I think it would be smart to start off with a decent planning system!
On my list of goals so far I have the following items:
- Read books regularly. Fiction and non fiction.
- Start a regular writing process such as this blog or journaling.
- Follow Headspace Daily Meditation (Day 22! Yay).
- Listen to inspirational music.
- Challenge my mind. Puzzles and brain training.
- Spend time doing activities I love. Crochet, gardening, poetry, aromatherapy, creative pursuits, singing. Plus the above mentioned.
- Study something I’m interested in. Learn a language.
- Have more conversations with people.
- Start using a planner or diary more regularly and effectively.
This should keep me busy for a while!