It is that time of year again.
You know. The one where everyone makes all of these plans to change in the new year. To be different.
And many of those people fail. sadly.
I read a post recently that made a different suggestion. We should be trying to improve ourselves consistently. Not just at the beginning of every year.
In addition, and as I have said before, it takes 30 days to make a new activity a habit. So….why bombard ourselves with a list a mile long of the things we are going to do differently in the new year. Why not make a list of one thing we will try to do for a month. And a new thing to try the next month. There is less pressure on us, AND if we decide we absolutely hate that one thing, at least we know that we gave it a shot.
You don’t even need to make a list right now for the entire year, although I know that many people would feel better doing that.
For me, I’ve decided a couple of things (Completely against the advice I just gave you):
1) I am eating gluten-free this month. Or at least to the best of my abilities. There is a lot of research out there that explains how human gut-health is a huge factor in a variety of other diseases. Stress on the gut (not only from worry, but also from eating foods we aren’t meant to digest or being sick) can affect how the entire body functions. It is thought to effect autoimmune function, chemical balance, mental health, etc.
My sister is reading a book right now called “The Immune System Recovery Plan”. It goes into detail about this, among other things. It also recommends a soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free diet. That is not an easy transition for most people, so I suggest trying just one of those for a month. At the end of the month, if you feel better, continue on and eliminate something else. If you decide its not for you, try something else. I’m starting gluten-free because I think it will be the easiest.
2) Do a better job about journaling and blogging in general. I have clearly been slacking through the holidays, but I want blogging to be a part of my day-to-day. It doesn’t matter what capacity I write. But I want to write something.
Of course, I have a list of things like read more books, spend more time outside travelling by myself, find a job, call my friends more, etc. But that is A LOT. So start small. Pretty soon, one thing will be second nature and you won’t have to make it a resolution that will probably get lost in the dust by the second week of January 🙂