My Health and Fitness Resolutions For 2019

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It's that time of year again where we reminisce over the last 365 days while we celebrate the new days that are fast approaching. With this, we usually have a set of goals or resolutions that we would like to accomplish in the new year. While I've talked about how to create a successful target for the new year, I haven't gone into detail about my resolutions. For me, 2019 is a year dedicated to my mental and physical health. I spent 2018 working on my writing career and bettering the work life that I put my health on a back burner.

If you put your health on the bottom shelf this past year than you are not alone. I've decided to share a few of my resolutions with everyone in case they want a new goal to strive for in the next 365 days. At the very least, I love sharing these and getting ideas from others. The end of the year is a great time to find some new goals to start, look back on the past, and learn how to improve. After all, what is life if we are not continually learning and changing.

Quit Smoking
While I have drastically cut down my nicotine addiction, I still have the occasional smoke. For the most part, I crave them during my regular habit times. These habits are when I'm driving, around others who smoke, or during stressful situations. For the longest time, I tried to quit because I knew other people around me didn't like it. This year is the first time I've wanted to stop for my health and wellbeing.

I plan on doing this by using my vape more, only using juice that contains no nicotine, and doing something else during my triggering moments (like chewing gum, talking with others, vaping). My goal is to be completely smoke-free by the end of 2019 and.

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Ask For Help
I know this doesn't necessarily seem like a health-related resolution. However, I have a hard time asking for help. I prefer to suffer in silence and try to find my way. Doing this isn't a bad thing and, throughout the years, has made me strong and independent. What I have come to realize is that never asking for help can do more damage to my mental health than I understand. When I'm struggling, I have a habit of letting it suffocate my thoughts and actions.

Throughout this past year, I had to ask for help financially. While I felt horrid guilt and out of my element, I found that my loved ones were elated that I finally talked to them about my issues. They were more than happy to give aid, and it did improve my situation. While I will still try to find my solutions, I want to try and ask for help when it is needed. I think we all need a balance of both to survive in this world.

Be More Active
I'm not going to make a resolution to drop a certain amount of weight. This goal never works and, after two weeks, I feel ashamed for not making progress and give up altogether. For 2019, I merely want to live a more active life. This can be as small as parking far away from a building so that I am forced to walk more or to take the stairs over the elevator. Since starting my writing job, I have found myself sluggish, unmotivated, and losing breath quicker with particular activities.

While I have a ton of motivation when it comes to writing, I lack that same steam for exercising. Since I don't have a job anymore that forces me to move around, I have to find my reasoning for getting up. I plan on doing this by skipping the car ride for my morning coffee, picking up a fun sport with my boyfriend, and joining a gym. I'm not looking to lose more weight but to live a healthier life. To me, this is a better goal since it (in my head) seems more attainable.

My Mental Health is Priority
There has been a considerable amount of stress in 2018. While I am doing better handling these things than I did five years ago, I still have a long way to go. One thing I tried to cut out this past year was toxic people who added stress to my life. I stopped working at places that sucked the life out of me and quit hanging out with people who added to my anxiety. These small actions have completely turned my life around (and for the better).

This year, I want to do a little more. I've noticed that I still let small things bother me, let my thoughts overpower logic, and don't stop to take relax days. The problem with working from home is that you make your hours. While this can be a blessing, most of the time it just makes me feel like I should always be working. I might love writing and everything that surrounds this world, but it can burn out my mental health just like any other job. Therefore, I want to take more days off this year and to learn how to cope with stressful situations better.

Make New Friends
Again, this might not seem health-related for some. Since I cut out toxic friends in my life, I realized that, to my surprise, they were all left in the dust. Most of my life I have picked people whom I thought made me feel special and treated me well. Little did I know I was choosing friends who were nothing like me, made me feel worse than I already felt, and pressured me into doing things that I would never have done. It's as if 2018 marked the year to delete specific folders to start a clean slate for the next year.

2019 marks the year of my official clean slate. With a new career, new perspective, and lack of toxic people, I have an opening to make the life I've always wanted. It is my mission to be more social and try to find friends that have similar likes and opinions. What we don't realize is that when we surround ourselves with loved ones we give our mental health room to grow. My goal is to find people who will help me just as much as I support them.

What are some of your new year's resolutions? Even if it doesn't pertain to health and fitness, I would love to know some of your goals for the upcoming year. Also, if you are interested, I would be more than happy to turn this into a little series where I go into detail throughout the year how each of my resolutions is going. If that is something you would like to read, please let me know in the comments below! I hope everyone has a fantastic 2019 filled with laughter, growth, and love.


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