Healthy and Mindful for 2017

Healthy and Mindful for 2017

Last year was my first time to join the “One Word” movement, with the word “Mindfulness.”ย I felt it was more effective than a list of resolutions, in producing lasting changes and enforcing habits.

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Mindfulness for 2016

Mindfulness for 2016

Ah. Finally have time to sit down and write something substantial for this blog. The first two weeks of the new year were spent getting sick: first with stomach flu for a couple of days, then migraine headaches which lasted longer, and another eczema flare (courtesy of all the unhealthy eating during the holidays ๐Ÿ˜› ). Nothing major, but still annoying in that I couldn’t function fully. Nor could I rest adequately, as it was in the midst of resuming regular work routine, while still running a household, and running after the toddler and preparing for his second birthday celebration.

Since this is my first official post for the new year (the other one doesn’t count being just a greeting ๐Ÿ˜› ), new year’s resolutions are in order. I’ve been giving it some thought and I’ve decided to do away with the usual listing of resolutions and join in the One Word movement.

I still have my list of Things To Do for the year (I’m looking at you, driver’s license! ๐Ÿ˜› And some house projects.) and Faith Goals (which are things *humanly impossible* to achieve and so I just pray for them ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). But I couldn’t really count them as resolutions. Resolutions are supposed to effect positive and long-lasting changes, through commitment and effort. Not things you just tick off a list, and suddenly voila! You’re a better person because of it. i.e. Yay! I finally got my driver’s license = I’m happier. ๐Ÿ˜› I’ve lost 5 lbs = I’m healthy. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

And so this One Word “mission” seems appealing. You know the drill: One Word to focus on every day, all year long. One Word to rule them all. One Word to find them. One Word to bring them all and in the darkness bind them, err… ๐Ÿ˜› One Word to sum up who you want to be or how you want to live for the year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My One Word for 2016 is: MINDFULNESS. There’s already a growing movement for Mindfulness and its various permutations (intentional living, slow living) and associations (minimalism, green living). I’ve actually been trying to abide by it for quite some time now. But the new year’s a perfect time to declare and claim it for my life. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

โ™ฅ I will be mindful of the food I eat and how it is prepared. I will sit down and savor each bite, chew slowly and longer, and enjoy my meal. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will also drink lots of water!

โ™ฅ I will be mindful of my expenses. While I am able to think over major expenses, itโ€™s the little thoughtless purchases which when totaled pack a huge sum i.e. fancy coffees, app downloads, magazine subscriptions, eat-outs when stressed, tricycle rides because Iโ€™m too lazy to walk ๐Ÿ˜›

โ™ฅ I will be mindful of my time. I will wake up early in the mornings. That being said, I will sleep early at night and cut back on idle Internet surfing at night. ๐Ÿ˜› I will not procrastinate.

โ™ฅ I will be mindful of my thoughts. I will think positive, and will not let worry or fear paralyze me.

โ™ฅ I will be mindful of my words. I will think before I speak and exercise tact.

โ™ฅ I will be mindful of my actions, especially those I show my son. At two, he is starting to imitate us. It’s both funny and frightening–the latter when it’s our bad habits and mannerisms he mimics. Tsk tsk

โ™ฅ I will be mindful of the moments I spend with my family, for these are very fleeting. My son is growing up too fast, and my parents are getting older. I will spend more time with them and enjoy these times, being fully present and shutting down distractions.

So there. I think “Mindfulness” is very fitting as the first “One Word” of this blog. It gives a whole new meaning to what Aggie’s Amygdala is all about. ๐Ÿ™‚