I don’t normally do new year resolutions as I think they are doomed to fail if targets are too high. Nevertheless with the positive changes that have been happening in my children’s lives I think this is a good time to think about me. I am well aware that I have not been looking after myself very well and I have let the stress of my life overwhelm me at times. This has to change because to be the best parent I can be means me feeling healthier and happier and definitely less tired. So in the spirit of new year I have set myself some targets, nothing too grand but something I can work towards over the next year.
Feel healthier - I need to lose some weight but I’m not going to go on a specific diet or weight-loss programme. For one thing, if life goes downhill as it does sometimes with autistic children, I’m likely to struggle with dieting and feel even more unhappy. That is not what I want. I need to look after my mental health as well which has had a bit of a bashing over the last few years. So I intend to eat healthier and take more exercise, even if it’s just a gentle walk on the wii machine. A gentle start is what I’m after here.
Time for myself – its so hard to find time to do things for yourself isn’t it? Being a parent places so many demands on us that it’s easy to totally focus on our children and ignore our own needs. I have definitely fallen into the trap of forgetting about myself so this year I want to change that. I want to use whatever time I have to do something for me whether its going out, working in the garden or taking on a sewing project.
Blogging - I’d love to do so much more with my blog but I just don’t have the time. Instead I want to concentrate on the things that are achievable such as doing more reading and commenting on other people’s blogs. I also need to organise a blog reading list. One of the reasons why I’m not doing very well at keeping up with everybody is my disorganised approach to following blogs. I need to sort this out which leads me on to….
Organisation - as an ex personal assistant where organisation was the name of the game, I cannot believe that I’m admitting to being personally disorganised but I am. I’m all over the place which I guess is down to having a very hectic and stressful life. I need to find a way of organising my time better so that I can find time for myself. I did find a free ebook to read on How To Get Your Life Back! (now £1.93) but have I had time to read it – no, LOL. Perhaps that should be the first thing I do this year.