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My 2017 Self-Care Resolutions

As we make our way into the second working week of the year, I've been reflecting on what I want to get out of 2017. There's so much I want to do and so much I want to achieve this year. I've got so many plans and it's exciting, but it's also completely overwhelming. I'm taking on a half ironman triathlon, studying to qualify as a pilates instructor, attempting to write a children's book, growing my own little PT business... the list goes on. But I've realised that if I'm going to achieve all of these things, I need to take better care of myself. In a recent post I suggested that we all "make a resolution this January to be kind to ourselves [...] To take things one step at a time. To invest time into ourselves and to believe in ourselves." In the name of taking my own advice, I've decided to set myself a few self-care resolutions to try and live by this year.

1) To be less hard on myself
This is going to be a tough one. My inner critic likes to shout pretty loudly and I'm a perfectionist at heart. In 2017 I want to spend less time beating myself up and more time doing the things I love.

2) To take things one step at a time
This is advice I dole out all the time but struggle to actually do myself. I need to stop worrying about the bigger picture so much, because it quickly starts looking pretty vast and overwhelming. This year I'm going to do my best to break everything down into small steps so I can get sh*t done.

3) To doubt myself less
Oh hi inner critic, not-so-nice to see you again. I want this to be the year that I stop letting doubt and fear hold me back. Time to take a big spoonful of self-belief and go for it. *puts on superwoman costume*

4) To make more time for dance, books and music
Do more of what you love, and happiness will follow. Wise words from my better half there (who deserves so much credit for how ridiculously supportive he's been over the last 2 and a bit years). This year I'm going to read more, make time to play the piano/guitar more often and - the big one - I really want to fully qualify as a dance teacher. Anyone want to buy my liver so I can finance the training fees? ;)

5) To stop comparing myself to others
Basically, I need to scroll less and do more. Social media is great but it's also a bugger for making us all compare ourselves with snippets of others people's carefully curated lives. It's easy to spend so much time looking sideways that you lose sight of where you're headed and what you're working towards. 

6) To learn how to cope better with anxiety (and to be less afraid of talking about it)
I suffer from anxiety. And that's okay. I just need to get better at dealing with it rather than ostriching around (yep that's a real verb, honest...) pretending I'm okay 100% of the time, when sometimes that's not the case. Other than a couple of not so productive GP visits a few years ago, I've never really done anything to battle this particular demon. 2017 is going to be the year that changes.

What are your self-care resolutions? 

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