Sunday, 14 January 2018

Be Kind to Yourself



Can you believe the first two weeks of January are already behind us?

In my post two weeks ago, I said I'd share my goals outside of writing with you, so here goes. It's all about self-care, because there's more to life than ticking through a to-do list, and centering around others, and constantly firefighting your way through each and every day.

Saying 'Yes' when you mean 'No'

I thought I'd got pretty good at saying no to people but towards the end of last year, I found myself  slipping back into old habits. Agreeing to do things for people and instantly regretting it. Then spending a few days or weeks wishing I could get out of it, when saying no in the first place doesn't mean I'm being rude, selfish or unkind, it means I'm valuing me, and my time, and it's time to stand firm and not be apologetic.

Here's my list of things I've set my sights on this year.

# Walking - I used to walk lots, but for different reasons, I've lapsed over the last few years, so it's definitely back on the agenda this year. I've started already, earlier I went for a very muddy walk in the countryside.

# Relaxation - I'd like more time to myself, quality time I can use to read, listen to music, take a stretch class, or simply get more sleep!

# Photography - I've missed going out and about with my camera, something I'm going to rectify very soon.

# Out and About - I'd like to explore new places, although I'm not sure where I want to go yet.

What would you like to do this year? Something new or more of the same?


16 comments:

  1. Hope you enjoy achieving your goals. I'm doing more of all those things and having a fabulous time, so I thoroughly recommend them all. I'm even fitting in some writing!

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    1. Thank you Lindsay, that's encouraging. :-)

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  2. All excellent goals, Maria! I think we all need to learn to say 'no' more if we really don't want to do something but it's difficult.

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    1. Yes, I've had to do it today. It doesn't come easy to me, but I must learn to do it!

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  3. I'd love more time for reading, that would be good. I've been doing so much more walking now there's a dog in the house, 2.5 - 3 hours a day. I sometimes get fed up with the amount of time it takes, but I have to admit it is good for me. I'm sleeping better, less insomnia and less really early waking, and it stops me from sitting for too long. It's tipping down this morning, and I've still done an hour. I like to explore new places as well. I hope you're able to fit in all the things you want this year. Saying no is a good thing for self-preservation I think. CJ xx

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    1. I like the idea of having a dog, but it wouldn't be fair as we wouldn't be able to devote the time in reality. I can see how the increased exercise thing works though...
      Someone I know got herself a dog after she was widowed and used to walk the dog around the village. She then met a widower walking a dog, and now they all live happily together.
      Having a dog has lots of benefits!

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    1. Way to go! Good luck with all your plans this year. :-)

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  5. Great to see you taking time to concentrate on yourself for a change, Maria. Here's to a happy and healthy year.

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  6. Last year I agreed to something that I've since realised I very much don't want to do. I'll probably have to go along with it, but hopefully I've learned my lesson!

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  7. Hi Maria - it's fitting it all in ... but it's possible - good luck and just enjoy all that life offers - muddy walks included! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, there is that...I am too curious for my own good I suppose and like to have lots of things to do and see...

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  8. All of these goals fit together so well. Enjoy :-)

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    1. Yes, they can all be mixed and matched!

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