This article is part two of a trilogy. Last week, you read about morning routines, exercising and learning about the world in My 11 Habits for Daily Inspiration – Trilogy Part 1.
Not coincidentally, my favourite moments this week is in one of the habits in today’s article – family time. We celebrated a special occasion by visiting an acquaintance’s restaurant and dining out as a family. I was secretly pleased to have someone else do the cooking instead. The Christmas celebrations have also picked up and we are marking our calendars with Christmas concerts and sing-along’s.
It is easy to be inspired when you’ve got a new job, are going on holiday, or have just walked out of an amazing seminar. Unfortunately, for most of us, these moments are the exception rather than the norm. What do you do to keep your spirits up on a regular day, as you commute to work in a packed train or queue up at the supermarket checkout to pay for your groceries? How do you not just manage your responsibilities, but to put the fire back in your days?
If you live in the Nordics, you would understand why they say this is the most depressing time of the year. Here in Helsinki, the sun rises at 9am and sets at 3pm, and it gets pitch black soon after. On most days, you don’t even see the sun at all and what greets you is a dull shade of grey or rain. The Finns talk about the weather a lot and it is really a personal responsibility to keep your spirits up. And yes, it is true that the weather does affect your mood.
Friends and relatives have asked me: “Isn’t it boring to stay home all day with a new baby? How are you coping without the help of your family?”
Thankfully, we are blessed to have supportive friends and neighbours here, and I actually do enjoy my time and life a lot. I credit it to having habits that create daily inspiration. Here, I share some of them, divided into parts because I realised halfway through the writing that it was turning into a thesis. Never knew I was this long-winded!