New Year’s resolutions are hard. We make them, and by February we’ve completely forgotten we even made resolutions. I don’t usually make resolutions. Who sticks to them anyway? Instead, I try to set goals. Goals that are realistic and attainable. I want to make this a year of wellness and self-care. I’ve done pretty well over the last couple of years of slowly easing myself into better routines, but I’d like to make a priority.
I work a sometimes stressful job, sitting in a cubicle all day. Glamorous right? I spend about an hour and 45 minutes each day commuting to and from work. I try to leave the stress at work and focus on other things once I’m out of the office and my wellness is one of them. I think adding a few more things to my self-care routine this year would really help me live a more balanced lifestyle.
Add meditation to my daily routine. I know I’ve mentioned here and there that I’d like to try meditating each day. Nothing crazy maybe like 5-10 minutes tops. I added the Headspace app to my phone last summer (the free version), did it once and then never again. I liked it I just haven’t been able to find the time to actually sit down and meditate each day. This year I want to try and make it a priority. I don’t know if in the mornings is the best time to squeeze it in or at night?
Drink turmeric tea each night. I’ve finally found a turmeric powder I like. Most turmeric tea powders I’ve tried I just haven’t liked the flavor. Right before Christmas I bought this one from Gaia Herbs and I really liked it. It’s mixed with a couple of other things like dates, black pepper, vanilla, and ashwagandha. I know turmeric has plenty of benefits so besides my daily collagen I’d like to add this to my routine also.
Stay on the workout train. I flip flop back and forth between sticking to an exercise routine and then taking a few weeks off when things get busy or I just get lazy and that’s ok but I’d like to even if I am busy workout two days a week at a minimum. I still love spin classes and Peloton Cycle so I’ll never give that up but I’ve recently purchased the BodyBoss workouts. I’ve done about 3 workouts from them and I really liked it. This year I want to focus on the BodyBoss workouts and keep up with at home spin classes.
Walk daily. This is so much easier to do when the weather is nice. Winters in NY can be rough. Bomb Cyclone anyone? Once the 20 degree weather rolls in with the snow and ice it’s pretty hard to go for walks before or after work. So instead during the colder months, I’d like to go for walks on my lunch break around my building lobby (it’s big enough).
Make time for reading more. I do like to read but I maybe read about one book a month. I really do have more time to read at night if I just watch less TV. I’d like to try and read about 2 books a month and cut out some of the TV time at night. Send me your book recommendations! You can add me on Goodreads too to see what I’ve read already.
What changes are you going to try and focus on for 2018?
What are some of your self-care tips?