Now that the new year is here, and I’m starting to feel my health return again (darn you, flu!) I want to share with everyone my overarching goal for 2013 and some steps I’m going to take to get there. This year I want to dedicate to living a more stress-free lifestyle. For me, 2012 was anything but stress-free and I knew that it would be. Planning me and my husband’s wedding, starting this blog and then getting a new job gave me a lot of great memories, skills and you guessed it, stress. Over the years, my personality has shown me that I’m predisposed to falling down the rabbit hole of stress, but this year I’m determined to change some habits that could trigger stress. I intend on sharing some of these experiences on this blog, successes or failures. A few things I am going to try right away are:
1. Going out to eat only twice a week. The idea behind limiting meals out is because not cooking at home and spending money on going out makes me feel stressed about what I’m eating and the kind of money I’m spending, also if meals out are limited then when Christopher and I do go out we can really enjoy ourselves.
2. Spending time outside every day. This one seems so simple that I’m surprised I haven’t thought of it before! While I’m at work during the week I find it hard to pull myself away from my desk, even when I know it is perfectly fine to do so. The few occasions that I have left to run an errand or grab coffee with a friend I remember coming back and feeling very refreshed. With that said I am going to leave the office to go outside every day (and going to and from my car in the parking garage doesn’t count). Fresh air and sunshine really do help to clear the mind.
3. Floss 3 times a week. I know it’s simple and it might not seem like it will reduce stress but I do know that flossing will make my mouth less stressed about my next trip to the dentist.
What are you striving for in 2013?