There are far too many excuses to avoid living life to the full. This week, I have started an internship in digital marketing and social media, an industry I am really interested in (who’d have guessed?)! Taking this new opportunity involves not just changing direction to start out on my dream career path but also making changes to my daily life.
All major changes in life come with choices and a renewed perspective on old habits which may be related to an old job, house or relationship. I’d become used to early alarm calls, feeling lethargic and only going to the gym on my days off. Although I enjoyed my job, the long and unsociable hours took their toll and I often didn’t get the most out of my time. Although changing jobs is often a nerve-racking process, the benefits often outweigh the drawbacks and that is certainly the case for me!
The monotony of routine provides us all with an abundance of excuses: I’m too tired, I don’t have enough time, I don’t have enough energy, I don’t have enough money, I don’t want to do something straight after work, I don’t want to waste my day off, I just want to rest. The list goes on…
With each of these excuses, an opportunity to live life to its fullest is lost. I am guilty of procrastinating and feeling as though I don’t have enough time or energy in recent months. Starting a new job brings the perfect chance to make positive changes to a previously mundane routine. Having time off at the weekend is a significant advantage of my new job and I am already looking forward to meeting up with friends, taking part in organised runs and enjoying more flexibility with my time. It also means that I can plan my meals in advance and I have succeeded to a limited extent, making overnight oats and porridge for breakfast on each day so far. However, in the weeks to come I do plan to cook a number of lunches in advance so that I can take nutritious meals to work, like chicken with rice instead of relying on a cheap meal deal or home made sandwich. I have also discovered that my appetite is larger than I had previously thought – more bananas are required! My old routine of eating whatever I could get my hands on, no matter the nutritional content, is gone.
The only habits I want to establish as routine are sleep and exercise. Since I finished college nearly five years ago, my sleeping routine has been patchy at best and whilst my exercise routine has fared better, it could also be improved. Although I have only changed my routine since the weekend, I already feel brighter and more energetic throughout the day without the need for more than one or two coffees.
I’m a firm believer that if you want to establish a habit the best time to start is now. With that in mind, I went out for a four mile run after work on Tuesday and plan to fit in at least two workouts in the week as well as two sessions at the weekend where possible. Although this is the first week of my new job and routine, I am already feeling more positive about the weeks to come in the knowledge that I am establishing healthy habits from the beginning.