How I dodged my usual post-new year blues and six things to do to kick off 2018.
At the beginning of each new year, I have observed that I have felt super pumped for a fresh start, only to find myself in a bit of a slump or rut a couple of weeks in. Post-holiday blues? Not really, I wasn’t taking ‘holidays’, I just didn’t feel great. Burnt-out and overwhelmed by the weight of resolutions… yep!
The good news is that I think a lot of those little worries and frustrations are things I don’t get stuck on for as long anymore. Is lighting, location or timing not working out for a shoot? Turns out, that isn’t worth worrying about! If something isn’t working, I can learn to live with leaving it and trying again later. A few years ago, I definitely didn’t deal well at all (read here). Those little things would snowball and I’d find myself awake at night thinking about all the work I had created for myself, or the things I wanted to express that wasn’t working. Cue freakout.
WHY MY RESOLUTIONS ARE WORKING AND I AM FEELING HAPPIER
Rather than share with you a bunch of 2018 resolutions and why I chose them, my overview is this:
-get to places on time/ work on time management
-keep up daily yoga practice/ other training
-take more time out of the digital environment to read, spend time with friends, draw etc.
These have actually all been working for me because I started early. Anticipating a post-new year slump, I gave myself tasks and goals early (see my key goals post back in December here) and am far happier for doing so.
My 2018 goals are all achievable, small resolutions that I can be mindful of and work on every day, which deliver instant rewards. Time spent sketching is solid time where I didn’t think about work. Same goes for engaging with friends in real time and time spent on my yoga mat. Unrolling my yoga mat each day and stepping onto it is like entering a new space. I use it to move, sweat, breathe, meditate, align, face things I have ignored, stretch, flex and feel joy.
Turns out, all the energy I wasted feeling anxious about tasks that weren’t working out left little room for actual joy!
6 THINGS TO DO TO KICK OFF 2018
1. CLEAN, DECLUTTER AND REDECORATE
The feeling of having a clean house, with everything in its place makes me so calm and happy. Having said that, I HATE cleaning and am completely average at most basic cleaning tasks. Sorry to anyone who ever had me as a housemate- clocking something like 27 people not including the housemates who were only living with us for a month or two. Sorry guys! SIDENOTE: I have lived with a lot of different people!
Starting the year off Mario and I cleaned the whole apartment. I mostly decluttered and tidied while he had to, as usual, go around and re-clean most of the things I had attempted to wipe down. I reorganised and cleaned my office, drawers, shelves and all, cleaned my makeup brushes, got rid of any products I didn’t use, and even made sure that all of my shoes had tissue paper stuffing to keep their shape. I rehung and organised my clothes and anything else I could see.
Now dust free and tidy, we are making sure our indoor and outdoor plants are all healthy, repotted if they needed it and have adopted a new addition. We even bought some throw cushions for the couch as a little bit of redecorating. Instant refresh!
2. ME TIME OR FOR WANT OF A BETTER TERM, SELF MAINTENANCE
Over the past few months, I have been booking and actually going to appointments! As a serial appointment hater, each week I have been going to them like the big girl I am. haha! I’ve been to the dentist, optometrist, hairdresser, chiropractor, remedial massage therapist and am just needing to get a checkup at the Drs.
Beyond this, I have been making time for regular face masks, painting my nails, body scrubs, hair masks, time spent with friends, journaling, taking short online courses, and of course exercise.
All of these things are so basic but so good!
3. SORT EMAILS
The feeling of opening up a non-terrifying inbox is awesome. In fact, sometimes I look at it mentally daring someone to email me, “bring it”.
Declutter your inbox, organise things into folders, answer emails, unsubscribe from newsletters you don’t need or that waste your time and even send someone you miss an email to tell them!
Obvious, but if you haven’t already, make time to work out the stuff that did and didn’t work for you last year and work out what to let go and what to embrace. One way to get through it all, which I find useful, is to go month by month and write down any noteworthy accomplishments and things to work on. It helps me to create a framework for my goals and give myself and people I care about recognition of things that worked.
5. DO SOMETHING NEW
Suck at something? Give it another go, without pressure. Cook a dish from scratch, read a new book, invite friends over to your place, listen to a whole album, go see a foreign film or the opera, wear a new colour or try a new route home. It all helps to mix things up!
Do you guys have any tips on how you start your year off well? Let me know! Also, if anyone else is terrible at housework, let me know! It’ll make me feel way better! haha
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