I really can’t believe that the last month of 2018 is here. It’s weird because these past twelve months seem to have flown by, but so much has changed this year, it also feels like January was a million years away. And now, we’re in December and my social plans for the next three weeks are fit to burst, before I head away for a Christmas getaway at Center Parcs’ Longleat Forest (and I’m soooo excited to spend the festive period in one of my favourite places!).
With the last month of the year underway, I always like to reflect on what this year has taught me, what I’ve experienced (both highs and lows), and I like to look ahead to the next year and my goals for that too. However, we still have 30 days of 2018 to contend with, and I’m determined to spend them with some focus.
Looking after myself
December is always a fun month filled with festivities, social events and family time, and I’m so looking forward to it. I’ve got my work Christmas party this week, festive nights out next week, and I’m heading home closer to Christmas Day to see friends and family before I go away for a few days. It’s so fun, but I do often find it quite overwhelming and the lack of routine can sometimes send this planning freak into a frenzy. I’ve also had a pretty tough last two weeks, with things going on back home that I haven’t been able to help with, as well as work being a bit mad in the lead up to Christmas. It’s actually been really tough, and I’ve found myself feeling absolutely exhausted as a result.
I’m determined to look after myself this December. Last year I partied/shopped/did everything too hard and wound up with the flu. The year before I remember feeling like a beached whale after eating everything in sight. It seems I “go hard, or go home” over the festive period, and this year I am absolutely intent on looking after my body and mind, by scheduling in some down time and striking a balance between going out until the early hours, and staying in with a box of Quality Street and a good Christmas film.
Spending time with those who matter
This is, for sure, everyone’s favourite thing about the festive period. I love catching up with my family and seeing friends I haven’t seen for months whilst I’m back home in West Wales. It can often mean that you’re double booked when it comes to social gatherings, but I think making a choice to spend your time with those who matter the most is so important.
Keeping on top of my workouts
I mentioned earlier about how sometimes (okay, most of the time) I take it way too far when it comes to embracing that festive spirit, aka. eating whatever I can, whenever I can. Then January rolls around and I find myself feeling pretty gross, and in desperate need of a detox. Well, not this year. Last year I kept to my strict gym regime and tried to eat as healthily as possible, and this year I’m going to do exactly the same.
I just feel so much better after working out, so a big “bore off” to those who scoff at people who still take time out of their day to work out over Christmas. Is there really anything wrong with wanting to look after yourself at a time which can often be quite destructive to your health?
Not worrying about things I can’t change or control
This isn’t really something Christmas related, but it’s definitely something I really need to work on, and why not choose the last month of the year to do just that? I hate making mistakes and something, which is so minor in the grand scheme of things, has really been eating me up lately. I wish I didn’t let things worry me so much, but I genuinely do care and always strive to do my best, so find myself fretting about things which are often too far out of my control or cannot be changed, and I am trying really hard to change my thinking.
I do think that as human beings we are so hard on ourselves, always striving for perfection and we see things completely differently to how others do. While I’m still worrying about something that happened last week, it was barely noticed at the time and everyone has now moved on from it completely. Mistakes happen to everyone, and I want to spend the next few weeks focusing on not worrying about things that I have no control over, especially things that in years, or even weeks, to come will not even cross my mind. It may be easier said than done, but I feel just admitting to myself that things need to change is a start.
What are you focusing on for the last month of the year?
Lots of love. xoxo