Good morning, it’s 7am here, I’m standing in my kitchen typing this while my oatmeal is cooking in the stove. Three things have been on my mind lately and they all connect: hygge, Oprah’s book and recharging energy.
Let me try to connect them. Last year I was introduced to the danish word hygge, a lifestyle philosophy where people who adopt it are suppose to be happier than most. The reason for that is: they take their time to appreciate the little things that makes them happy. Things like a cup of tea, a walk in nature, a good book, etc. It’s really interesting to me because I pretty much live already by those rules. Then yesterday, I started listening to Oprah’s book called “What I know for sure”, I had this book on my reading list for a while, and it kept popping up everywhere I looked, so I decided to give it a try. I don’t know much about Oprah, at least no more than the average person does and I can’t consider myself a fan, but I was curious. So far, a few hours in, the book seems to be a descriptive representation of the hygge lifestyle. But no, she doesn’t mention this philosophy in the book, at least, not so far, but I couldn’t stop connecting both. She talks about the happiness you get from your favorite things, taking the time to enjoy them everyday, even if it’s one little bit of them. It’s a light read but definitely one that is bringing me comfort. I am already looking forward to finishing it today as I paint my new client commissions. I listen to audiobooks when I paint, it helps me take my time with each piece.
Wow this oatmeal is taking a while, which is a good thing, more time to write. And something else has been on mind. The idea that I need to recharge my energy after being in contact with someone. The only person right now I don’t feel I need a break from it’s my husband, I can recharge by his side as long as we aren’t talking.
After talking to people either on the phone or in person, sometimes even for 5 minutes, or even scrolling through social media, I feel like my energy diminishes right away. I start having difficulties concentrating and to get it back takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes me an entire day to start to feel better depending on how long my contact with other humans was. The kind of people I am around makes a difference but not that much. This need to recharge my energy didn’t become clear until recently. I though I was just antisocial, even though that didn’t make sense because I do like to hang out and feel lonely sometimes too. I’m not sure why this happens to me, or if it happens with lots of other people, some people classify introverts that way. Figuring out how to avoid human contact for most of the week so I can focus, feel energized and happy is a challenge. I’m currently figuring out what are the things I can implement in my life to minimize the energy drain and to bring me back to life faster. Things like meditation, yoga, healthy eating, exercise, journaling, less TV, less time on my phone (which may come to a surprise to most people but I spend an average of only half hour a day on it now). I will talk more about this in the future as it’s become so important to me. I need my routines like I need oxygen. This obviously is a lot easier to handle now that I work for myself at home. When I used to work in the film industry, I would come home destroyed, exhausted. On my days off, I wouldn’t want to leave the couch. I think this was one of the biggest reasons why I quit that career. Even thought I didn’t know it then.
That’s all for today, it’s time to enjoy my oatmeal and that according to Oprah, gets 5 stars on my list of things that make me happy.
Thanks for reading.