This is more a question for myself than for you all. While 2017 saw many changes, experiences and challenges, I just feel like I missed it all. I feel like I can’t remember all the good times, only how I ended up in the dentist’s chair having my last baby tooth removed. A baby tooth I hear you ask, but yes, I had a baby tooth still at the young age of 34.
But when I found myself willingly going to the dentist with really bad toothache I was hoping he’d tell me I needed a filling. But no, as I suspected I’d been grinding my teeth so much that my poor baby tooth finally had enough and was jumping up and down more than Missy on our bed.
So how had I gotten here, how had I let myself get so stressed that I had to wear my nightguard again at night, sexy or what!! To be honest I think it wasn’t until I was in the dentist chair that I recognised just how stressed I was. Reflecting on it all, the stress had impacted not just my teeth but clearly my state of mind and even worse, my family. For now, I won’t dwell on what was causing all the stress, it’ll only stress me out again. For now, it’s about accepting I was, am, stressed and tackling it head-on.
- Get back to meditation. I started to use the app Headspace last year. I’m not too sure why I stopped using it, but I’m back now. This time I’ve started with the Stress package. To motivate myself I bought some new shiny bluetooth headphones. Nothing like new tech in our house to get you moving.
- Have small daily goals. In a moment of madness, I’ve signed up to two daily challenges. One is a writing challenge being run by Nadia from Cottage Notebook on her facebook group page, Cottage Notebook Group. At day 6 currently and I’m loving the encouragement and focus this is giving me. The second is a photo challenge on Instagram, follow along with the hashtag #gngphotochallenge.
- Tackle the weight. I loved Christmas, I loved all the eating I did and don’t feel one bit guilty. But since returning to work last year it hasn’t budged, well not in the right direction anyway. So hopefully if the above help relax me I won’t want to reach for the chocolate box at work anymore. I might also stay away from the cheese for a while…….can’t believe I just said that. Exercise is back on track as well with great encouragement from The Dad and my cousin.
So plenty of deep breaths and keep on trucking.