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New Year, New Resolutions

Ah, it’s January again. How quickly it comes round.

I was hoping to start the year with my diet and medication all sorted so I could view 2018 as the new ‘normal’ but that hasn’t quite happened. I have made the decision about which medication path to take and I am currently waiting for a call from the NHS pharmacy but more about that another day. Right now, I want to make some exciting plans for the year ahead.

My first new year’s resolution is to look after myself more. Not only because I have to now, but also because I am worth it, as the L’Oreal adverts keeps telling us.

I am sure this will sound familiar to many of you reading this:

‘Oh sure, I can take on that work as well.’ ‘Of course I can do all your errands for you.’ ‘I would love to pick up more hours because someone is off ill.’

My shoulders should be ten feet wide with all of the extra things I find myself taking on. Then behind closed doors I say, why do I work myself into the ground? This year, I am going to put myself first. I am learning that allowing myself some down time is just as important as keeping active and fulfilling my duties at work. At the end of the day, I am no use to anyone if I am so tired I can’t get out of bed. I have quite a physical job so I need to marry that with making space in my week to do something calming or relaxing.

I am not the average girly-girl, but I do enjoying having my nails done and I have a little smile to myself every time I catch a glimpse of the beautiful colours for weeks afterwards, so I am going to treat myself to more manicures this year. It might seem like a bit of an unnecessary expense but the gel varnish lasts for 4 weeks and I have something to show for it, rather than spending that much on alcohol or food or something that is consumed immediately. Besides, I feel a bit more confident when I have nice nails!

I would also like to try having a massage, I mean, what could be more relaxing? Well, this could prove a little difficult as I have a bit of a phobia where this is concerned. I am not very keen on the thought of someone I don’t know touching me. You can see why a massage may not be as relaxing as first thought! Is this a normal fear? Anyone else understand me? So I was thinking of starting with something small, like Reflexology. I read online that it has all of the relaxing properties of a massage and stimulating certain pressure points on your feet connect to other parts of the body, meaning the whole body benefits. And there is meditation music and nice smelling oils involved. I can hear the whale calls already!

My next resolution is something that I think I need to do, rather than want to. I need to exercise more. I can hear you groaning. I bet we all say this every year! But I think building some muscle strength will help me in the long run. And I am reliably informed by my MS nurse that my body will shout loudly if I am overdoing it, I just need to remember to listen. I have been recommended Darcy Bussell’s Pilates DVD. I bought it off Amazon, and so far I am impressed. She talks calmly and explains all the poses and stretches and gives you time to do them properly, all over a very calming sound track. It is all very mindful. The only problem is, the beginning and the warm up are set on a beach, so make sure you pay a visit to the bathroom before you start, or else the crashing waves will remind you!

I am going to start with Pilates and work up from there, maybe introduce some light cardio later in the year.

And last but not least, this year I would like to start reading more. I guess this is a good activity to do to make me sit down and take some ‘me time’. I am going to start with the full works of Agatha Christie. My heroic wordsmith. I have always wanted to be able to say I have read all of her books so this year I shall start the journey. I am going to start with the stand alone stories first, that is neither Poirot or Miss Marple stories. In addition, I hereby vow to use the Library more. I walk past my local Library once a week and I never pop in. They are one of those establishments that if we don’t start making an effort to use them, they will die out, one by one. Then our only hope of renting wonderful stories will be via a Kindle, and let’s face it, they just don’t have that lovely book smell….

I would love to hear about your new year’s resolution for 2018. What I love most about them is how personal they are. To others, your resolution might sound daft or insignificant, but to you it will make this year memorable.

Here’s to a good one!

Sarah x

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