I always like to do things a little differently, so I do not set my resolutions for the New Year in January – I wait until February and here are my reasons why.
Under pressure to recite them off at 00:01 – let me enjoy the fireworks and champagne, once all the festivities have died down then I can take
Not how I wanted to end 2018
The last few months of 2018 did not go to plan as I ended up in hospital for 6 days, followed a month later with surgery – so all my plans and trips were cancelled and the focus was on my health. I am so thankful to the staff who looked after me, especially on surgery day when I cried for no reason!
Me time – yes I need to focus on me. I was a workaholic and would spending mornings, evenings and weekends on emails and work tasks (probably a small contributing factor to my illness), – well that will be changing this year.
You are the priority
According to the Mental Health Foundation, January is one of the months in which we can suffer most from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), combined with the first two weeks in January my workload rockets – I can do without the added pressure of “sticking to my new goal”. For more information and support on SAD and any other mental health issues visit Mental Health Foundation or your local GP.
Leftover food – Despite yearly plan of “cooking less” there are still mince pies and Christmas cake hiding in various cupboards, so rather than waste them, I enjoy them (they give me the motivation to finish my work).
80% of us will fail by February in our new quests – The Business Insider article looks at the psychology behind why we fail in our New Year’s Resolutions: with 55% of resolutions focusing on health and 20% on finances.
So taking all of the above into consideration – what will my February resolutions be:
Exercise more – Yes, yes, yes I hear you scream that old chestnut – however with all the pre-Christmas health issues I managed to lose 7kg prior to my operation and on reflection I feel so much better for it. I love swimming and I find it is the perfect way to start the day. So I am looking forward to getting back in the pool. Also going for long walks. There is nothing like wrapping up warm and taking a stroll in the crisp cold, yet sunny day. Oh, wait this is the UK and it is more like damp and drizzly conditions!
Continue drinking water. In preparation for my surgery and help with the recovery, I had to drink 2 litres of water a day. In the morning I wake up my system with hot water and fresh lemon. There are also many benefits to drinking water; flushes out
Focus on finances – I am not Shopaholic but could do with a bit more discipline (sorry OPI), however, one area that I could never miss out on is travelling. Any excuse to jump on a plane and visit new (and favourite), destinations I will do it.
Read more – If I get the time and a “don’t put me down” book I can usually read from cover to cover in a day. I started reading Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” last year and hopefully, I will complete it this year! When I was on a business trip to Phoenix I bought Liane Moriarty’s “Big Little Lies” and read it before watching it on TV (the book wins), so have added a few more of her books to the collection.
Did you set any resolutions for this year? More importantly is the momentum still there? Let me know in the comments below, or drop me an email.