This year I have started my very own Happiness Project. This entails focusing on one area of growth for every month of the year. At the end of this year, we will see if it has had an impact on my personal happiness. If you are interested in starting your own project, make sure you check out my original post that explains more about the concept.
I decided that for the start of my year, I wanted to focus my time and energy on my physical health. I have battled chronic pain for 3 years and I hoped to get a better handle on my health this month.
So how did January treat me? Well, I DO feel happier, but I wouldn’t say it is because I feel better physically.
- I started following a strict sleeping schedule. I made sure to start winding down by 8pm, with the goal of being asleep by 10pm. I then woke up every morning at 7am. This was the highlight of my month. It felt great to go to bed at a decent time and not spend hours on end scrolling through my phone when I should be sleeping. Waking up at 7am turned out to be the best way to start this year. The feeling I got by being up and working before the sun came up is indescribable. I was able to increase my productivity and get in some much needed self care.
- My blue light blocking glasses aided in my sleeping routine. I immediately noticed that I got tired much faster when I wore them at night. They made it easy to transition into sleep. You can grab a pair for yourself here.
- For the most part, I stuck to my goal of daily yoga. I did miss a day or two when I worked long hours on set, but overall I was determined to add it to my routine. Yoga and stretching always helps me cope with my Fibromyalgia pain and I plan to keep it a staple for the rest of the year.
- I DRANK SO MUCH WATER! My new water bottle stayed in my view throughout the day. I have been saying I want to drink more water for years, but I finally put those thoughts into action.
What I could have done better:
- I didn’t stick with my no dairy/grains. I am an extremely healthy eater to begin with though, so I didn’t take it too personally. Having struggled with an eating disorder in the past, I wanted to make sure I didn’t take this one as seriously. I try to do everything in moderation now. I am going to keep working on eating less processed foods to see if that helps improve my physical pain.
- I did not make it to the gym 5x a week, but I did make it there pretty consistently. When I wasn’t able to drive to the gym, I made it a point to do a quick workout at home.
In the end, my sleep didn’t improve like I was hoping. Sometimes you can do all the “right” things, and your body just won’t cooperate. My husband and I are going to be looking into seeing a sleep specialist in the future.
If this month taught me anything, it is to give myself grace. I am such a Type A person, so naturally I want to do everything perfectly. Around week two, I began to get down on myself. All that positive self talk seemed to go out the window. How could I not stick to all my goals perfectly? Surely I can do anything for 31 days? But ya’ll, this is life. Things don’t always go exactly how we plan them, and THAT IS OKAY. We are all doing the best we can, and IT IS good enough.
Instead of focusing on what we are doing “wrong”, we should be focusing on all the good things we are doing for ourselves. I finally stuck to drinking more water. I was disciplined and stuck to a healthy sleep routine. I treated my body with love and gave it the stretching and exercise it needed. So do I feel happier?
How did the first month of your happiness project go? It isn’t too late to start in February! I would love to have more friends join me on this journey.
Wishing you health and happiness in 2019!