Is my Happiness Project making me happier?
The short answer is yes, I definitely think it is. To go deeper into it, let me explain why. This year started out with Tom in the hospital. I was determined to start my walking on the first day of 2020 and so I walked the halls of the hospital. It was so tempting to wait until after he got out of the hospital and “start on Monday” but I just had this feeling if I didn’t start then, I wouldn’t start at all. So I started. What I found out pretty quickly was that the walking helped me deal with the stress of the hospital stay. Before the end of January, Tom landed in the hospital again and this time I knew I needed to keep up my walking to help me stay sane and I did. Each month I’ve added things to my resolution list to improve my health (drinking water, eating fruits and veggies, tracking food and blood sugar) and these things are really helping me feel stronger and better each day. Don’t get me wrong, there are bad days or tired days. But I just feel better, which was my goal. Sure, I’d like to lose weight, but more than that, I just want to feel good.
In addition to the healthy changes I’m making, I’ve been working on getting control of the paperwork monster and the clutter in our house. Working on those has also made me feel stronger and better. I don’t feel near as stressed about stuff and having things organized has helped me to be able to take care of things when they come up. For example, when we got a bill for Tom’s ER visit from December that hadn’t been filed with the insurance, I already had a copy of his insurance card handy that I could send them in order to get it filed. I got our taxes filed on time, even with the extended deadline for this year and it’s so great to have that weight off my plate.
Being home because of the coronavirus has helped me to really work on some of these things and that’s been a blessing. So even though it’s tough financially, I am focusing on the positives of the situation. I also feel like it has allowed me to get into a better eating routine that I can carry back into life when it gets busier.
So yes, my Happiness Project is helping me feel happier and I am thankful that I started it.