I’ve said before that I don’t love the idea of New Years Resolutions. That I do most of mine around my Birthday. But, this year is a little different. I needed some re-focus and the fact that it was right at the New Year helped.
I spent most of the last two months mourning the democracy of America. Not just because my candidate lost, it was much deeper than that for me. It is an actual fear of my life, my friends lives, and our country. And it’s fine to be fearful, but it’s also important that I fight where I can.
My refocus for the New Year is all about Radical Self Care. For each person this is different, but what it looks like for me is, making time for me.
My self care involves working out and going to yoga. Two things I enjoy but that my grief had taken away. It means waking up early to read and sit in front of my happy light. It means taking my meds each day (I’m TERRIBLE at this). It means eating breakfast and lunch and not just snacking for six hours. It means not letting anyone come in and take away from writing time. I have four hours Monday-Thursday that I can work. I can’t let my own errands get in the way of that and if it means taking my kids to the grocery store, I will. And it also means that if I need a day off to watch bad TV and crochet, I will do that too. And I will not feel guilty.
Because I can’t fight if I’m not my best and doing these things helps keep me at my best.