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These last couple of weeks were filled with paperwork, organising and finding my way around interesting regulations.
I won't bore you with the intricacies of having a birth certificate from Namibia and an Australian government wanting a certified copy and a German government wanting certified translations into German before putting a stamp on it which then again have to be certifiably translated back into English cause the Australians don't accept the German...
Let's just say I was kept busy.
And now Eva is gone and the flat is eerily quiet. It's so odd to come back home after an outing and find everything exactly as I left it. No shoes in the middle of the hallway, no toothbrush in the sink, no half eaten apples and half drunk cups of tea on the bookshelf, and no Bonaparte entertaining the neighbours.
My daughter is in Melbourne until the end of August. Which sucks.
I am of course happy for her, and as long as she is having fun a part of me feels really good about this. But it still sucks in a day-to-day-want-to-see-her kind of way...
Because I know myself (and because I have been there in different ways, like when my relationship ended) I also know that some discipline is required now to not go into a downward spiral.
And because this is useful in every situation where the temptation to go into self-pity might come up, I would like to share with you what I am doing (all of this is colour coded and put into a calendar, which people without a virgo ascendent do NOT have to do).
You can of course also adept it according to your preferences and circumstances, but sticking to a schedule does help in emotionally intense times:
THE NO-MOPING SCHEDULE
Wake up at 6.30
Morning pages (see Julia Cameron: 'The Artist's Way' for more on this)
15 minutes of meditation (just sitting and focusing on my breathing)
15 minutes of distant healing for a friend
Take Lucy for a short walk
Green smoothie (recipes in the pdf that comes with my newest blog post)
Shower and dress (nicely! No yoga pants allowed)
Lunchtime walk with Lucy, smelling the flowers (lots of those around right now) and listening to Abraham Hicks on my iPod
Lunch (something colourful and healthy)
Daily exercise (I mix it up between yoga, cardio and strength training)
Another Lucy walk which I use to do the shopping if necessary
Reading or watching something inspirational and uplifting (sometimes that's work related stuff, and sometimes it's Gilmore Girls)
Listening to Abraham Hicks Meditation
Sleep (around 10.30)
Of course all this gets mixed up with meeting friends, going on bike rides or swimming or going out for dinner especially on the weekends.
But the basic framework is very helpful, especially if you take it as a non-negotiable. Meaning you do these things if you feel like it or not.
Over the next couple of weeks I will write more about this on the blog. Here is the first video on eating healthily, and why this is important on an energetic level when you are feeling down.
And now for some pics:
Pics from the last weeks:
New on the blog:
How to get off the downward spiral
When you are feeling down, looking after yourself well is so important!
It is also often the last thing on our minds.
I know it is tempting to let yourself go, to eat so-called comfort food, stay in bed and lick your wounds. And there is nothing wrong with doing that initially.
But at some stage you will have to begin to take care of yourself.
At the beginning this will be challenging. Every thought you think, every feeling you have, every action you take all create momentum. It’s like a car picking up speed. The faster you go, the more difficult it will be to do a quick u-turn.
But if you stay on the downward spiral a lot of things will begin to happen that you do not want (excess weight, poor health, depression…).
For me, the easiest way to get off the ‘highway to hell’ is to go cold turkey.
More about this in the video:
Until next week!
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