This year, I have decided, is a year of working for me. Last year I had a rough time and kinda let myself go in more ways than one. While I have left that crap go, I decided to set things straight this time around.
This is hard, make no mistake, and I’ll have to fight myself, my anxieties, and my insecurities every day to get there, but I’m working on ME, and there is nothing that has more intrinsic worth in itself than that.
These are the habits I’m trying to implement, build. and/or maintain:
- Drinking some serious water.
This should be easy, right? The truth is I forget about it and my skin and energy levels pay dearly for it. I also hate having to pee all the freaking time. But you know what? I’ll suck it up. I have put a HUGE glass bottle on my desk right in front of me to reming me to drink, dammit, drink!
No intention to sound like a hippy or anything, but I’m a SERIOUSLY anxious person, and somehow, this little thing (takes 10 minutes) helps me keep my nerves in check.
I was always a journal writer, until I wasn’t. I don’t know what happened along the way, or when I decided I didn’t have time for it, but stopping this was a huge mistake. I NEED to journal. Writing is how I process my thoughts, and while my daily activities and work allow me to do this partly, the degree of freedom granted by a journal where you can examine anything and express anything freely is priceless and irreplaceable. My Type A control-freak brain someone relaxes a bit once I put my worries down onto paper. And yes, for me sometimes paper has a special therapeutic value that I can’t explain. Try it.
- Power Posing & Affirmations.
Have I mentioned I’m anxious, like, 98% of the time? It’s part of why I love stories so much. When I’m writing I’m a Goddess in ABSOLUTE CONTROL of that universe, and when I’m reading or watching a movie or TV show, I’m absorbed by those worlds in a way that doesn’t allow my brain to think of monsters or scary what-ifs. Power posing is one of the strangest things ever because it makes absolutely no sense, but somehow it works, you know? And affirmations are important because you must be kind to yourself and remember anything you repeat enough times, you end up believing.
I hate exercise. I have no idea why since I was a sporty child. So I’m bribing myself. I give myself a small treat after a work out, and when I achieve my goal fitness level, I’ll treat myself to some very expensive jeans. That’s the deal. I don’t enjoy it, hope to at some point, but I can’t deny it is very important and can’t be avoided.
- Doing more Yoga.
I very much like Yoga. That’s weird, right? I just stated I hate exercise. The thing is, Yoga for me feels more like a physical meditation than a proper work out, even if it is the later as well.
- Limiting my email & social media time.
I know it’s hard, and many people get upset when you don’t reply right away, but the truth is I find it very distracting and it prevents me from doing meaningful work, so I end up feeling super busy, but like I don’t accomplish much. I will, of course, still take care of my social media channels, reply to instant messages, and send proper answers to emails, but I have I scheduled offline slots during the day where I concentrate in writing or illustrating and my phone is in a drawer far away. I also don’t answer calls during these times, and let me tell you, it’s glorious.
- Learning more.
I’m a learning junkie. I LOVE learning new stuff. I used to think I didn’t have the time, tho, and that frustrated me greatly, but this year I have MADE THE TIME. It is important for me. It grows me as a human being, and makes me a more valuable professional. What is more worthy of your own time than something like this?
- Taking better care of my skin.
My mother always told me to take my make up off at night, use moisturizer, and apply sunscreen. I didn’t always do it, but my “rebellious” years are catching up to me. I don’t want to age prematurely, so I’m taking my mother’s advice to heart now and I’m actively trying to build a beauty regime that works well for me by being disciplined, and also by trying new beauty products until I find the right fit.
- Taking time off.
As a Type A workaholic control freak, AND artist on top of it, it is very hard for me to just relax and do nothing. And you know what? You need to do that some times and it’s perfectly okay. I’m trying to train my brain to understand this.
What are you work on to better yourself this year? Is there any tips or any recommendations you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear them!