New Years Resolutions with a Sprinkle of Self Care
I am the type of person who loves a good old New Years resolution. Exercise more? Check. Read more books? Check. Learn to accept myself?... Err, yeah? I mean, I guess I could give that a go.
You see, although I revel in the whole "New year, new me" thing, I also find it can leave me feeling really downhearted when I can't stick to a resolution. And it's silly really because, when it comes to chronic illness, especially an illness as unpredictable as endometriosis, you will never know what is just around the corner, and, sometimes, plans must change.
I've found myself being a little more lenient over the last few years. I've set myself resolutions, some of which I've kept and some I haven't. And when I haven't been able to meet my own demands, yes, I've been annoyed, but then I've realized that there is still time for these things. Tomorrow is always a new day filled with endless possibilities.
With that in mind, I've tried to come up with some more achievable new years resolution suggestions...
Be kinder to myself
I constantly kick myself even when I'm already down. Get up off the sofa woman! There is no time for rest when there is work to be done! Take a step back and have a think. Does it matter if the cleaning isn't done today? Can you go shopping another day? Will that person really mind if you have to reschedule that coffee!? Because, it doesn't matter. The house won't collapse without you. Work will still be there tomorrow. A true friend won't mind in the slightest if you have to reschedule (and might even pop round to help you!).
I have to admit, I am the absolute worst when it comes to pacing! If I am having a "good" day (which are few and far between!), I will always fill it with as much activity as I can! Clean the entire house!Do all the shopping!... Oh! I could even do some exercise today! Of course, it never ends well. So, how about we change things up? Why not try doing a little activity and then having a little rest? Activity. Rest... And repeat!
Take a moment to breath
Take a seat. Catch your breath. Concentrate on how you are feeling and listen to what your body is telling you. Sometimes it's good to just sit in the silence of our own thoughts.
Drink more water!
I know you might have just rolled your eyes at this, but seriously, give it a go! Water is so important for our bodies. It cleanses us, it makes our skin brighter and above all, it keeps our bodies ticking and helps us go to the toilet!
Even if a treat is just sitting on the toilet without someone begging for your attention! It doesn't have to be much. Maybe a hot bath or going to the hairdressers. But you deserve it and it's important that you put yourself first sometimes.
What are your thoughts on New Years resolutions?
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