Just so you’re aware, I have written and now re-written this particular post because I just keep learning new things! I never thought I would run out of things to do. Life seems to get too busy for me to have any down time. The past couple of YEARS has been anything but relaxing. If I am not at work or studying, I would be home with the family or out with my friends. I think I took that for granted. If you are following me on wordpress or twitter, you might have read my latest post about my first day on placement. It wasn’t until Friday, last week that it really hit me how alone I was here. I found my cat Panda’s fur on my pea coat and started crying. I miss her so much! Of course, I also miss my family, my boyfriend and my friends!
1. Time to Focus on Health
Ever since I came to sydney, I have had to walk and catch the train everywhere. I see this as a blessing more than anything else! I have managed to get my 10k steps and more each day and I have been able to fit in exercises after I get back from placement. Not only is this beneficial for my health, it takes my mind off the fact that I am going home to an empty apartment and exercise is known to release endorphins, dopamine and other feel good hormones that just takes your mind off things. I have done a few runs across the Harbour Bridge followed by a self-guided tour of the Rocks in Sydney. Which brings me to my next point.
2. Explore your Surroundings
When you are by yourself, you feel like you have all the time in the world. You don’t have to go by anyone’s schedule but your own. Although I have yet to explore many places as it has been difficult to keep track of life and to be motivated to do work at home, I have done a bit of exploring of the Rocks in Sydney. It’s a picturesque spot, perfect for someone like me who is a tourist at heart! The best part about exploring.. the food.
3. Discovering new food
One of the things I will miss from living in Sydney is the food. My favourite dumplings spot just a mere 13 minutes away on the train, Fresh Seafood at the Sydney Fish Market and don’t even get me started on the dessert places! Phở restaurants at every corner. It is truly a foodie heaven!
4. Eating Healthy and Cooking
I am a big supporter of health! For the past 5 years I have been trained to educate people about health and the importance of exercise. However, Food is my weakness. I can’t turn down good food, no matter how unhealthy it may be. I can eat in moderation but I love to try new food and “healthy” food is not really a deal breaker for me. I know it’s not great but I figured I might as well enjoy the wonderful things life has to offer and as it happens, food is a wonderful thing! With less people around me, I am less tempted to eat “bad” food. I am also learning to cook with fresher ingredients. I will continue to eat whatever I want but I will start to moderate it from now on! That’s a promise I made to myself the first week I came here! The cooking also helps as everything is so expensive here in sydney!
5. Get into a routine
I have this nice routine going where I start my week with a nice run to Luna park or across the bridge before going to work and then coming home, having breakfast and continue the rest of my day. Although routine is probably the last thing anyone wants to get into, I must admit that having a slight structure in my life feels good. I feel like I can do a lot more things here! A little bit of routine can save a lot of time to enjoy the spontaneous things in life.