This week I’ve gone 2018 crazy with the blog posts! I hope you guys aren’t too sick of the 2018 stuff yet. Whilst I totally agree that there’s no better time than right now to make the changes you’ve been wanting to make in your life. I also think that with every day, month, and especially year there comes this renewed sense of possibility and goals.
In light of my post on sobriety I wanted to add a few more things on wellness (Jay even gets a look in!) and what actions I’m taking for 2018 to improve my heath (both mental and physical).
Be Strict With Your Time if You’re Self-Employed
This is one I’m trying out for the first time this year. Since I work from home, I don’t have to be up at a certain time and my hours are totally up to me. Unless I’m heading into one of my MA classes I can decide my whole schedule for myself which often leaves me working in the evening when I’d rather be doing something with Jay. I’m going to try and stick to a certain schedule. I want to have all my work done before 6pm but things like reading blogs I can still enjoy after that time.
Take Care of Your Eyes
As someone who has just been prescribed glasses I am learning more about eye care now than ever before. My first hour wearing glasses happened to be a busy commute home on the Central Line and to say it was disorientating would been an understatement! This got me thinking; if my eyes will adjust to the depth change of wearing glasses (which they have) and allow me to see with crystal clarity, then surely there would be ways to speed up the process?
Common tips I received were to stay well hydrated (3 litres per day, more if you exercise) and using eye drops can always help, if you work in an office like me then take time to stare at an object far away and blink 20 times as constantly staring at things in close proximity makes the brain lazy. You should do this every hour at a minimum. Make sure you allocate time to not use anything with a screen for an hour or so after working at a computer all day. Definitely remove the blue light from your phone screen an hour before bed. This will help you sleep way better too.
Following this advice made sure I adjusted to my new glasses super quick. Going into this new year I feel my eyes are healthier than ever – sight is definitely my favourite sense! Your eyes are like a knife, keep them sharp and they will serve you well (and no one wants bad eyes and a sharp knife while trying to chop veggies!). Make one of your 2018 resolutions to look after your eyes. This could be as simple as getting your eyes tested, using better contacts, cleaning your eyes with solution or just good old fashioned hydration.
Give Yourself Breaks/Treats
If you’re self-employed, run a blog, or are a student you may often work on weekends. I work every day without fail. Both for myself and for a company who hires me to do their social media. It’s hard to take time for myself on days where I have done no work in the morning. I’ll be constantly worried about what time I’ll be home to get the work in. I think doing something, even a little bit, in the morning and then giving yourself time to relax and have a break in the day is so important for your mental health. It will probably have a positive effect on your work too.
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If You Hate the Gym, Try a New Activity/Sport to Keep Active
Undoubtedly there is a huge surge in gym memberships for January. I’m buying myself one next week because my gym is literally across the road. I don’t have an excuse and I also really like the gym. But for those of you who hate the gym, try a new class with a friend or your partner. My friend Rebecca and I started a pole dance class which was fun! I’ve also been Cheerleading for a few years but left after University. I’d love to give another team sport a go soon.
Write a Journal
This sounds kind of lame, but writing a diary or journal or whatever you want to call it can be very beneficial for your mental health. I’ve often found myself feeling so much better about a problem/event/situation after exploring my feelings in writing. It really is a cathartic action and can help you gain perspective on something you may have been worrying about.
I’d love to know if you have any goals or tips on wellness and physical and mental health for 2018. What are you hoping to improve upon for this year?
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