The first gratitude post of the year! My only commitment as the new year rolled in was to take care of myself. And that’s exactly what I did this month and I’m extremely grateful for that. I hope to continue doing the same in the coming days.
Self-care, reduce stress, take it easy – these were my mantras this month. I’d been a lot stressed out last year. Together, stress and the worthless feeling that was stalking me pushed me into a whirlwind which I can earnestly say was a disaster. I took conscious efforts to reduce stress. As always I made plans and tried to follow them to the best of my level.
When I failed I took deep breaths. I was able to convince myself that it’s okay. I found out that stress can be managed better with deep breaths and for that I’m thankful.
Once the overwhelming feeling was managed, I was able to think rationally. And I could feel the stress melting away. To think that I only approached the intruder differently to get him out of my way without throwing tantrums at me – it was a wonderful and welcoming change. I am grateful, very much so.
My friends from the blogging world. They are there always. They pay attention, listen, understand, and just be there. These people who reside in different parts of the world are there for me; isn’t that wonderful? There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for their continued and constant presence in my life.
Meeting with a blogger friend, Rubina who is also an author, for the second time was another pleasure that January witnessed. It was a surprise to find out that she lived close to my place. Like the first time we met, time flew by over our tête-à-tête. We were so engrossed in our little get together that we forgot to click a picture of us together. Well, next time!
To be honest, I didn’t blog as much as I wanted or planned. But I am happy about how it all went last month. I was actively visiting and reading blogs. Of course, I am still way behind in replying to the comments on my blogs. At least, I am able to do everything I am doing now. And for that I am grateful.
I am so happy that I am becoming a regular in staying active at least for half an hour every day. I am going to the gym when time permits — also practicing yoga every day. January began with the 30 day Yoga challenge with Yoga with Adriene, but I had to leave it midway when the little one caught sick and I was down with back pain and my routine fell apart. The weight gain despite staying active worries me though. Still, I am happy with the progress so far, as consistency was what I was aiming for.
Writing on my gratitude journal every day helped me in celebrating the little moments. In short, the first month of 2019 was filled with both perfect and imperfect moments, as it should be. I am thankful for every little moment of joy that chanced on my way.
That’s all from my end, folks. Tell me, how was your January?
Linking with Gratitude Circle by Vidya Sury