Every year I like to set myself some small resolutions for the year. As much as I think change can be implemented at any point in the year, I find New Year that moment of motivation for self-improvement. I recently reflected on the goals and resolutions I set myself for 2018; click here to be redirected to the post, so I thought I would share the resolutions I have set myself for 2019.
I only ever briefly talk about my mental health on my blog, but one of my resolutions for 2019 is to start focusing on my mental health more, gaining a better personal understanding of my own barriers, and seeking ways to actively improve it. Alongside this, I want to engage in self-care more this year. I’m going to set aside a whole evening every month, or even two weeks, to fully pamper myself and take time to myself and detach from busy life. This could be having a long candle-lit, bubble bath and reading a book, putting on a face mask or doing a full skincare routine, speeding an evening catching up on youtube ot watching my favourite film, you get the gist. Just something to show myself and my mind a little love and TLC. With this, I want to start doing yoga, more for my mind but also for my body too. I want to first commit to doing yoga (at home) three times a week, and see how I find it from there.
My next resolution for 2019 is to work out at least once a week. I know this isn’t a lot, but small steps, and once I get into a routine and commit myself to one day a week, I will then push this to two and then maybe three. I joined a netball team last year, and we play every Tuesday. However, when there is breaks between seasons, I find my mental health declines, and I think playing netball every week is that stress release and socialisation that I look forward to and it great mentally and physically for me. So, if there are weeks when I’m not playing netball, I want to still commit to doing some form of exercise to keep my mental health up and steady, whether that be a long walk, run, swim, playing another sport or anything else.
Also this year I want to learn to work effectively and efficiently. I am forever drowning in university work and always becoming more and more overwhelmed as the term continues, so this year I want to start becoming more structured with how I work, i.e. prioritisation and organisation.
I absolutely love reading, but the only time I dedicate myself to sitting and reading a book is on holiday when we are having chilled days on the beach or around the pool. I was to start incorporating this habit into everyday life, so my resolution is to improve the amount I read and ensure I read at least 10 pages of a book every single day. 10 is not a lot of pages, but it means that even on busy days I need to set myself 5 minutes aside to sit and enjoy a good read. I have a whole list of books I want to read, check out my ‘To-Read List‘ for some examples, and I want to power through them all this year.
My resolution last year was to take more photos, I did this but with this I now have a camera roll of nearly 10,000 photos (yes, it’s bad I know), so firstly I need to sort, organise, backup and print these photos, then my resolution for 2019 will be to take photos and organise/print them straight away. I cherish photos so much, and I love looking back through them, so want to store and file them all and make photo albums and scrapbooks with all the memories in.
These are effective but manageable resolutions for 2019, which I feel I can really stick to if I put my mind to it.
What are your new year’s resolutions?
Have you caught up on my last post? – What a Year: 2018 in Review
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