New Year Update: January

New Year Update: January

New Year Update: January

With January almost over (at the time of writing this) I figured a nice little update on how life is going would be a good idea!

I never made any real concrete resolutions for the new year, but I came into 2019 wanting to live a better life. I’ve made a few change, some more near the end of last year, and I’ve been feeling much better!

 

Added CBD Oil to My Life

Out of all the things in my life that I’ve changed, this is not only the biggest, but the most effective. Even when I have things managed with medication and the like, there’s usually a residual anxiety left over. It’s like if the average person has an anxiety level of 0, I have a level of like 10 on a normal day. While CBD hasn’t gotten rid of my anxiety completely, it’s definitely helped so much. 

I chose the vaping option of consuming CBD oil as it has the most immediate effects. I also had an oil that contained some melatonin as well to help with sleeping, and that’s been the difference between constantly waking up during the night versus being able to sleep almost straight through till morning.

Want to read more about my experience? My Experience With CBD Oil: Is it Worth It?

 

Started Taking Showers After Work

This started a little bit before the new year, but it’s something that I’ve been able to keep consistent and carry over to 2019. 

I used to shower in the morning, which isn’t a bad thing. It was a way to wake me up by throwing myself into water. It was also a great way to gauge if I was sick enough to go to work. If I could take a shower and still feel shitty, that was my sign that I wouldn’t be able to function much at work.

To combat my inability to find things to do after work, and to find a way to sleep better, I started taking showers after work. 

OMG. Best. Decision. Ever!

Add the CBD oil to that and I’ve been sleeping pretty well.

Read more about my experience here: How Changing My Shower Time Improved My Life

 

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Journaling More Often

This isn’t something I’ve written about just yet, but something I’ve been trying to semi-consciously implement into my life. 

I was always one to keep a journal or diary. I was always writing as a child. One thing I forgot to mention in my 5 Things I Learned From Being Raised By My Parents post was that privacy wasn’t really a thing. 

I kept a diary almost daily in high school, including anything and everything that happened to me, what I thought, how I felt… So it was devastating to me when I found out my father read my diary, even after my mother’s protests.

Ever since then I haven’t been keen on it.

But I know keeping everything bottled up isn’t good. And as I’ve been trying to not let things bother me, that’s what I’ve been doing. I didn’t want to talk about things, I didn’t want to go over any situations with myself after the fact, and that was a bit troubling. I wasn’t processing anything. Just letting it happen and throwing it to the side.

If you want me to write about my journaling experience, let me know in the comments!

 

Keeping Minimalist

Way back when I first started blogging I wrote a post about college and minimalism (College & Minimalism: How They Go Together and Why It’s Important). Like, I’m pretty sure this post has moved with me from a blog or two. I’ve always been one for keeping things minimalistic as my father has a tendency to be a hoarder. 

I’ve been trying to downsize the amount of stuff I have ever since. With each move it gets more and more apparent with how much stuff I actually own. So now I almost always have a donation bag or two lined up near my front door. One for clothes and one for other items. If I’m not using it, someone else might.

 

Make My Bed Every Morning

I know one of the smallest things you can do to make yourself feel better is to make your bed in the morning, but I never really did it much after college. What was the point? I was just getting back in it anyway.

Boy, was I wrong.

I started making my bed every morning recently, and it’s been helping me keep my apartment tidier. Hear me out:

So I make my bed in the morning, that looks nice and neat. So I can’t exactly leave my pjs lying around the floor. So I put them away. 

With such a clean looking room, any of the little extras that found their way into my bedroom look seriously out of place. The most common things that end up my bedroom are dishes. So I bring the dishes into my kitchen sink, but the kitchen looks a mess. So I can’t leave things like that, can I? And so on…

Not only that, but it’s been helping me feel calmer. Everything is nice and neat so it just looks more aesthetically pleasing. There’s a reason a big suggestion for those suffering from depression to get their room together. Clean room = clean mind.

 

There’s a few things I’ve been doing to better myself in the new year. Want to start your own journey? Check out my “New Year, New You” mini-series! Your Health, Yourself Your Looks

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