I don’t do New Year resolutions. I have never done them, I think they only set people up for failure. And when you have a lovely, uncertain, chronic health condition such as I, the typical resolutions of “lose 15 lbs by Valentine’s Day” are probably unrealistic.
So I’ll just write some broad, long-term goals. I have actually been starting to do a few of these in the past few weeks, but an arbitrary date, such as the New Year, is a good time to write them down. Here goes:
1) Keep better track of my health. Right now I’m sort of “winging it”. I haven’t been keeping track of what meds I take when. I’ve actually weaned myself off of some of my meds in a haphazard fashion due to cost issues. I should have kept better track of that. And I need to organize my health information and records in a more coherent way (other than the messy pile they are currently in).
2) I want to look into more holistic health options. I was seeing a naturopath when I started getting sicker. Since I have had lack of funds, I have stopped all my herbals and vitamins. But I know there are cheaper and better ways to care for my body other than traditional western medicine. I just need to find the right balance between western medicine and complementary medicine.
3) Eat healthier. I won’t put “lose weight” as a goal, because I know that taking long term steroids seriously puts that goal in jeopardy. But “eating healthy” means getting more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water. I can do that.
4) More movement. Again, I won’t set out a goal to do a set number of exercise each day. But with a goal of “more movement” I can feel satisfied if I stretch once a day, if I took a 10 minute walk.
5) Better sleep hygiene. Since I stopped taking some of my meds due to cost, namely my Lyrica (which I had been on for years), I have been having more issues sleeping. Some nights during the past few weeks I have had 2-3 hours of sleep at the most. That is unacceptable and it has to get better. I know what to do, I just have to do it. Set bedtime, set a routine, take something if I need to BEFORE midnight. I know that I can do this if I set my mind to it.
6) Look into every available option of insurance, funds, and help for my condition. I know help is out there. I have to find it.
So that’s it. I hope to be working on this and blogging around these issues. It is evident that I’m stuck with this crap for the long term. I have to find a better way to live than popping my meds and laying on the couch.