Life is busy and we are all guilty for not taking the time we should to appreciate our surroundings, stressing ourselves with deadlines and life in general. I have been trying so hard recently to slow things down a little. Leading up to what is a really busy and stressful time of year for me at work, I am trying hard not to let this get to me. I've been spending my spare time appreciating the world around me and taking a leaf out of the Norwegian's and Danes book to be more 'hygge' and I have to say it does seem as though it is working, and it feels good.
On Sunday I braved the threatening rain clouds and headed to the local reservoir for a much needed walk in the fresh air with my new trusted rain coat, which can I just say I am in love with (I've wanted one for ages but was always worried it was too bright, well to hell with those thoughts now). It felt so good to be amongst nature, hearing the leaves crunch beneath my feet and taking in the wildlife that surrounded me. I'd actually forgotten how good it feels to be out walking, it's been such a long time since I did it last. And oh how happy it made me feel to see the signs of autumn being right around the corner. Is anyone else as excited as me for the arrival of Autumn? Okay so yes, I agree it is still a little early to be getting too excited, but it is definitely getting close and I for one can't wait. A few more hot sunny days would be a welcomed treat though I'm not going to lie.
It gave me time to think without interruption or distractions, being alone with my thoughts and processing each one properly, giving it my full attention. I did take my phone with me but that was purely for taking photos, no social media, no phone calls, no texts. I rarely disconnect from my phone and it really is something I need to do more often, even if only for a couple of hours each day. It frightens me how addicted to my phone I have become. I always feel lost without it and that is so wrong.
I have also started taking steps to calm my evenings after work down, helping me to relax more and chill out. As someone who loves candles I have really appreciated the evenings drawing in and the fact they have become slightly cooler over the past few days. It has been the perfect excuse to light some candles, plug in the fairy lights and enjoy the flickering light around the room. Spending time reading a book or watching Netflix, I am hooked on '13 Reasons Why' at the moment, I'm almost finished season 1 so I'm near enough half way through now.
I'm going to continue taking more steps to be more hygge, enjoying the simple things in life and also making sure I have things to look forward to, it always helps to keep my spirits up. What do you do to help keep things calm in your life? I'd love to hear some more suggestions.
~ Gem x