I’ve just spent the past 10 days with my family down the coast over the Christmas period. It was a lovely family break and I appreciated the time spent together so much. One thing I noticed though was the change to my routine…in so many ways.
Firstly, I needed to restore and recover after a busy year and particularly busy few weeks. So there were more sleep ins and less early starts. I like setting up my day with exercise but I felt like I really needed sleep and recharge. Secondly, because the weather was very warm, by the time I did rise I didn’t run as much as I would have liked –  running makes me feel great and is a great way to get my heart pumping and my endorphins going, so I missed this.

Thirdly, meals became events! Instead of me throwing a quick and healthy salad together, lunches would be made as group –  it would often be with the whole family with siblings and their friends too! Sometimes an afternoon of tennis and then of course the pre-dinner drinks and snacks and then of course an amazing dinner every night. So much fun and happy memories made. This was special family time that I will always be grateful for, but it was clarifying for me to be reminded more than ever that I need my own routine to make me feel good each day.

Despite the restorative sleep, I didn’t feel as good doing less exercise and sometimes it’s great to be reminded of this. I think the disruption to my food as well as my exercise routine has affected me more than normal, perhaps this year because I have been in such a good pattern for the previous 12 months.
I did however embrace some Yoga practice with my Mum, and almost every other day I swam in the beautiful ocean! The funny thing is, as much as I’ve loved my holiday and my time away from all the craziness of the past month, I’m really looking forward to getting back in to my routine at home.


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