Can Chaos Lead to Calm? My Surprising Start to 2024

Clare - This Is Still Me♥️
5 min readFeb 20, 2024

Hello lovelies,

I’m finally getting myself back into the swing of things with my blog posts after taking a much-needed extended break over the Christmas period. Well, I say break. I was still writing, but I wanted to shake things up a little bit, so I needed a little bit longer.

After thinking about what I want to achieve in 2024, I didn’t throw myself in with reckless abandon on the 1st of January. Instead, I took small baby steps. I have to say, after a rocky start, it’s not going too bad.

I didn’t go back to work until the 8th of January, so I thought I would kick off my action plan then and make the most of the final days off.

Body Breakthrough

I got straight back into it on the first Monday back with a 3-mile morning walk. I did a strength training session the following day and then another 3-mile walk the day after that. I was killing it!

Later that Wednesday, I started to feel like I was coming down with something. This always seems to happen when I try to live a healthier lifestyle, but rather than give in and say healthy living is not for me, I decided to ask Auntie Google.

I was surprised to learn that my body was probably releasing something to repair my muscles, making you feel flu-like symptoms. Wow, that’s pretty bloody clever of the body! Still, this did not help me in that moment. I was exhausted; my hormones were playing havoc and making my gums sore, and on top of that, I had work to do.

I decided that I was going to break the habit of a lifetime and do what I always talk about doing but never actually do. I was going to listen to my body and go back to bed. It was screaming at me for rest.

I think I managed to dose off for an hour, then, but I laid in bed watching some TV before getting up, taking some ibuprofen, mainly to relieve the mouth pain, and got down to work. I was feeling a bit better.

I decided to take a rest from exercise the following day, which wasn’t the plan, but I knew that going against my body was not going to do me any favours in the long run.

This, of course, meant that my carefully planned work schedule was now in disarray, which would usually send me into a slight panic. But, I realised that what I had “always done” no longer worked for me, so I did something different. I went with the flow.

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Clare - This Is Still Me♥️

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