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Wellness Wednesday : January 2018

A few weeks ago, I was included on an email thread with a group of fantastic bloggers, and one of them, Natalie from Natalie the Explorer, came up with the idea of a Wellness Wednesday linkup. She sent all of the suggested dates and topics for the year…I’m so glad that she’s way more organized than me!
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Don’t these look like great topics? I’m really excited to see everyone’s posts, particularly in November and December!
Today, we’re all talking about our wellness goals for the year, which we will update monthly also.
Since I would like to make sure that I set attainable goals that I can achieve and be proud of at the end of the year, here are my five wellness goals that I will focus on throughout 2018.
Goal #1 – Sleep at least 7 hours a night : I am so much more pleasant when I get enough sleep (file under duhhhh), and there’s really no reason for me to stay up so late. Whatever book I’m reading will still be there the next day. I can find a replay of whatever TV show I’m watching. Plus, let’s not even talk about how I waste time online…
Goal #2 – Get at least 5,000 steps per day : I have my Fitbit daily step goal set to 10,000 steps, but I can’t remember the last time I hit that goal. Unfortunately, I tend to stay pretty stationary throughout the day. Ideally, I’d hit 10,000 each day, but since I want this to be achievable, I’ll stick with half of that goal!
Wanna be Fitbit friends? Check out my Fitbit profile here. I *think* there’s a way to friend request me on there. If not, leave me a comment, and I’ll work on it!
Goal #3 – Work on stress management techniques : I tend to get worked up about things, which is not good for my blood pressure, my mental health, or the people around me. I don’t know if meditation or something else would help me with this, but I am going to explore some options and find what works best for me. I’m sure my family and friends will be thankful for this one!
Goal #4 – Drink 64+ ounces of water daily : I’ve read conflicting articles about this one. Some say that 64 ounces is a pretty arbitrary number, others say that it is the standard we need to aspire to drink. Some articles say that only water counts towards this goal while others say pretty much anything except alcohol or caffeine count. For me, I’m going to stick with the 64 ounces of actual water. If other drinks do “count” then that will just be a bonus. I know that I haven’t been drinking enough lately because I wake up thirsty. Time to remedy that!
Goal #5 – Decrease screen time : This one is still vague, and I will need to hammer out exactly what I mean by this, but I know that it’s something that I need to take control of. I sit in front of screens during my full-time job, then I come home and sit in front of more screens. There are so many personal goals I want to accomplish this year and while some of them do involve screen time (because hello, how can I blog daily unless I’m at the computer?!?), I can be smarter about my habits. This one is going to be tough, so I’m going to spend some extra time developing it.
Those are my five big wellness goals for the year! I feel like they’re primarily physical but will also have a positive impact on my mental and emotional wellness. Want to join in with your wellness goals for 2018? See more information about the linkup series below!
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  1. Looking forward to reading your progress. I had to do a google translate thing to work out what 64 oz was…& it’s close to my target of 2 litres. It’s amazing how different our terminology is. When you find the secret to stress management…please let me know 🙂

    • The different terminology fascinates me! If the United States wasn’t so stubborn, we could get in line with what just about everyone else in the world uses! Ha!

      I have a feeling like that’s going to be my toughest goal!

  2. Sleep & water are something so essential & both I slack on so badly. I dont know how those are always an issue, but they are. So dumb. But goals for me too!

    • I know! It’s like, let’s deprive our bodies of two of the cheapest and most effective things ever! Then, in my case, I drink way too much iced coffee to try to counteract the tiredness, then more because I feel so thirsty. Argh, Amber!

  3. These are great goals, Amber, and doing one will help you succeed with the others. I left a reply on my blog regarding your question on where to begin meditation. I hope it helps. Look forward to reading everyone’s progress in February.

  4. I know Natalie suggested something to help with meditation. But I have found to be very good. I am not a subscriber so just listen and use their free stuff over and over. I am cheap and a novice when it comes to meditating so don’t want to throw down money until I see how it goes.

    We have similar wellness goals. The unplugging for me comes at 9 pm. I do allow myself to read from my Nook but otherwise no phone, computer etc. Have done pretty well for about two weeks now.

    I need to sleep at least seven hours, too, and usually do except when I am rolling around ruminating about troubles in the world or in my corner of it. Hoping my concerted effort to be more peaceful overall will keep the ruminating and tossing and turning to a minimum.

    • I signed up for a account after reading your goals! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m doing a snow dance here and hoping for a long weekend to give me the opportunity to play with it. I completely agree about not wanting to spend money until seeing how it goes!

      9 PM sounds like a great time to unplug. Charlotte has been taking longer to go to sleep lately (toddler brains are difficult to slow down, I suppose), so I usually don’t get my “Amber time” until at least 9 PM. However, if I started actually pre-writing posts and doing the things I keep saying I’m going to – including getting up earlier – then I could unplug by 9:30 or 10, instead of…well, it’s 11:55 and here I am.


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