I’m a day late to the party but here goes: I’ve decided that in 2016 I’m going to look after myself better. In every way.
I’m going to make more of an effort with physical exercise. After missing a few months of roller derby training (knee injury) I think I lost a bit of motivation because it stopped being part of my routine. It’s a shame as I did really enjoy it. So I’m going to show more commitment to that again and also try to do some Pilates or yoga. I asked Rob for a yoga DVD for Christmas for that reason – not that owning the DVD will ensure I do it but it will give me the flexibility I need to fit it around my day. I start work early which means I finish early too and am often home by 5pm which is great but it’s tricky to fit around exercise classes which tend to be later in the evening. If I’m realistic I know that once I’m home and settled in the winter I struggle to go out again a few hours later so at least having a DVD means I can do it as soon as I get in and then I have the rest of the evening to relax.
But I’m also going to look after myself better. And by that I mean listening to my body and my mind more – doing things when I want to or feel like I should do them and resting when I feel like I need to. This all links to learning when to say more, which I touched upon in my blog post about things I’ve learned in 2015.
If I fancy some chocolate, I might have some. But I’ll try not to have it every day! Everything in moderation and all that. If I don’t fancy exercising I may not do it. So long as I’m doing exercise sometimes, on the odd occasion where I don’t fancy it because I don’t feel well, I’ll listen to my body and rest up instead. Sometimes the best thing for you is to get out and do some physical exercise. Other times it’s having an early night and a good sleep.
My mum and I tried the recreate this photo, taken a year earlier
I’ll try to do more of the things that make me happy – be it phoning friends that I miss, booking in weekends with my family, reading a book, having a film fest, going for a walk on the seafront. You get the gist.
It’s all in the name of taking care of number one.
I read a brilliant article on The Guardian website (well actually, it’s an excerpt from a book) yesterday by Sarah Knight which touches upon these topics too. Give it a read if you have a few minutes: Drowning in commitments? It’s time to stop giving a damn.
Wish me luck!