I have been everywhere on the new year’s resolutions scale.
There have been years where I haven’t set any.
There have been years where I’ve set a simple, single goal (pay off my credit cards in full, read X number of books, etc.).
And there have been years when I’ve gone a little cray-cray and written some big old list of things I want to achieve, only to run out of steam by January 7th/February/April when life throws an inevitable spanner into the works!
This year I’m going to do something a little different. I love the start of the year and the potential it holds for new adventures, fresh starts and new beginnings. Added in with some changes personal to me this January, there’s a good opportunity for positive developments.
I’m going to try something a little different, basing my resolutions in forming habits and staggered changes. This year I really want to focus on myself and my wellness and wellbeing – less in an oh-my-gosh-must-lose-weight-RIGHT-NOW way, but more in a self-care, health-improving, fitness-building way. I don’t feel at my prime at the moment, and I’d love to improve my fitness, eating and sleep habits gradually over the year.
Each month I’m going to introduce a new wellness habit and a new fitness habit. My hope is that for each habit the first month will create novelty, the second will be the ‘work’ month to get it to really stick, and by the third month it’ll be a habit that’s more ingrained and easier to just do. I’ve used this methodology with other habits I’ve wanted to cultivate so I’m excited to apply it to my health.
So without further ado, here are January’s habits.
Wellness: No playing on my phone or iPad before bed. So simple, but this is such a naughty habit of mine, even though I know it’s a bad idea. But now I’ve set up a station across the room for devices, and I’m hopeful that this habit will become an easy process. A least a half-hour/hour before rest I’ll be logging off and plugging them in till morning.
Fitness: Five walks a week of 30 minutes or more. I love walking and find that walking time is often my best time for thinking up new ideas, processing information, and relieving stress. I’m keen to focus on this habit and make it a part of my days again.
I have chosen this path because I want my new year’s resolutions to come from a place of self-love and kindness. I’m tired of looking after myself poorly (for someone who can be such a mother hen, I can sure be a total meanie to myself). I’m excited to see where this journey may lead, and I’ll be keeping you posted as we move through 2017.
Do you have any resolutions this year?