Better late than never…
I know that at this point January is basically over and most of us have already committed to self improvement plans for 2018. I was a little late to the party as I really wanted to take some time to reflect and think about what I would like to work towards this year. One week turned into three and before you know it – we are basically into February. Regardless, January 1 always felt a little arbitrary to me as the old turning over a new leaf marker and I have never been a huge fan of the term resolutions. Therefore, this time around I decided to implement realistic actions that I believe will help me come closer to my overall goal – stress reduction! This is a familiar grievance that I believe most of us struggle with – that feeling of being constantly overwhelmed, having a lot of balls in the air, anxiety, which leads to sleepless nights etc. etc. While I do quite a bit already to reduce stress i.e. exercise most days, eat a fairly healthy diet, aim to go to bed at a normal hour – I still do not sleep great at night and tend to feel overwhelmed during various times of day. This leads me to my two step action plan for 2018!
- Read one book per month – This is a totally achievable goal, but one that I have neglected for far too long. Most nights after eating dinner, Andrew and I love to unwind by watching some completely mindless, yet highly entertaining tv – think the Bachelor, Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules (basically anything Bravo puts out there). While this might feel indulgent and relaxing in the moment, there have been countless studies showing that limiting electronic and blue light exposure at night will lead to better sleep. This would be the perfect time to spend with a good book, even just for 30 minutes a night and I have a hunch that I might find the activity even more relaxing than the latest Housewife drama. 🙂
- Meditate Once a Day – Meditation is all I hear/read about on every wellness site, blog, you name it. And for a long time, I wrote it off as a waste of time or simply ineffective. However, the more I looked into it, the more my mind started to change (plenty of CEOs list it as their number one morning activity to start their day off on the right foot). Additionally, it is now easier than ever before to break into the meditation world with new apps and guided videos popping up all the time. I have decided that it can’t hurt to give it a whirl and think that I could easily dedicate ten minutes to it right before falling asleep each evening. I decided to download Calm this month so we will see how it goes!
And that’s it, two actions for the new year that I think are not only doable, but will also help quell some stress on a daily basis. I would love to hear what your goals/action plans are for 2018 in the comments below!