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Godt Nytt År

Godt Nytt År

With the new year approaching many of us are left reflecting on the year we’ve had. These past weeks have been challenging, with the winter dark and cold, I have been in one testing mood. Perhaps seasonal depression? Although, I don’t feel depressed and I understand the difference between being sad and depressed and I say I’m just incredibly sad. So I have decided to take my mental health much more seriously in the new year, doing all things appropriate to curb mental illness.

Let’s begin with my environment, it’s slippery outside, cold as heck and the snow isn’t as appealing as it was when it first started to fall. The Norwegians have a saying ‘Det finnes ikke dårlig vaer, bare dårlig klaer’ which translates to ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’. These words have never rung so true as I am utterly unprepared for the cold! However, I did go buy some clothes that are more weather appropriate and I’ve started to kick my nasty attitude to the curb because quite frankly it’s so damn beautiful here in Norway and being a Mamma I need to get myself more outdoors for myself, my man and The Bean.

I know it’s such a cliche to talk about resolutions for the new year but it’s time to make some changes. I’m not talking about the whole ‘new year, new me’ get-up but emotional and mental growth. I feel I’m also moving away from the incessant need for booty gains and a slim waist, all I know is that it never made me happy. I’m more enjoying the mental benefits from working out and that’s the plan moving forward.

I already have a small challenge for myself to read one book a month and I love this, the only problem is that I find myself sometimes reading two books at once! So I’ve decided to keep this going and for Christmas, I had been gifted five books! So there we go that’s already five months of reading time-sorted. So here are my small but very challenging (perhaps not, we shall see) resolutions for the new year ahead:

  • Read 1 book a month (whatever genre I want)

  • Meditate 3x a week

  • Gym/yoga/walk 3x a week (this is outside of weekly sports training and matches)

  • Reach out to friends to catch up once a week

  • Self-love activities once a week (face masks, hair masks, epilate legs etc)

It isn’t much but there you go and I have decided to start off slowly because I need to make it manageable and realistic. The Bean keeps us busy, as does life with mental illness and so best to start slow and pick it up once momentum has been gained. I make these resolutions because I deserve a better me and so does everyone else. I also know by doing these I am able to be more present, kinder to myself and enjoy life. To keep myself in check, I’ve decided also to share on my social media platforms my movements with the changes I will be making in 2019. I’ll be using the hashtag #wealthinhealth so if you’d like to be part of this, feel free to tag myself and the hashtag! Let’s tackle 2019 and make it ours!

What are your resolutions for 2019? How do you make sure you're keeping to your goals?




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