My word for 2013 is health. I thought for quite a while about a number of words, but this one kept coming back to me. There are many aspects to this word for me, and many reasons to choose it.
- My physical health. As some of you know, I have a chronic health condition called Interstitial Cystitis (or as some specialists like to call it, Painful Bladder Syndrome). Although it is much milder than some people seem to experience, it is still bothersome. I am also prone to cystitis infections in general (unrelated to the disease). This year was particularly tough, and I’d like to improve the quality of my health in this regards. This ties in to a lot of things, but most importantly means working on diet and exercise. This ties in nicely to my second goal around my physical health, which is to lose the weight I gained this year working in an office every day (10 pounds). To do this I would like to be exercising more frequently, and again, watching my diet. Some of these changes I have already made and they are now a work in progress.
- My mental health. I am someone who worries a lot. Most of it is unnecessary, so I am going to be working on keeping my mental health at a stable balance, and find ways to stop the little voice that likes to worry about needless things.
- My social health. I don’t have a large circle of friends, as I’ve always been a bit of an introvert. However, I do miss having people outside my family to go for walks with, or have chats with. I am going to work on extending that hand of friendship a little more this year.
- My family health. This is a big year in our family. Mr. Kate turned 40 in 2012, and this year it is my turn. As well, just before I turn 40, Bushboy turns 13. For some reason that last one is a big one for me, and so I want to do some evaluating on how our family works and be ready to adapt what is needed to allow our family to remain healthy (and not just physically) into this new stage.
- My personal achievement health. This is related to my mental health, I suppose, but I consider it a separate thing as I would like to continue to develop my editing career as well as get back to my own personal writing this year. My brain needs this, and so do I for my sense of self.
These five aspects of health really are all inter-related. Moving more will help my brain worry less, and worrying less will help me write more, etc etc. So, how to manage such a big word? Well, this year I’m going to break it down into some mini challenges. I think they’ll be about every six weeks, although some may be sooner. They will cover all of the aspects to my word, and help me focus on each one in more detail. I am starting with my physical health, as I know that when I feel better physically, a lot of the other parts are easier to bring together. I would love to extend these challenges to everyone, as they will be simple and don’t require that you have health as your word for the year. If you feel like joining me, I will have a check-in at the end of the month to talk about how I’m doing, and would love to hear from any of you in the comments.
My first challenge is to move more. I do walk the dog regularly, however I would like to add some good stretching/yoga into the mix, as well as some other movement. I’m hoping that movement will result in a couple of pounds lost by the end of January, as well as make me feel better through the darkest days of the winter.
There you have it, my word for 2013. Probably the biggest word I’ve tackled, but I think also the most concrete and easiest to define.
Welcome 2013. I’m ready for you!