Health & Fitness · Lifestyle · Mindfulness · Wellbeing

My Mindful September

I apologise that I have been absent from blogging over the last few weeks.

Working in a Primary School as a Business Manager is sometimes all-consuming and these last three weeks have been particularly busy with the start of a new academic year. I have been working in excess of 60 hrs a week and so I am exhausted in the evenings and I have been falling asleep on the sofa most nights.

I also had to squeeze in a day off to go to my daughter’s graduation at Canterbury Cathedral. It was a long, but enjoyable day, and I am a very proud mumma as she graduated with a 2:1 degree in Dance Education. A real achievement for someone with mild dyslexia. She is now working in a special needs school in London and is planning to take on further studies next year doing a Masters Degree in Dance Psychotherapy. 

These last three weeks have been made all the more tiring after slipping on some wet leaves and sustaining a pretty serious ankle/foot injury, which has left me with a second degree sprain and torn ligaments. I am required to wear an air brace for 4 – 6 weeks and rest as much as possible (easier said than done for a workaholic like me). I am not the most patient of people and rather than doing what the Doctor ordered I have been running around as normal and last weekend I decided to leave my ankle brace off for a day out. Big big mistake. I was in a lot of pain the following day and have probably set myself back a week. When will I learn??

Even though I was in pain the following day I thoroughly enjoyed my day out last Saturday at the Salute to the 40’s festival at Chatham Historical Dockyard. It was a day full day of events, memorabilia and vintage shopping. We will be going back to the Dockyard to do the tour as we couldn’t fit everything in, in the one day. If you love history or the military I would definitely recommend a visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Anyway the day was amazing and I even decided to make the effort to dress up (as best I could as I did need to wear something supportive on my feet). I loved the fact that my hair is a little longer and I was able to wear it with a little bit of a victory curl. I added red lipstick too which is something I tend to shy away from as I think it is too bold for me. There are not many photo’s of myself that I love. I always feel that I am totally un-photogenic, but I have to say I actually loved the photo’s from last weekend. Particularly the one below. 

 I have received so many lovely comments from people that I decided to embrace this look again on a brief visit to our local pub last night.

Over on Instagram this month on my @wigglewhenyouwalk account I have been taking part in a photo challenge called #mymindfulseptember

This has been a bit of a godsend this month as it has made me think about and appreciate the simple things in life. I will miss it next month but I have created a fantastic set of prompts on the @mystylephotochallenge which are all about popular hashtags. It will be fun to see everyone’s interpretation. And at the same time provide me with a little diversion from the fact that I cannot go to the gym for at least another four weeks. I am missing my workouts as they keep me mentally and physically fit which is very important at this time of year as I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and exercise goes someway to relieving the severity of the symptoms.

Today I am feeling a little low. But that may be because I am still in a little pain and I have woken up with a rotten cold… Perks of working in a school !!  But it’s not all bad. It has forced me to slow down, cancel the plans we had made and instead camp out on the sofa watching catch-up TV and writing some blog posts.

I hope you enjoy reading the following few posts I have written (that will be posted over the next couple of days) They cover a variety of subjects including my “Shopping my Wardrobe” challenge, my top tips for dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder and my alternative health & fitness plan to try to maintain my weight and body shape while recovering from an injury.

Tonight I am looking forward to an M&S Meal for Two bought and cooked by my hubby, a couple of glasses of wine and Strictly Come Dancing on the TV. I do love Saturday nights in during Autumn & Winter.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Thank you for reading.

Melanie xxxx


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