Happy New Year. It has been awhile but I am working on getting back to that blog posting side of myself. It is STILL January so it is still early in the new year
It is a new year and a new beginning. I am ready for a fresh start, how about yourself? This writing space has been very neglected. I question why I write what I do and what direction to take. I realised that not many people read this blog, but I don’t really mind that. I love the opportunity to share different thoughts on my beneath the stitches life. I am reclaiming my writing so look out for more regular posts again.
I have always loved the beginnings of a new year. I love how it makes me think about what I have been doing and how I would like to continue on or improve in my life. I know it doesn’t take a change in the calendar to change your actions but it is a good prompt.
After I finished 2017 sick, exhausted and burnt out I am ready to start looking at how to improve myself this year. Time to sit and think about things. Taking time out for myself, drinking tea, catching up with friends, binge-watching TV series. I suffer when I don’t take time out for myself. By saying no to some things I am saying yes to myself and my goals. My promised relaxation time. This will become easier over time and it will become a habit.
The start of a new year can be difficult for many people, bringing up mixed emotions and putting expectations on us to make resolutions for the new year. Actual concrete resolutions are hard. Not sticking to a resolution can be met with guilt and failure feelings – which are damaging to your mental health. I personally have general aims to meet, but not strict resolutions. I have listed a few below in case they are helpful to yours.
- Be kinder to me. Trying to stop the negative talk and conversations I have in my mind and I am sure many others do to
- Let friends/family know if things aren’t going well. I don’t need to bottle up my physical or mental health problems. If I’m in pain, it’s OK to say! If I’m feeling down, it’s also OK to say! That bit of support I hopefully get in return can really help my mood.
- Take time for me. It’s OK to take some time out for myself. It is a good idea to have that time and space for myself.
- Do a nice thing for me every day. This could be something small like watching a favourite TV show. Whatever I consider a positive, mood lifting thing counts.
- Stay hydrated! I know that when I drink enough water I feel better, so I will work on that
- Be honest: do I really want to complete that quilt? Has it been sitting there for years? If it no longer brings me joy – give it away or donate it – and don’t feel guilty
- I have decided not to purchase any new fabrics or patterns until you have finished one/all of my current WIPS
- Set aside time to sew. Even 5 minutes a day is 35 minutes a week
- Multi-task, hand stitch while watching the TV with family or on the train…. You get the idea
- Celebrate – when I achieve a goal, reward myself. Go to a fabric store, take a class or purchase a new tool.
- Think positive – forcing myself to maintain a positive attitude will improve life at home and at work. Patients have to put their trust in me. Put a smile on my face and approach them with a can-do attitude. It will give a better outcome and happier patients
- Find balance – sometimes I have to leave your home life at the door when I start my shift. Maybe I need to find time for myself outside of work. Read more, be creative, exercise. Find a way to obtain that balance.
- A healthier me – try to eat better, we all know what we are supposed to do
- Find a pencil that I love and is mine Maybe it is the way that it feels on paper or how it feels in my hand. Make that resolution to inspire me to write more often
- Do more handwriting
- It is okay to miss a day. My diary is for me, and it is not doing me any good if I am are concerned about what to write or have written
- Have the right tools. If I love my notebook because of the colour or feel I will be more likely to use it. I will need a beautiful pen/sharp pencil.
This year make achievable resolutions to keep. You will improve your work life and your home life.