New Habits for the New Year

What's self care got to do with it?

New Habits for the New Year

I’m not one of the people who sets new years resolutions. I do see the new year as a good place to reflect and change what is or isn’t working in my daily, weekly, and monthly routines though.

I’ve noticed this last year that I haven’t been doing as much self care to focus on the things that make me feel good.

In 2022, my meditation practice fell by the way side. With getting a puppy at the end of 2021, I couldn’t get into a good routine where I was practicing every day. And I do notice how much my mental health - and motivation levels in general - struggle when I’m not meditating daily.

During lock-down in 2020, I had shifted from my normal of meditating first thing in the morning. I switched to lunchtime meditating as a way to feel like I actually had a lunch break when I wasn’t leaving my house. My lunch breaks now include time outside with my dog. So, I’m planning on switching back to first thing in the morning again.

Trigger warning: This next section includes exercise discussion.

I’m also hoping this will bring back my routine of working out in the morning. I’m not a person who works out for fitness goals. I work out for the endorphins.

In the before times, I worked out with one of my coworker friends at 6:30 at work every morning. I miss waking up, meditating and going to exercise. I also miss using our water rower in the gym at work and watching the sunrise over the Missouri River.

Those are the two big habit changes that I want to make for the year.

Do you have any habit changes that you want to make this year?

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