Happy new year! I spent this morning feeling super productive after writing a nice long list of things I want to do and goals I want to achieve this year. I thought I would share a few of them here!
Plan a regular exercise routine to do at home and stick to it!
I know, I know, I’m a walking cliché. EVERYONE has ‘exercise more’ on their resolution list every year; probably due to the amount of chocolate we stuff in our face hole throughout December. It’s not abnormal to roll into the new year feeling bloated, with a looming sense of panic at the impending summer months.
I’m not going to be one of the ‘new years resolution’ gang desperately joining the nearest gym in the first week of January, only to use it twice during the year. I’ve been there, done that, and have got the awful flashbacks of projectile vomit and sweaty embarrassment to prove it. I’ll exercise in the privacy of my own home, thanks! All I want, is for my thighs to not continue to move after I’ve stopped still, and to be able to execute the basic functioning of breathing after I’ve crawled up a flight of stairs.
Make my blog BIGGER and BETTER
I relaunched Be Kind To Your Mind in January last year after promising myself to do so. Not only did I prove that I could actually make a plan and stick to it, but I created a blog made out of personal experience, creativity and determination. I firmly inserted myself into the blogging community and let my brain’s ramblings splurge through my fingertips onto the keyboard. 2017 may not have been the year Be Kind To Your Mind was created, but it was certainly the year it was established.
I’m so grateful for all the lovely people I have spoken to and met through my blog and all of the wonderful media opportunities that came my way. This year, I want to make my blog into something successful and recognisable and less ‘amateur-blogger-ish.’ I also want to add a new direction to the content I create. Mental health will always be the beating heart of Be Kind To Your Mind, but I want to write about other things too. After all, I do harp on about how I am more than my mental health!
Do more creative things!
Art was always ‘my thing’. However, when my mental health declined, so did my motivation to ‘do art’. It’s only really been in the last year where I’ve picked the hobby back up again, and now I’m drowning in pastel pencils. This year I really want to take more time out to draw and create art. I want to learn new skills and techniques and fill an entire sketchbook. I need to tell depression to piss off when it tells me ‘don’t bother, you suck anyway,’ and zaps away any energy or excitement for drawing I may have had.
Also, as it’s such a big part of my life, I want to design my own Be Kind To Your Mind tattoo. (Sorry Dad!)
Furthermore, I want to take more photos. Last year I dug my DSLR out from its hibernation since A-Levels, and bought a new telephoto lens. I don’t expect to be Instagram famous but, coupled with another lens my Dad bought me for Christmas, I’m ready to experiment.
Learn to play piano
I’ve said this every year for as long as I can remember and all I’ve done is memorize a few songs from YouTube tutorials. I used to play the drums, and it did wonders for my confidence. But, having a drum set in a small semi-detached house isn’t a good idea, so that’s not an option right now.
I’ve always wanted to learn to play piano properly, but private lessons are expensive and I don’t have the time. However, I think being able to sit down and lose myself in learning a new song would be a great distraction from my OCD/anxiety. I’ve been looking into online couching sessions, such as Playground Sessions and Piano Marvel. It’s expensive, although cheaper than personal lessons and I think the benefits for my mental health would be worth it. If you have used any online music lesson services or can offer any advice, please let me know!
Continue my counselling training
The mind is such an incredible and intriguing thing. Learning about how it works and why we are who we are has always fascinated me. My mental health deepened that interest, and the art of how we can change the way our minds work through methods such as therapy. I was never very good at general science at school, but I feel my personal experience makes up for the knowledge I lack. Due to my own health, I’m not university material, and being in full-time education is not a world I wish to revisit. That’s why weekly courses at my local college and distance learning is great. I can learn at my own pace and look after myself.
After I created Be Kind To Your Mind, the lovely comments and emails I received from people who I had inadvertently helped just by sharing my own story completely inspired my passion and fulfilment in helping others who are struggling with their mental health. That’s why I want to take a walk down the counselling career path, where hopefully the destination will be the role of a child psychologist.
Go back to Disneyland
It’s no secret that I’m Disney obsessed, so it’s no surprise that Disneyland is my happy place. Need I say more?
What are your goals for 2018?