To me, the new year means a time to reset and get back to routine after 6+ weeks of festivities. I’ve never been much for resolutions because they’ve always been so easy to forgot about by the end of January. But I do think that the start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the things that have and haven’t worked for me in the past year. As we’ve made it to the second week of the new year, I wanted to share some of the things that I learned, experienced, and grew from in 2017.
- Just go with the flow.
“Go with the flow” was most definitely my personal mantra in 2017. The start of the year was incredibly tough for me. I returned to work on January 2 from maternity leave with my second daughter and on January 14 we moved into our forever home. I quickly became a working, pumping, commuting mother of two under two and still struggling with post-partum anxiety. I wanted to do it all, be it all and thought I was failing at it all. On top of all that, I was dealing with a miserable flare. My mind was an endless swirl of to-do’s, worries, nerves, and so much guilt. I was doing so much, but I didn’t feel like anything I was doing was “good enough.” I didn’t feel like a good mother, or like a good wife, or like a good friend, or like a good employee and so on. As the months passed and we got acclimated to our new life in the ‘burbs, I realized that sometimes I just needed to let go of my plans and expectations, cut myself some slack and focus on how amazing I really was doing, and just go with the flow. Life with kids, and just life in general, is unpredictable and even when you think you’ve got it all planned out, it decides that it has its own plan for you.
- It really does make a difference to follow the instructions…
when it comes to your psoriasis treatment. They are there for a reason and somebody probably spent a lot of time, energy, and money creating them for you. I’ve been using MetaDerm since this past summer and I’ve had my ups and downs with it. My downs can be tracked with the times when I haven’t been compliant about application. The system includes a body wash, body spray, body lotion, and scalp spray. The recommended usage for the body wash and scalp spray is once a day and it is twice a day for the body spray and body lotion. There are some aspects to the system that I will never be able to comply to because- Confession, there are days that I don’t shower, and sometimes even two in a row. Honestly, who has all that time?? So there will be days when I don’t apply the body wash or scalp spray at all. But I’ve found that if I can use at least the body spray in the morning and then apply the body cream at night, then it still works for me! I still have red, psoriasis spots but I feel and see the difference in my skin when I use the MetaDerm. It has alleviated the irritation, dryness and itchiness when I use it habitually. When I don’t, my skin hurts.
- Writing makes me happy
And it makes me better. 2017 had its fair share of writing, but I want to do it more.
I need to do it more. The ability to get my thoughts out is incredibly valuable to my mental well-being. It helps me stabilize my swirling mind to help me focus on what I can impact and how I can manage through the things that I can’t. Writing has become an outlet for personal growth and a tool for life and work management.
I’m excited to apply these learnings into this new year and build on them. I would love to hear how you approach the new year. Tell me in the comments!
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