Mel Robins created the “5 Second Rule” to help herself stop hesitating all the time & instead, make it simple for herself to start acting, achieving and enjoying life again. The “5 Second Rule” can help anyone take immediate action. The “5 Second Rule” is used when you’re faced with a challenge (big or small), to use it simply, count down from five, (5, 4, 3, 2, 1…) then, go do something, take action immediately! The action may be big or small, but it just needs to get done NOW! Because we all know that once you begin, then you can win! I’ve listened to Robins audio book, its inspiring, informative and makes implementing the rule super simple. This rule is potentially life changing, but only if you use it & take action throughout your day.
Today’s post was inspired by my lack of motivation when it comes to studying. I didn’t feel like studying so, instead I decided to go onto Pinterest to pin some motivational quotes in the hopes that I’d be inspired and once again motivated to open my books. Luckily, I actually remembered Mel Robins “5 Second Rule”. So, I thought man I should study, then counted down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and then, I closed Pinterest and opened my books. And before I new it I really getting into my studies.
After I start the studying, I always wonder why my mind seems to hate the thought of ‘study’ because in reality (once I open up my books and start reading) I love learning new & interesting information. If you want to find out more, Mel’s book explains why our minds make beginning any task extremely difficult.
The rule is simply great, because it can allows you to bypass your tricky overthinking mind, and allows you to ‘just do it’. So, if you ever feel stuck in a rut & don’t feel like doing anything, perhaps try the Mel Robins “5 Second Rule”. It worked for me.
Hope you enjoy my super simple Monday post. Amber
Here is a little foot soak recipe that I created for my Aromatherapy class. Since peppermint tea is my favourite, I was interested in creating a recipe which was focussed around peppermint essential oil. It turned out to be refreshing yet soothing, plus its super cute & cheap to make!
Everything you need you can pick up from your supermarket although, the jar i bought from a dollar store and you may need to buy your essential oil from a speciality store.
This semester, I’ll be establishing a few new routines. Below are my goals that I’lll be accomplishing this term:
- Workout 7AM
- Fill out the five minute Journal (in the morning)
- I’ll be ready & leave the house by 8:00am every morning (Monday-Friday).
- Write a ‘to do list’ for tomorrow the night before
- I’ll prepare my lunch in my bento box (from monbento), each night before class/work.
- Fill out the five minute Journal (in bed at night)
- Begin Sarah’s Day 8 Week Challenge (Workout Plan)
- Focus on eating plant based whole foods (fruit/salad/veggies).
- Drink two bottles of water or 2litres of water daily.
- Schedule in downtime during the week (inspired by ‘The Downtime Agenda‘)
- Keep one day of the weekend free for adventure, excitement, crafts, pampering, cooking, chilling, friends & family.
- Review the weeks new massage sequences daily.
- Schedule in clients for Monday-Thursday, after school (3:15-5:15pm).
- Check & answer client related emails each morning & afternoon.
- Every Monday, I’ll post on my blog (wellness lifestyle inspiration).
- Every Sunday I’ll write and edit my weekly blog post.
These goals may seem simple but doing anything consistently is a challenge (at least it is for me). I hope you all have an amazing week.
Do you have any goals or tips on how to accomplish goals or establish new habits? Please comment below or message me via the contact side bar.
Hello, so, I’ve only just gotten home from Melbourne late tonight. I spent the last couple of days visiting f
amily in the city and celebrating a special little one’s first birthday. Its so good being part of such a BIG loving family. Especially, when we have just welcomed another mini member, this past weekend. Its crazy my (step) bother and two (step) sister’s all now have gorgeous little family’s, while I’m still trying to work out this “adulting thing”.
This week I focused on catching up with friends and family, practising massage and just taking my time to put a few things in order. Plus, ate awesome plant-based food.
Monday-First official day of holidays, so chilled out cooked breakfast for Dylan and myself and then watched some Netflix & Stan. Then, eventually I made my way to my office to blog. I sorted out my blog’s ‘about’ section, designed a blog banner image in photoshop, then worked on & published the Monday blog post.
Tuesday-I slept in and took it easy tidying up the house. I then practiced massage on a client in my home-based massage room. Plus, my Luxy Hair prize was delivered! I won a little Instagram competition and received a 5 minute Journal! (I still feel super lucky and totally blessed)
Wednesday-I treated myself and spent the morning in a local The Dark Horse Cafe/Restaurant, they have a vegan menu, there I planned out my week & created a shopping list. Then, I went on a little shopping spree. I bought a few things for my Massage Room (new lamps & a lavender scented eye pillow). Plus, some mini polaroid Instant Film for my Fuji camera (for an upcoming party). I then practiced massage on another client and did grocery shopping. I then rushed to get ready, met up with a small bunch of people to celebrated a mate’s Birthday at Stellina. Good hearty food, wine and great company.
Thursday- I woke up feeling drained and regrettably had to postpone my regular massage client. She was lovely. So, I organised a few things around town and cleaned out my car inside out. Bought next terms study supplies and watched the latest episode of ‘younger’, its my favourite show on Stan. Made pancakes for dinner for a spontaneous date night.
Friday- I had a smoothie & packed lunch in my monbento lunch box for work. After work, I invited my close friend over for a relaxation massage and she surprised me with gifts (I teared up), she’s just the best! Anyways, later on, Dylan brought home Vegan burritos from the new Zambrero Mexican place. It was so good!
Saturday- I worked again, then packed for Melbourne trip Sunday.
Sunday- Woke up at 5AM! Caught a train at 6AM, got to my sister’s at 8:30AM, we picked up my little sister, went to a cafe for coffee (I had the fresh fruit juice, i don’t do coffee), then we got some sushi and listened to classic tunes all the way to my little nieces first birthday party. Was fun and lots of instant film photo’s were taken! Hung out with my sister’s till late, we ate dumplings, and made each other laugh (I could barely breath, I was laughing so hard), and just hung out.
Which brings me to today! I hung out with my best friend who just happens to be my twin sister Ben-ji-men (Benita), we slept in, she made me sweet potato with fresh salsa for Breakfast. We went on a mini adventure around Richmond and talked about spirituality and life in a gorgeous park. Then I caught a bus and train back home. Its good to be back in the country, no traffic to keep me up at night.
I’m keeping my promised to myself. So, here is my first Monday blog post.
Today I’ve been thinking and rethinking about my ‘fresh start’ in July. This year has been alright so far but I want to improve a few things in the next half of this year. In my last blog post I went over a few goals that should help improve my slack time management skills (thats if I actually action the goals). Right now, I’m currently on holidays and its freezing outside (minus 4 degrees). I’m someone who adores winter but lets be honest smashing goals versus cuddling up in front of the fire. Which one would you rather?
Winter can make motivating yourself that much harder. But I want to find a way to infuse the things I adore doing in winter with the not so fun goals that really need to get done. So, I’ve come across something I think may help me. I’d like to introduce you to an online space that celebrates and encourages us to rest up and even chill out, without any guilt. Its called Downtime Agenda. This site is not based around how to be lazy. Instead, its all about creating the time we all need to rejuvenate, so that we’re able to perform at our best. Its such a gorgeous website that I’ve only recently discovered. So, please take the time to check it out.
“The Downtime Agenda is an online hub dedicated to the things we do when we’re not doing things. Reminding us that rest, recuperation and comfort aren’t indulgences — but necessities.” Julie Haslam, Founder of The Downtime Agenda
Winter wellness wishes will revolve around getting things done, relaxing and treating myself well this year.
As you know I’m currently studying a Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy course which I’ll complete in July 2018. Right now, I’m currently finishing up my last week of semester one. I’m happy to inform you that I’m up to date with all my assignments. So, I have a little time today to reflect over this semester and work out how I can prepare for next semester.
During semester 1, I did the following
- I turn up to class on time (or a little late), but never early.
- I left my assignments to the last minute and handed them in late.
- I stayed up late working on assignments or procrastinating.
- I didn’t practice or organise enough people to practice on this semester.
- I didn’t have a clear morning and night time routine.
- I don’t consistently prepare and bring my lunch to school/work.
- I don’t have an exercise routine, or meal plan, or cleaning schedule.
- I don’t consistently fill out my dairy/journal.
- Oh and my blog, well I rarely upload any blog posts.
Clearly, I need to work on my time management and organisation. At this point in time I simply go with the flow, then freak out when there’s a deadline. I’m sick of just surviving, I want to be thriving. Ultimately, I want to be active, happy and healthy next semester and beyond.
So, starting next week I’ll be enjoying a two week break from school. These holidays, I’ll be organising time with friends and family. Plus I’ll be working out and actioning my daily routines (morning, nightly, exercise routines). I’ll also be scheduling in people to practice my massage skills on.
Then when, semester 2, term 3, begins, I’ll focusing on the following:
- Arriving to class at least 10 minutes early
- Bringing in a homemade lunch to school/work daily
- Plan out my weeks meal plan and prep meals every Sunday & Wednesday
- Plan out my schedule each and every morning
- Journal every night.
- I’ll practise massage either on my own or with a client daily.
- I’ll be blogging this process weekly, I’ll post every Monday.
I have some exciting dreams that I want to accomplish in the future. So, this year, I’ll be working on getting into shape, eating healthy plant-based meals and become a pro at managing all of my daily activities. These things will help me achieve my goals and are also vital for maintaining my sanity.
So stay tuned for more frequent content.
x A x
hello, this is a little insight into my mental health from 2015 till now.
I’ve always been a dreamer, In the year of 2015 my life seemed to be going great! I was getting paid for small art projects, jogging consistently, eating healthy (a newbie vegan), I loved catching up with many friends and I had recently fallen in love. My dreams had included running an art business with my twin sister, studying business online and becoming a graphic designer. These dreams and more were proudly displayed upon my vision board that illustrated every detail of my amazing, exciting and beautiful “dream life”. At the time, many of my dreams seemed to be coming true. Especially since 2014 had been an amazing transformative year. However, during 2015 I lost my positive momentum. I started placing unrealistic pressure on myself and slowly all my good habits of 2014 began to fade away. Its only through hindsight that I can look back and see my slow descent into being overly stressed and becoming increasingly depressed.
Eventually, everything fell apart just two weeks before I was meant to be flying out to France (around July, 2015) to meet my boyfriend. Instead of boarding a plane, I had a mental breakdown. The breakdown which the doctors later labelled as a “manic episode” lasted a few days. During that time, I couldn’t eat or sleep, my mind would not stop racing. This resulted in me professing a bunch of craziness to my friends and family. After I said and did a lot of weird stuff (I remember everything even though I was legit mentally ill), My family was forced to call an ambulance and I was taken to hospital. In the emergency room, I freaked out and they induced me to sleep, I ended up waking up in the mental hospital. Fun times…
I won’t go into details about my actions or my thoughts at the time, just know that being mentally unstable is a freaking scary experience. I remained in the mental ward for just two weeks and then was let out. I was still not in my usual sane state of mind and after a short amount of time at home I couldn’t handle it. I was experiencing a level of anxiety that I’d never known before. I still felt “crazy” and I truly didn’t feel safe in my own home. So, I chose to go back into the mental health ward.
After my second stint in the “looney bin”, I moved in with my mum, I was still suffering from weird thoughts but they slowly faded with time. Anyways, I spent the next 6 months getting dosed up on strong medication (Bipolar meds/anti-depressants), I felt empty, broken and worthless. I lost all my faith and self-belief. All my drive, passion, happiness had been wiped away. All I wanted to do was go back in time, and wake up from this nightmare. I gained weight so quickly, I tried to jog but medication left me in a zombie state. I soon gave up on my body and I ballooned.
Six months went by, I isolated myself as much as possible, I had no personality, I was a lifeless zombie and it turns out the doctors had messed up my dosage. I had been taking more than was ideal. Anyways, I finally managed to go back to work for just one day a week. To be honest this was a massive step for me at the time. Since gaining weight I have had many people presume or ask if I was pregnant. Moving on, I was off my medications within a year and I also ended my monthly mental health meetings. A couple of months after this, I felt genuine joy for the first time since my manic episode. I remember laughing for the first time after a whole year of suffering clinical depression. I was so happy that I had trully laughed that I burst into tears.
Mental illness is no joke, to me it seems to be this invisible force that invaded my mind and shattered my life. I didn’t think recovery would take this long but the hard bit is over!! Whoo! Now that I’m feeling really good I’d like to thank all my family, friends and my work mates. I’m so grateful for all your support, so thank you.
This year, 2017, I’m starting to move forward. I cannot go back to how I was before my break down. I have experienced so much, but then again, we’re all going through something. Hopefully, our experiences, both the good and the bad, allow us to grow an develop into an even better people. For now, I’ll happily continue leading my “insane” life!
Thanks for reading, Amber