Do you recall my 600 day plan? Well in it I’d planned that January would be holistic month.
Holistic is a commonly used term, but what does it even mean? My interpretation of the word is to look after your whole self, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just focusing on your diet and fitness.
Throughout the month I’ve paid particular attention to “resetting” myself. As I mentioned in my Results – week 6 post the New Year got off to a particularly challenging start, so January was about looking after me.
So what have I done for myself this month?
Read 3 books
I have read 2 older Michael Connelly books; The Black Ice and The Concrete Blond, I love the Harry Bosch series and am going back to the beginning to read them again, in order. I’ve also finished my Christmas read, You Do You – Sarah Knight. She has an excellent style and challenges you to give less of a f*&k about external pressures and what other people think – a perfect read for resetting one’s self!
Attended a fortnightly watercolour class
The classes, held at Woodgreen Evangelical Church, Worcester, are organised by a wonderful woman called Ruth and are taught by local watercolour artist Chris Roscoe (who also happens to be my step-mum!).
These sessions are perfectly balanced to provide more experienced artists a forum to meet, discuss and share ideas, and for the more novice, each session has a creative brief delivered in the morning tutorial, followed up with tips and advice after the lunchtime break.
Those I spoke with all commented on how they love the social aspect of the classes whilst also finding it a great way to unwind and express themselves – allowing their minds to focus on painting. If you’d like more information please contact me.
Enjoyed a reflexology session
Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet. This was a completely new experience for me, one I was really looking forward to as I do like massage and particularly my feet being rubbed (I do appreciate this may not be for everyone!)
Jenny of Bee Beautiful was really professional and kept me informed with everything she’d being doing, the benefits of it and how I may feel. It was one of THE MOST relaxing experiences I’ve ever had, and luckily nothing too specific was identified.
This month I also:
- Indulged in a spa day
- Had my hair cut and coloured
- Did a 14 day tea-tox – which by the way I can confirm was boll-ox (see what I did there?!)
- Met friends for lunch and afternoon tea (a number of times!), oh and…
- Got a new job.
To summarise, I feel great, and therefore cannot begin to tell you how important it is for you to make time for yourself. Some of the things I have done over the past 4 weeks are free or inexpensive and can really make a difference to how you feel. So…amend your resolutions now and make more time for YOU!
Now on to February; time for some Vegan-shizzle!