Life Balance Project: Week 8

If you are thinking “What on earth is a Life Balance Project?” Please read this post before continuing.

This post is late and should have landed at the weekend, sorry about that! Its been a bit of a mad week both at home and at work and I let things slip. Must try harder! Below is a reminder of my goals for February.

Well being: Make a self care plan

I know self care is really important but do I normally make time for it? Erm, no but I know I’m not the only one guilty of that! It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and self care becomes the thing that you’re going to do later. Problem is later never comes! I want to make a self care plan and actually follow it.

Relationships: Plan a get together with a friend

Its always great to have a catch up with a friend. Sometimes it’s another thing that will get done “later”. My relationship goal for February is to actually make the plans and catch up with a friend. 

Personal Growth: Start a meditation practice

I keep hearing how powerful and calming meditation can be. Its something that I haven’t really tried before because I’m busy and I’ll do it “later”. There’s a real pattern emerging in this post isn’t there? I was inspired to make meditation a goal for February when I read this quote: 

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb 

Money: Establish a budget

Its time to get serious about my finances. The big goal way in the future is to buy a house. I have some savings but I need to grow them and I figured the best way to start is to be clear about whats coming in and whats going out. I started tracking my spending after Christmas, now I need to put a budget in place.

Organisation: Clear emails

Its one of those jobs that I put off because its so monotonous but is there anything more satisfying than an empty inbox? I have 3 email accounts so it may take a while but I know I’ll be so happy when its done! 

This weeks Progress

I’ve been trying to work out the best way to make myself a self care plan. In the end I decided to do it in list form, I love making lists! I’ve made a daily self care list, the plan is to tick as many things off as I can everyday. Some of the things on my list are common sense things that we should do everyday anyway. They are important for our well being but can be overlooked, even though we know it will make us feel worse later on. For example, everyone has skipped a meal before even though we know the dip in blood sugar will make us feel crappy later on.

Daily self care

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat balanced meals regularly (no skipping!)
  • Bath/shower
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Make time to do nothing
  • Read
  • Go outside
  • Reach 10,000 steps on fitbit
  • Drink chamomile tea
  • Do something creative
  • Spend time with friends/family

I’ve already reached my goals to clear my emails and plan a get together with a friend. Actually I’ve had a few catch ups this month with both friends and family, its been lovely! I said in last weeks update that I was going to try shower meditation. What is shower meditation? The photo below from Pinterest explains.

I loved the idea of shower meditation but I definitely need more practice! I keep forgetting to do it or I’ll forget mid shower what I’m supposed to be visualizing! That said I do think its a great idea and I’m going to stick with it.

The goal I’ve struggled the most with this month is making a budget. A lot of my main expenses can’t be reduced, for example rent and petrol. Since I started my capsule wardrobe I rarely buy clothes so budgeting for clothes/shoes etc seems pointless. In the end I decided to set a budget for two specific areas of spending. I now have a monthly grocery budget of £100 (including toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant or shower gel) and a monthly “meetup” budget of £50. Lately I’ve been loving attending different meetups and meeting friends for coffee but the cost soon adds up. Taking a quick look through my bank statement for January, I realized I’d spent almost £150 going to meetups that month! That did include a spa afternoon but going forward I’m going to try to keep the cost down.

Are you wrapping up your goals for the month? Let me know how its going in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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2 Replies to “Life Balance Project: Week 8”

  1. I love making lists too! Just being able to tick things off throughout the day is so satisfying 🙂 The idea of a self-care list is fantastic! Like you say, sometimes the basic things can get overlooked when life gets busy and hectic. I especially love the ‘make time to do nothing’ task, it’s nice to have some spare time with no plans or pressures. The shower meditation sounds great too, I like the idea of washing away stress and anxiety. Thanks for sharing your update Hayley, always enjoy reading about your week! Have a lovely day! <3 xxx

    Bexa |

    1. Thanks Bexa =) The shower meditation is a great idea but I think I need more practice! Let me know what you think if you try it! Xx

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