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This year I have decided to start a Happiness Project. I talked a little bit about this idea in a previous post and how I was inspired by the concept from Gretchin Rubin’s, “The Happiness Project”.
Throughout 2019, I will be sharing my monthly intentions with you and I would love for you to share yours with me. This month my focus is…. health and wellness!
As many of you know, I have struggled with a chronic illness for over 3 years. My goal this month is to focus on my health and see if any tips and tricks can improve my symptoms. I came to the conclusion that all of my resolutions will be a little bit easier if my pain is more manageable. Here are my goals for January:
- Improve my sleep
After completing a sleep test last year, my doctors found that I wake up 10x an hour! I have been on a sleeping medication for a few years, but despite the extra help I still continue to wake up. There are many studies that show sleep deprivation can cause chronic pain, so getting restful sleep could be a part of the solution. I hope to improve my sleep in January by reading books on sleep, setting a strict sleeping schedule, using essential oils, and wearing blue light blocking glasses a couple hours before bed. I’ve already start using the glasses, and I have noticed a big difference in how sleepy I feel at bedtime. If you struggle with sleeping too, I recommend grabbing these inexpensive glasses. Let me know if you have any hacks for getting a better nights rest. I would love any help I can get!
- Daily yoga
It’s a simple fact for me: I feel better when I practice yoga. For years now I have hoped to start a daily yoga practice and that is what I intend to do this month! My goal is practice yoga every morning and night, even if only for 5 minutes. I think nightly yoga will tie in nicely to my other resolution of getting good sleep. Yoga With Adriene has great night time videos that I am excited to use.
- Healthy food & drink more water
We’ve heard it since we were kids…”Drink more water!” This month I plan to take that very seriously. I picked up my Naglene handy dandy water bottle and I will be tracking my daily water intake. My other goal is to avoid gluten and dairy, as I know that these foods don’t work well with my body.
- Alcohol Free
What can I say? This girl loves a glass of red wine, but just for the month of January I plan on giving my tummy a rest(especially after all of the holiday splurging).
- Workout 5 times a week
It’s so important to get out and moving, especially when living with chronic pain. I notice that the endorphins make me feel great and help loosen up my tense muscles. I plan on getting myself to the gym 5 times a week for some cardio and weight training.
So will all of this make me happier? Time will tell! I am so excited to go on this journey with you guys this year, and I can’t wait to hear about your January intentions.
What do you plan on focusing on as we enter 2019?
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