Aristotle said famously that we are what we do repeatedly. Success and happiness are greatly tied to the results of practicing good habits.
In this new phase of “empty nesting” I have certainly had to change my daily routine. As a 20 year stay at home mom, both my personal needs and the needs of my family have changed. Navigating these changes has been a little challenging as we all are trying to define “new boundaries”. Still trying to figure out what to do with all my available time!
As someone who is not opposed to change I have been open to readjusting my daily routine and nothing is off limits. It is certainly true that small habits tied together have a cascading impact in our lives. Things like drinking more water, adding steps/exercise into my day have really made a big impact on my overall health and happiness.
I have always adhered to tidying up as I go, now I simply have more time to wipe down counter tops while getting dressed, make the bed and put the laundry away. Keeping my living environment in order makes me feel calm and of course, less mess to deal with on my “big cleaning” day.
Another benefit is that I have had more time to spend in prayer and meditation. Being able to embrace quiet, reflect on the day, purposing to be thankful and grateful refresh my soul and help to manage the ups and downs of the whole day.
I have always been a planner and with more free time to plan, pursuing volunteer opportunities and possibly going back to work are certainly on the radar. I have heard it said the to have no plan is to plan to do nothing. I don’t want to do nothing. I have recognized that I get great fulfillment from work/completing tasks. So I am purposefully looking for new opportunities.
With more time on my hands, I have recognized how important it is to think about what I am thinking about! Boredom and even occasional loneliness can lead your mind toward feelings that are sad or depressed. Feelings are a lousy foundation from which to make decisions, so intentional and positive thinking and focus have become a new habit for me.
Lastly, I have been purposing to try new things. Whether it’s a different kind of food, visiting a new place, even taking a class or trying a new hobby, it’s important in this new phase to rediscover what I like and what I don’t. I want to embrace being curious and not fearful or getting out of my comfort zone.
So what’s the take away….
- Life happens in seasons and seasons change
- Start small, small changes repeated have a big impact
- It’s never too late to take care of your physical and mental health
- Be curious and try new things; you never know what may become and new habit in your life.