Happy New Year! Have you ever made a new year’s resolution, only to abandon it a short while later. Resolutions can be challenging when they are not clearly defined or when they are set for an infinite amount of time. I recently listened to a book by Shelley Wilson, called How I Changed My Life in a Year. In this book, she took on a new resolution each week for one year, thereby changing her outlook in life and creating healthier lifestyles. I have decided to recreate this process in my own 52 Week Resolution Challenge. Please feel free to follow my progress or join me in your own quest to create better habits and change your own outlook on life.
January – Do More
Week 1 – Sleep More
Yes, you read that right! My first challenge is to sleep more! So often, as adults… and particularly parents, we try to squeeze as much into a day as possible. How do we do that?…. By sacrificing our sleep! Sleep is so important. Not only is more sleep important for fighting off diseases, but it can also help improve your mood, your sex drive, reduce your risk for injury, improve your memory and more! This week should be easier than most to accomplish this goal since my kids are not back in school yet. However, once school starts and lunches need to be made, bills need to be paid and laundry needs to be folded, my challenge will truly start!
Here is an interesting article from WebMD that I found on reasons to get more sleep. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/9-reasons-to-sleep-more#1
- My Plan – Set my phone alarm for 10pm to start getting ready for bed vs. my usual time of 10:30 or later.
- Day 2 – I made it to bed on time last night and was even tired enough for sleep. However, I had trouble falling asleep because my brain didn’t seem to want to shut off. So, despite being in bed at a decent time, I’m still feeling tired. No worries, these things happen!
- Day 3 – Note to self… don’t let Netflix start another episode of That 70’s Show ten minutes before you need to start getting ready for bed. I made it to bed a few minutes later than I intended, but I’m feeling pretty refreshed this morning and am ready to tackle the day!
- Day 4 – Getting to bed at the same time every night is proving to be more of a challenge than I thought. I started to head to bed at 10pm last night, but then remembered that I had to switch the laundry, put away the laundry that was folded on my bed and then wash my hair. I made it into bed twenty minutes later than I originally intended. In addition to that, my mind was active and I had trouble falling asleep again.
- If you’re having trouble falling asleep, here is a helpful article I found on Help Guide: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/getting-better-sleep.htm .