• Kristina Cherep

Carrying It On Over To 2018

I’m sure there have been many blog posts popping up on your news feed about resolutions to make. So, I’m going to try my best not to sound redundant compared to the others. Every person is different. We all have our own dreams, goals, passions, etc., so I’m not here to give you a list of resolutions for you to make because I don’t necessarily know what your dreams, goals, or passions are! What I do know are mine, which is why I’m going to share my resolutions. This may even be helpful to you if you find yourself relating to what I have to say. I’m also making this post to keep myself accountable for following through with them. I’m not trying to make these resolutions be like that gym membership thousands of people buy on January 1st and then only use for a few weeks. I want mine to last for not only the whole year, but even longer than that!

1. Drink at least 85oz of water a day

I have already been doing this for the past few weeks and have seen a difference in my physical and mental health. I have noticed a reduction of the intensities of migraines, less stomachaches throughout the day, feeling less fatigued on a normal day... The list can honestly go on and on!

To do this, I have a smart water bottle that tracks my water intake throughout the day. It starts to glow if I am not on pace to reach my goal of 85oz. by the end of the day. Before I got this water bottle for Christmas, I was using the free app ‘Plant Nanny’ which is an app where you have virtual plants. Every time you drink a glass of water you let the app know and then it “waters” your plant. This may sound silly, but it helped me motivate myself!

2. Schedule Therapy When Needed

This past year I had therapy for about 3 months in order for me to get back on my feet. Leading up to those three months, I stopped taking my medication (safely) and was hesitant to go back to therapy. I struggled with intense anxiety attacks for a good month and a half before I scheduled a therapy session. Part of the reason why it took me so long is because my therapist was out of state, but also because I didn’t want to feel like a failure for having to go to therapy. Well ya know what I learned? You’re “failing” more by not allowing yourself to get better! Therapy isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of acceptance and strength.

I am actually starting therapy back up next week because I have noticed my anxiety peaking. I recognized familiar thoughts and feelings I had in my lowest time this past year, so I reached out to my therapist. She likes to call it a “tune up”. It’s better to get tune ups every so often when you need them instead of crashing because you ignored the warning signs. The last time I saw her was in September and a lot has changed in my life, which is why I’m looking forward to starting therapy. I want to practice my strategies with my current circumstances, such as becoming a children’s author! This editing process has been fun, but has also caused a few anxiety attacks that I want to start decreasing.

3. Spend Time With People Who Appreciate You

Obviously if we only got to spend time with people who appreciate us, that would make life a whole lot easier. However, that’s not realistic. What I mean by this is in your free time spend time with those who make you feel good and loved. Try not to spend your free time with people who you feel you have to spend time with because that’s not only a waste of time, but is also unhealthy.

In the past I have liked to give people the benefit of the doubt when they are being rude. However, I shouldn’t have to do that every time I’m with them. So, I have cut down the time I spend with those people. This allows me to spend more time with people who I don’t have to give excuses for every time.

If you have noticed, my resolutions are not new things that I will begin on January 1st. They are things I may have started this year, but also want to carry it into the new year. I think a lot of people think that their resolutions have to be drastic, such as going to the gym every day starting on January 1st (I am not bashing that resolution at all by the way... just using it as an example). However, I am letting you know it can be something simple and easy if it benefits your overall health, such as drinking more water! Well, that’s all I got and I have to go because my water bottle is flashing at me to drink more water. I hope you all have a safe and healthy new year!