A long time ago, back in October 2013 I tried to join in and do ‘A month of’ something. The concept being that it takes at least 21 days to form a new habit and hopefully by the end of a month of doing something it just becomes part of your usual routine. I managed one month of early nights and then never did anything again. But it is something that has stayed with me and I like the idea of focusing on one month only so I thought I would have another go. Funnily enough, although I don’t go to bed early all the time it really stuck with me the difference a lot of sleep could have to my mood and well being.
In January I decided that it was probably a good idea not to drink for a while. I wasn’t joining in with Dry January but I felt after the season of indulgences that my body could probably do with a bit of a break. That and I was in the habit of drinking a glass of wine most days and it was starting to creep earlier, especially at the weekend.
In the end I found it really quite easy. There were a few 3 year old tantrums that had me yearning for a drink and the flood, mice and rats would have been reason enough to give up but I didn’t. Mr C did it too (although with a couple of exceptions) and he said that he felt better and brighter. I am not so sure that I felt any different really. However I did lose 8lbs over the month which was needed! That could be a mix of things as I actually did some exercise (OMG!!!) and was trying to eat less rubbish (I didn’t really succeed).
I had my first drink on Friday, so not quite the full month off. A very lovely couple of glasses of wine were consumed and it made it feel more like a Friday I felt. I woke feeling fine, but had a dreadful headache in the middle of the day resulting in me heading to bed. I don’t think it was alcohol related but it is something to be aware of in future I think. I do think though that less alcohol is probably a good thing so I am going to restrict myself somehow. Maybe just the weekend, or just drinking when I am not at home. I finished the bottle yesterday but I am not bothered that I do not have any more.
And so to February. I always struggle with this month. I hate the cold. I hate all the weather. I do like really bright days but only when you can feel a little warmth. And so I need something to focus me, to make me feel more positive. So I am have stolen Victoria’s idea and I am going to do a little something every day to make the house ‘better’. (click on that link – how amazing is that little snowdrop in the blue vase? Perfection). I am going to write a list of all the niggly spaces and things in the house and tackle them one by one. Hopefully I will be able to find ways to join in with a couple of hashtags I have been meaning to #stylingtheseasons and #theeverydayspruce as well which would be great.
Have you ever given up or done something special for a fixed period of time? I would love to hear about it.