Jan 16, 2017

January without TV | The simple activities

Today I worked away from home and so, as expected, I didn't miss the TV. I can even say that, in the evening, I actually enjoyed folding and ironing the clothes in silence. There was something meditative about it...

As you've probably noticed, this month is not about trying to force myself to replace the TV with any particular activity. My point is just to see what naturally happens without the TV. So far I haven't done anything particularly 'special' with my time. But I've noticed that I tend to appreciate more the simple activities that frequently are done mindlessly and/or in a hurry - like simple house chores, chatting with B. (the boyfriend), playing with Mia (the cat), or taking a bath. Oh, and I've been reading more. So, so far, this has been a positive experience.

See you tomorrow!

Jan 15, 2017

January without TV | Only missed on the lonely days

This has been another day in which the TV wasn't missed. We had the one-year birthday party of a lovely cousin and were out most of the day. So I think that it is now confirmed: when life is happening and I engage with people I don't miss the TV - the TV is only missed on the lonely days...

Until tomorrow.

January without TV | The cinema

Today the TV wasn't missed. But I went to the cinema, which is a bigger and louder version of the TV. Eh eh.

See you tomorrow!

Jan 13, 2017

January without TV | Pacific

I don't have much to say today. My mood has been more stable - I think exercising is helping. And not watching TV was pacific today.

See you tomorrow.

Jan 12, 2017

January without TV | Writing to a friend

I'm still missing the TV when I have lunch alone, and this probably won't change throughout the month... Still, my mood was much better than it was on the other days I worked from home.

In the evenings, I'm not missing it as much. Today I spent a lot of time writing an email to a friend - which is good, because I tend to procrastinate a lot on replying to my friends' emails, which makes me a terrible pen pal! But behold, I'm writing, not procrastinating ;)

What else to say? I'm a bit obsessed with the idea of finding another place to live, because I don't feel very happy in this apartment. It's actually a very good apartment, but is has two great flaws: it tends to not have a lot of light, due to its layout; and it is located in an area which, despite being near a pleasant small city, is quite depressing. We basically picked this apartment because we didn't find better options in the short period of time that we had to search for a house. And speaking of house - I wanted to rent a small house, not an apartment. I'm not an apartment person - I need some outer space!

Well, enough rating. It's time to go to bed. I suspect there is no one reading this, but I'll continue writing as if someone very nice and understanding was on the other side.

See you tomorrow :P

Jan 11, 2017

January without TV | Longer evenings

Today was also pacific. I didn't work at home, which helped. But I seem to be getting much more at ease without the TV. Of course, I don't want to say this with too much confidence, because I may feel differently tomorrow.

Today I also started listening to this audio book while ironing the clothes and I really enjoyed it.

Something interesting that I've noticed is that, without the TV, the evenings now seem longer (and quieter). That is good.

Until tomorrow :)

Jan 10, 2017

January without TV | Exercise to lift the mood!

Today I can say I didn't miss the TV. I was in company, during the afternoon, so maybe that may have helped.

Before starting this job and moving to this apartment (which happened in September) I used to exercise regularly (I love this workout program). I did it for varied reasons, but one of the strongest was because exercise really helps with my mood. It's a healthy antidepressant! But with the stress and the mess of starting a new life I've been letting that habit die. It's so much harder to be motivated and to get started... Anyway, I know how important it is, so I'm trying to do an extra effort to put exercise into my daily routine, again. Today I did this workout, and it really made me feel good! Yay!

Night night :)