I can’t believe that yet anther year has passed. This year has been a bit of a roller coaster and I can’t say that I’m not glad to see it go. If you aren’t aware, early in the year my mom was diagnosed with cancer, so most of the year has been focused on that. On top of that her husband is chronically ill and has now spent half this year in the hospital. On the upside, in January I launched a new endevour that I’m really proud of – Chronic Illness Bloggers – a blogger network specifically for bloggers focused on chronic illness. I’ve also finally found help for a major pain problem that’s been plaguing me for three years. With so much going on I’ve really not focused on self-care as much as I should. There are a few things I’d planned to make time for this year but I’ve found I’ve not done nearly as good a job as I’d hoped. So, I’ll start again as we head into yet another new year.
This year I’m going to:
1. Make Time for Self-Care – Self-care this year is going to mean exercising more. Now that my shoulder is under control the variety of exercises I can do is greatly increased. I’m looking forward to a lot more Just Dance, in addition to my regular walking. I also need to start working on some weight bearing exercises again. I find that variety greatly increases the likelihood that I will workout regularly. I also find that working out regularly greatly improves my sleep and decreases the fatigue that I feel. Self-care also means eating right. I’ve done a terrible job of eating right this year. I’ve felt so overwhelmed that I rarely even cook a regular meal most nights. I need to get back to cooking healthy meals of whole foods. I also need to eat and drink a lot more fruits and vegetables and a lot less sugar and caffeine.
2. Make Time for Friends – As I started this past year my intent was to reconnect with some friends I’d not seen while I was so focused on school. To some degree I’ve been able to do that, but not nearly as much as I’d hoped. Between work and mom, there were many months this year where I didn’t really spend any time with friends. This year I want to make sure that I connect face-to-face with a friend at least once a month, preferably more than that. I also want to make an effort to make new friends. It’s not an easy task by any means, and it’s going to mean getting out of my comfort zone, but friends are a huge contributor to happiness.
3. Make time for Play – As we get older we don’t play nearly enough. I find that my husband and I are terrible about getting into ruts. We have one or two activities (poker) that we do all the time. As I started this past year I made a promise to myself to try one new thing a month. I didn’t do it. I did do two new things this past year. We went to an Escape Room and we visited a new place (even if it wasn’t intentional). I did also get to see Wicked! finally. So, that’s something. This year I want to return to last year’s resolution, though, and really make an effort to try something new every month.
4. Make time to Relax – As my new business has taken off, downtime has greatly decreased. I say that, but it’s probably not much decreased from that last semester in school. Once upon a time I made Sundays my downtime. I rarely left my pajamas and I didn’t pick up my computer. I caught upon whatever TV show I was binging at the time. Lately, I’ve not done that. Sundays have been just like every other day, crowded with too many things to do, too many emails to answer, or running errands with my husband. This year I want my Sundays back. I want to make time to relax so that I can face each new week relaxed.
5. Make Time to Learn – School may be behind me but there is no end to learning. One thing I have done this year is read a lot more. Not having to study for school or spend my reading time reading textbooks has allowed me a lot more time to read things that I enjoy. Included in those books I enjoy are nonfiction books that I can learn a lot from. I enjoy business books as well as health books. I’ve read some amazing health-related books this year, and I’ve already put a list together of books I plan to read in the coming year. But, books are not the only source for learning. I’ve got a number of webinars and online courses I plan to attend and take.
What do you find it most important to make time for? What do you not take enough time for and what will you be making time for in the coming year?