I have always considered myself an optimist, a person who can always look on the bright side of any situation, so I’m not really sure what has happened to me over the last week…… It’s not that I have been miserable or glum, I have just noticed loads of changes in my behaviour simply because there is a big change in my home.
We are having our bathroom done and the result is that there is mess EVERYWHERE in my house. There is a tilecutter in my bedroom surrounded by what can only be described as rubble, a bathroom panel in my eldest daughter’s room alongside all the masses of toiletries we had in the bathroom (who knew we had so much shampoo?…) and a toilet in my youngest daughter’s room. There are also two extremely large plasterboard sheets in my hallway, which stop me getting to my under the stairs cupboard and lots of very large empty boxes and a broken vanity unit in my conservatory. If that wasn’t enough for two days I have had to wash, in the loosest sense of the word, in my kitchen sink. I am definitely a person who associates with being clean. I love it. I consider my morning shower to be very much linked to my humanity, so much so that I always say thank you to my shower and tell it how much I enjoyed it (apparently not everyone does that….who knew..?). Not being able to shower in the morning has really thrown me. I am all out of sync and don’t quite feel like myself.
One thing I have noticed is that my eating has changed. I am normally quite a healthy eater and crave fruit and vegetables and a proper meal. Bring on the chaos that my new bathroom has caused and I have been stuffing down cheese and onion toasties, dripping in butter, like there is no tomorrow. That was my lunch for three days in a row and I genuinely enjoyed each one. With all of the mess to tidy up and working around all of the obstacles I have also opted more for the easy option like fish fingers and chicken nuggets, anything I can just shove in the oven. I have stopped running, in part due to lack of a shower, and I definitely feel more tired and stressed. I think it is a combination of everything, but it led me to think about change and how I cope with it. I therefore sat down and thought about what I needed to get the best of myself and in order to function as normally as possible. I came up with the following:
My Plan for Handling Change:
1. Plan what I am going to eat and make a weekly eating plan
2. Keep exercising as much as possible and plan it into my day
3. Relax…..take time to just sit and be quiet, preferably away from all the noise and mess.
4. Be grateful….
5. Visualise the end result……
With this plan in place, I now feel more able to cope with the changes in my house and already feel lighter. I have printed this off and put it on my dresser so that I see it each morning. Having a plan always makes me feel better and much more in control.
I am therefore just off to jog with my dog, whilst planning my weekly meal, taking a few deep breaths, make a mental list of what I am grateful for whilst visualising my new bathroom…….