I know I’m a little late with this post, seeing where it is now the middle of January, but better late than never, right? The beginning of a new year is traditionally the time of making resolutions and then breaking those resolutions pretty quickly. I know, because I have done it countless times and have never reached the results I was hoping for. Overall, I find that making those resolutions usually doesn’t work because they are: a) unrealistic and b) not accounted for (“I’m going to lose 50 pounds by going to the gym but then going to eat fast food after!”). I’m sure everyone has their own little resolution they wish would just magically come true – getting a promotion at work, losing that bit of weight, or improving on themselves. Unfortunately, like most things in life, the good things don’t always come easy.
Over the past year or so I’ve been making small steps to improve my quality of life – my health, my wellness, and my mental health. I think it’s been working too – all by doing little things for myself throughout the year that add up to learning, growing as a person, and enjoying my alone time (which has become more valuable than ever after becoming a mom in 2017). I think my biggest life change was my pregnancy and having to take care of myself for once. No more skipping meals, no more stressing until I burst, and no more running myself ragged – for my baby’s health! As a result of all of those changes I learned how to let go of things a bit easier, deal with stress in a healthy way, and how to use tools to help my body deal with the major changes it has gone through in the last year. Anyone that knows me personally may laugh at this given that I’m a bit of a Type-A stressball on most days- but I think that I have improved so much as a person and deal with things much better than I did before my pregnancy. I took a Mommy and Baby yoga class that brought me a lot of peace and taught me how to stretch my body to cope with the changes it was undergoing (and is still going through). I also took a meditation course that taught me how to breathe, be present, and deal with stress in a healthy way. Finally, I learned how to ask for help when I needed it – help with parenting questions, help with the baby, help so I could go run an errand or have an hour or two to myself. The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child is so true – and I’m so thankful to all the hands and hearts that have helped me (directly or indirectly) raise my baby to the happy, healthy little boy he is!
From this “year of improvement” I have learned:
- Take some time for yourself – If you aren’t happy and recharged you often aren’t much good to those that need you. You are more stressed out, have a shorter temper, and can’t think logically at times. Step back, take an hour to yourself and just enjoy some quiet. The people in your life will thank you!
- Eat healthy – Yes, the carbs and fats and sugars are delicious, but your body will be much happier if you eat something with colour! Your energy level will go up, and your digestion will most likely improve.
- Stretch it out – Go exercise. However you want to do it, it will benefit you greatly. Walk, jog, go to the gym, swim, do a home workout, go to yoga, snowshoe/ski. There’s so many options around here for a place “with nothing to do”.
- De-Stress – Stress can wreak havoc with our bodies in so many ways and worrying doesn’t solve anything. It is so beneficial to figure out your way to de-stress and then use that tool when you need it. Some people need to talk their issues out, some need to exercise, and some need some alone time. I really found meditation to be beneficial for stress relief.
So, as a result of all this self-improvement talk, I thought it would be great to reach out to some local experts to get their list of what you should do to be your best self in 2018. So far, I have a few participants so I will share their words of wisdom over the next week or two. If you know of any Miramichi (or northern New Brunswick) based folks that may want to share their knowledge, send me a message on Facebook or comment below!
I hope you enjoy this blog series, and let me know what your own self-improvement goals are for 2018 – maybe it is something we can cover in the series. Thanks for visiting!