Side Street Style: My Health and Wellbeing Goals for 2018

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15/01/2018

My Health and Wellbeing Goals for 2018

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So when the New Year rolled in I decided to not make a huge list of definitive resolutions because often these resolutions can become a focus for failure when we don't achieve them. I do feel however that I need to address the fatigue and stress that became too much in the latter of last year. I know that improvements do need to be made although being a mother of two those changes need to be realistic with the long term in mind not just a quick fix, I did a post about 3 changes everyone should make and really just wanted to expand on that. So I wanted to focus on simple changes that will have a big impact and I know I can find time to fit into my busy life.


1. Staying Hydrated

Making sure you drink enough water seems simple enough but I know I let this slip on occasions but this year I am aiming to really be on top of it. I now have a reusable water bottle I carry with me at all times meaning I have no excuse to not stay hydrated throughout the day. It's just such a simple thing to do and has such great health benefits such as improving your skin, aiding digesting and flushing out toxins, as they say water has always been the original "super food".


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2. Get more sleep

This one is harder said than done when I have a toddler who still won't sleep through the night but we are trying to find a resolution for that because it is having negative affects on my health and will do with anyone who doesn't get enough sleep for a continuous period of time. Besides working more on my sons night time routine I am also aiming to get to bed an hour earlier each day, this is a small change but really well made a big difference and I have to commit to it rather than be tempted by social media or watching TV.

3. Take Time Out as a family

Like most I have a tendency to push myself even when exhausted and this can lead to feeling burnt out and this year I am working on knowing when to take time out and making sure we do it as a family. I also want to implement this into my daily life but finding 5-10minutes to be mindful practice some breathing techniques and reflect on the day and incorporate gentle yoga alongside the breathing. Yoga is also a great activities to do with kids, in fact I wrote about it for Day out With Kids if your looking for some inspiration for new things to do as a family. Together we also want to do a screen-free day out, most likely on the weekend, where we can just enjoy being together with no distractions.



Yoga for kids


4.  Look after my eyes

Last year I was suffering with headaches, I had to strain my eyes all the time, especially at the end of the day so I booked myself in for an eye test and it turned out I needed prescription lenses and it's made me realise how important it is to maintain your eyesight and give me eyes rest when needed. On occasions I have suffered with dry eyes, so making sure to use eye drops when this happens to sooth this condition which can at times become quite painful, if you struggle with this as well Vision Direct has a great tutorial on using eye drops. If your having issues with your eyes no matter how small I do recommend going to your local Optimist and having them checked out.


short hair


5. Socialise more

Between work, kids, school runs, food shops and everything else it can be hard to find time to just socialise and connect with friends. I am a natural worker so I often put my family and my work before anything else but I do know how important maintaining friendships are and it's something I want to focus on this year. Making time for catching up over a cup of coffee or seeing a movie, friends over diversity to the normal routine and research has shown that friendships make you feel happier as well as more mentally and physically stronger to face the world.

I do feel any of these are not achievable even for the busiest of people and I always think small changes over a duration of time often have the biggest impact in the long run. What are your health and wellbeing goals for this year?

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11 comments:

  1. I definitely need to drink more water during the day - keeping a water bottle with you is a good idea. I got a bit lazy with my fitness towards the end of the year, so I'm trying to keep that up and try and train at least 5x a week. Sleep is so important - I aim for 8 hours if I can. :)

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    1. Drinking water is so important and doe such good for us

      Laura x

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  2. I love that these are realistic things to achieve every year, because we do slip on these everytime. Drinking water and socializing more is on the top of my list also.

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    1. Yes I am all about the realistic and doable changes this year

      Laura x

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  3. These are really great goals. I have a lot of similar goals to, but they are important! And I definitely agree with you that it's so important to look after your eyes. Last year I had to have an operation on one of my eyes because I hadn't taken good enough care of them and I'd never wish that on anyone!

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    1. I hope your eyes are better now after the op and yes so important to keep on top of Eye health

      Laura x

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  4. I've been using the plant nanny app to track my water intake - I would recommend :) great goals - have a fab 2018!

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    1. Oh wow that App sounds cool, I'm going to check it out

      Laura x

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  5. Love that jumper you're wearing! I think these are some great goals. Simple but very very important.

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    1. Thanks so much, the jumper is super cosy :)
      Laura x

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  6. I'm trying to stay more hydrated too, always good to drink as much water as you can

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