I hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas, it came and went so quickly, but now that Christmas is over and the new year is around the corner, its time to reflect and think about what we hope for in this coming year. I really don’t like the phrase ‘new years resolutions’ but i’m all for self improvement and growing as a person, so instead i’m going to look at some bad habits I would like to break next year and some good habits I will continue doing.
Bad habit number 1 – Stop Over committing myself
Us humans love to talk about how stressed we are, and we are, we have stressful jobs, juggle many roles and we have endless to do lists. Although some stress is productive, i’m pretty sick of hearing myself say ‘I’m stressed, I’m so tired.” when asked how I am. As actually sometimes we can and do create our own stress. We want to ensure our life is full of meaningful activities and we do not want to miss out on anything, AND we want to get everything right.
I did a lot in 2017 and although I am very grateful for that, I also felt unnecessary stress in parts, so those activities actually felt a little less meaningful. I over committed myself to places I needed to be, events I should book up, ( I even attended a gig with my knee in a brace, in pain, in fear of missing out- more stress then it was worth). I agreed to jobs and took on things that were not even my job role, that others had not cared to do.
So in 2018, I intend, and not in selfish way, but to learn to take back my own time, learn when to say yes or no. To understand I do not need to go to everything for my life to feel meaningful and full, and I intend to share the load, rather than take on too much.
I no longer want to create my own stress.
Bad Habit number 2 – Buying a coffee when i dont need it
I love coffee and finding new coffee shops, so I wont be stopping this one entirely, but I do know my own body and I know that sometimes a coffee can make me feel more anxious, hyper, nervous and then crash and I feel a lot worse. I need to break the habit of buying a coffee just because its on my way home, i’m not even tired, or thirsty, so did i need that coffee on the way home that now has me bouncing off the walls?! Probably not. So I intend to break the habit….and cut down.
Bad Habit Number 3 – Not adding Self Care into my work Schedule
I am a big believer in self care and at home I practice self care when ever I feel I need it. But when I am in work mode, I really don’t. I work with vulnerable teenagers, who are amazing, but very demanding of me. I am passionate about what I do, but its long hours and I sometimes forget that I can stop for a minute, and do something for myself.
This doesn’t mean to be lazy or unproductive, but I need to make a promise to myself that I will take time to recuperate, recenter, and refocus. That way, I can give back more and make more of an impact with the young people I work with. This can be anything from a walk on a lunch break, some quiet time, stopping on a long drive, making enough time for a healthy lunch and a cup of tea, just slowing down and refocusing. I think we should all be making sure we are adding self-care into our work schedules, whether that is as a parent, at an office or physical work, and not letting anything take away from that time.
I was once told ” Don’t exhaust yourself for a job that if you died, would replace you in a week” Bit morbid, but you get my point. Your emotional well being and physical health comes first, as it is ourselves who face the consequences from not looking after it.
Bad Habit number 4 – Moaning at my boyfriend.
Oh come on, I cant help it, he should think to do things more so I don’t have to moan, but i’l try and moan a little less…..maybe. No one likes a moaning Myrtle.
Bad Habit number 5 – Going on my phone instead of concentrating on that book.
I love books, I have so many books, I hear great reviews about a new book and off I go to purchase it, day dreaming on the way home of me curled up on the sofa, with a hot drink and my new amazing book that is going to have me gripped. REALITY- Three pages later, I’m sat on my phone scrolling through pages on Instagram, chatting to friends who are probably fine to wait for me to finish this chapter of the book. Its an awful habit and one i’m sure many can relate to. Its a habit I’m determined to break…… as soon as I finish writing this post.
Habits I will continue in 2018
Putting myself out there.
Enjoying where I am at.
Being Productive and Positive.
Supporting my friends.
Spending time with those I love.
The year feels fresh and new and we all have these intentions of being this perfect person again this year. But instead of setting yourself huge goals that are hard to reach, set yourself some kinder intentions and remember to look at all the great habits you do have and great things that you do…..and continue to do so.
The rest will follow.
Happy New Year x