We are six days into the new year and while I have already written about my intentions for this year, I thought it’d be nice to think about some habits I’d like to change from last year. These aren’t resolutions but things I really need to change. Sure, the intention to develop a positive mindset is certainly one of them but this post is not about that.
Here are three things I’d do differently in 2017:
Get more sleep
My sleep has been shocking the last few years. I remember back in 2013-2014 when I was at my healthiest, I would sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours. I was in bed by 9 and up at 4:30-5. Then I got into a relationship, started uni and well, let’s just say my sleep went downhill. Some nights I’d get 5 hours but I was averaging 6 hours in the last year. This year I want to make a concerted effort to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Sadly, I have not yet mastered it so far with only 6 hours the last three nights! It’s back to looking at my habits and making sure I’m in bed by 9. But honestly, there’s always so much to do after work!
I’ve been so used to being busy, busy, busy and on the go for so many years that I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to slow down. I was getting there in the mini-break over Christmas but then the last few days seemed a bit frantic again. And of course, since going back to work, thanks to less sleep, I wake up a bit late and I’m always rushing!
When I originally lost weight in 2012-2013, apart from the exercise, my diet was really good. But what helped me maintain a good diet was planning and preparing my meals on the weekend. Yes, it’s work but it’s also work saved during the week. I do plan from this weekend to start meal planning and prepping so that when I get home from work, the food just has to be heated and I save time. I guess it will also help me get to bed early as I’ll be able to do my other things in time too.
So there you go. Three things I’d like to do differently. Three habits I’d like to change. All in the process of being physically and mentally healthier. In order to Flourish Inside Out!
Are there any things you’d do differently this year?
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1. Favourite book of all time
2. The driving force of your life
3. Three things I’d do differently this year
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