This time last year, I was extremely depressed. My life consisted of work, watching the news, calling my representatives, watching tv and drinking. 2016 was one of the worst years of my life and part of what made it so hard was my inability to handle my feelings and emotions in any sort of healthy way. I was miserable to be around and the only person would tolerate me was my husband. I don’t want to get too deep into the negatives in this post, we can talk about that later.
The point is, I knew that I needed to make a change. I knew that I was terrible at resolutions, so I decided to try a trend I saw on Instagram, picking a word for the year, and everything changed.
I realized that if I wanted to be happy, I had to start taking care of myself – physically, mentally and emotionally. What everyone needs is different, but I knew I needed to get back to basics. I went to the dentist and started getting my hair done. Appointments give me major anxiety, I hate having plans! But I went through most of them.
I expected that when I started taking care of myself, 2017 would be the year that I lost weight and got back to my normal size. And I did tackle a lot of my physical ailments, but 2017 really ended up being about my emotional and spiritual well-being. I started documenting it all on a new instagram account, @selfcareshift, which is probably how you found me.
I’ve loved the community on Instagram but I am so excited to dive deeper into all of my favorite topics here with you. I’ve grown and changed so much. To be honest, 2017 wasn’t much better for me, I lost loved ones and missed some pretty big goals. But I’ve learned to use different tools to work through the challenges life throws at me instead shutting down and diving into TV land.
Now that I’ve developed some better mental habits, I look forward to taking better care of my physical body in 2018. More on that later!
Did you have a word of the year for 2017? What was it? Any resolutions you kept? Tell me all about it.