Happy New Year to all my readers! I’m writing my first blogpost of 2018 and it feels good to be back. With Christmas and New Year celebrations now coming to an end, I thought a blogpost about New Years resolutions would be a nice topic to start on.
Christmas and New Year break
My Christmas and new year break was lovely. I got to go home, spend time with family and friends and not think about work for two weeks! Amazing. Whilst I enjoyed myself, I also found myself struggling much more with my anxiety than I expected. My daily routine was obsolete. I had plans every day and was travelling quite a lot to see everyone in different places. Naturally, big social gatherings were a part of this.
It was difficult. I was actually quite shocked at how much I struggled, despite the fact that I’ve come leaps and bounds with my mental health. It’s a learning curve however, and I have a lot of support and a very understanding fiancé. It helped me to further identify some of my triggers, as well as making me realise that I need to have self care days. When you’re working, weekends are pretty much a given. With Christmas holidays, I didn’t actually set aside any time to just relax. Mentally and physically, I was actually quite tired. Nevertheless, it taught me a lot about myself and reminded me that I will have a few bumps in the road every now and then.
How do I choose?
So, each New Year we set ourselves a goal. For some of us, we take it very seriously and see how far we’ve come at the end of the year, for others, they forget what their New Years resolution was after about a month or so. Last year I made the mistake of choosing a resolution that essentially, isn’t something you can work towards. My resolution was to be happy. At this point, I wasn’t getting help fo my anxiety. Being happy isn’t something you can achieve, it’s just something you are. I touch on this a little more in one of my earlier blogposts. This year, I tried to think about how my life had changed in a positive way and what led me down this path.
Take each day as it comes
I’m a planner. I spend a lot of time worrying, thinking about the past, thinking about the future, when all I really need to do is focus on the day. Ultimately, the decision wasn’t so difficult after all.
Enjoy the moment
That’s my New Years resolution for 2018. If I have the opportunity to be happy, I want to enjoy it. I don’t want to worry about what other people think or what I should be doing this weekend, I want to be able to push it aside and focus on the moment. I know that this isn’t easy when life throws incredibly difficult situations at you, but as an overall resolution, I feel it’s a nice resolution to work towards.
What are your New Years Resolutions?
It’d be great to hear what your resolution is this year. Is it related to your career, mental health or personal goals? Mine are never really particularly exciting. Up until now, my standard New Years resolution was to lose weight (typical, I know). However, for those who are more exciting and adventurous than me, I’d be keen for you to share. Feel free to pop me a link to a blogpost or leave a comment. I’m also on Twitter 🙂
New blog content
I’ve got some nice new content coming soon to my blog. I’ll be touching on my favourite Netflix shows at the moment and a new fitness app that I’m finding really useful to help monitor my eating habits. I ate quite a bit of cake over the Christmas period and I’m not going to lie, I’ve gone up a size in jeans! I hope you enjoy reading it 🙂