I’ve been so busy posting about all the other things that have been going on, I almost forgot to post my New Year goals. This year I decided instead of calling them resolutions (which I swear in some other language means epic fail), I’m calling them self care goals. When I went to my psychiatrist and was diagnosed with bipolar depression, he asked me how often I took care of myself and my needs. I honestly didn’t have a good answer for him. “I mean I eat and sleep and bathe if that’s what you are talking about.” I told him thinking that was a good answer. It was not. He wanted to know how often I did things that were specifically for me. Shopping for a new purse or going for a mental health walk to clear my mind, or getting my nails done. I rarely did these things. So he asked that I start carving out time for myself in order to continue my path to well being. I have done this and I have to say that it does make me feel better to do little things for myself. I have compiled a list of self care goals that I would like to maintain this year in order to continue on my path to health, happiness and harmony as I like to call it.
- Set aside time to do yoga every day. Whether it is a full yoga routine for my workout, or just some light yoga before bedtime to stretch muscles and get ready for a good night’s sleep, yoga needs to be part of my daily routine. No excuses.
- Get a manicure and pedicure as needed (usually every two weeks). I love having pretty nails and toes and getting the pampering treatment does my heart good. I look forward to my “spa day” even if it’s just a couple hours worth of pampering.
- Get haircuts and color touch ups regularly. If I want to look a certain way then I have to maintain my canvas. Having a pretty haircut and rich vibrant color helps me with my self image. I actually enjoy looking in the mirror now because I look “put together”.
- Take better care of my skin. I’m not getting any younger and so far I don’t look my age at all. However, taking the extra steps to wash my face twice a day and moisturize morning and night isn’t going to kill me. I already purchased the products I need to do so and have been keeping up the routine for a few days now. I have to say my skin feels great and there’s nothing better than having that fresh clean feeling!
- Continue with good eating habits, try new recipes and don’t eat my emotions. I’m a comfort eater so when I feel stressed I eat. I have now been able to identify that I do this and know when I’m opening the fridge for hunger or when I’m opening the pantry or freezer for comfort. When I’m hungry I will always gravitate towards healthy foods because my allergies keep me on a very strict diet. When I’m in need of comfort, I’ll get cookies and ice cream and muffins and items that are empty calories and have no business in my face. I will eat an entire pint of the Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Dairy Free ice cream without a regret in the world, at least until I get bloated and lethargic from all the sugar I just consumed. I know that I have no self control when it comes to dessert type items, so if I don’t have them around, they won’t be a temptation.
- Take more walks outside. I’m blessed by living in Florida and having outdoor weather all year round. There might a day here or there where it’s too “chilly” out to be outside but those days are few and far between. I love hiking and exploring new places, especially when I can do so with my hubby. Even if it’s just a walk through our complex, being out and getting some sun and breeze is always good for the soul.
This is my little list. I’m sure I will add to it as I find things that fit it’s theme. For now these are my base structure, a solid foundation of self care necessities that will get me started on a positive journey for a new year. I always say every year that I will focus on my health, that lasts until mid February and then the excuses start coming out. I want this year to be different and the only person who can make it different is me. No more silly excuses (I’m too tired, I didn’t sleep well), no more whining about not losing weight. ( I walk two miles a day 6 days a week why have I not lost a single pound?) If I’d just stay consistent and not worry so much about seeing results, then I’m certain by the end of the year I’d be amazed at how far I’d come.