23 February 2018

Energy Levels

Prior to AltShift, I had fallen into a trap of not doing things. I always wanted to be at home and when I was at home I wanted to be 'resting'.  I spent the vast majority of my life 'resting'. I don't know exactly what I was 'resting' up for, but lord knows I was a champ at 'resting'.

In the last few months, I have noticed a marked increase in my energy levels. I don't need to 'rest' as much. Yes, I do take down time and I have been known to lay on the couch on watch an hour or two of TV, but that is the exception and not the norm anymore. I come home from school and I don't need a nap anymore. Okay, so the other day I nodded off in my chair, but I wasn't that tired and when I woke just bounced right back up. But I still have some of my old habits. This is what a typical day looks like for me:

Walk home from school
Sit down to watch Dr. Phil (this is when I used to nap for 30 - 60 minutes)
Spend the next 2ish hours sitting in my chair watching mindless TV
Eat dinner
Clean the kitchen
Sit in my chair and watch more mindless TV (and possibly nap some more)

I need to switch up these habits. I've said this before, but now it's more important because I have tons of energy. I sit here doing all kinds of crazy things on the computer because I have a ton of energy. So I need to change things up and not sit in front of my computer anymore.

I used to have hobbies, actually I still do I just don't do them much. I bought the material to make a quilt, I could work on that while I watch mindless TV.

I get home at 4pm ish. I could go to the gym a couple of days a week.

I could go for a short evening hike a couple of days a week.

I could just walk the neighborhood.

I could do some cleaning things.

I could do some organization things.

Clearly, there are many things I could be doing instead of sitting on my butt. So my idea is to create a list of things to do. Actually, 2 lists, one for inside and one for outside. Then cut them up and put them into jars. Then, when I get home from school, depending on whether I feel like staying in or going out, I will pull a slip and do that. I think that will help break the habit or the attitude that when I'm home I have to 'rest'. I've rested enough.

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