Well, it's been quite a while again since I put something together for this little space, but here's to a return. The last few months have been all over the place and have rather rushed me by, which has led to me taking a step back from a number of things. Now, though, it's time to get back into old habits and create new routines. I've got some big changes coming up after having handed in my notice at work, so now it's a time for keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that everything works out for the best!
It's been a difficult few months recently, with family bereavements, stress and anxiety. In response to all of this I've had to re-evaluate a few things, practice some self-care (that everyone talks about and is especially apt for cosy autumn evenings) and build myself new routines to ease my anxiety. There are plenty of things that I know really help with this, like exercise, socialising and taking better care of myself and loved ones. But, once those habits lapse, I find it so difficult in times of stress to throw myself back into it. A few things that I have found incredibly helpful with calming my mind has been to dedicate much of each evening to just relaxing. I turn on the fairy lights, have a gloriously over the top bubble bath and spend the rest of the evening in semi-darkness listening to an audiobook (I've found Jane Austen to be the most effective). I know that currently, whenever I manage to fit this routine in I always end up that little bit less tense and stressed the next day. I also have to keep reminding myself that in time this will pass, and all the things that I am currently worrying or stressing over really don't matter. They really, really don't. In the grand scheme of things life is too short to be unhappy, and these things are definitely not worth the health implications that stressing over them causes.
I know that even with big change on the horizon, things can (hopefully!) only get better. This process has involved working out what truly matters to me and the re-assessing of my goals and priorities. I'm really happy with the decision I have made to move on, even though it's a scary one, and I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks of down time and reflection. I'm hoping therefore, to get back to this blog of mine and a routine of posting much more frequently than I have been recently.