Saturday, 6 January 2018

My Word for 2018

For the first time last year, I took a somewhat different approach and instead of making a New Year's resolution, I went with a word for the year. Something to focus my mind on.  The word I went with was 'Health'.  

I went into 2017 hoping to be able to improve my health after my PCOS diagnosis in 2016 but unfortunately, whilst I was able to focus on my health, it was for all the wrong reasons and I didn't see any real changes.  I had ear infections, numerous coughs and colds, the worry and concern surrounding the lump on my jaw and diagnosis of TMD, further problems with the PCOS and IBS and a number of other niggling concerns that need to be addressed in the coming weeks.

So for 2018, I've chosen a new word for the year which covers many areas in my life, including my health. My word for 2018 is 


Myself. My physical health. My mental health. 

This year I turn 36 and for as long as I can remember I have made - and failed - the same resolutions. Something has to be done about it. I need to be more proactive about it but at the same time, less hard on myself if things don't go as planned. 

I want to improve my energy levels.  I usually get about 6 hours sleep a night, if I'm lucky but even if I do get longer, I'm still shattered. I feel sluggish, lacking in energy and could happily crawl back into bed if given half the chance. Some weekends I can be dozing on the sofa before 10am, which is crazy. Some nights, after the school run etc, when we sit for a cuddle on the sofa, I find myself dozing off. If I'm not doing something whilst watching TV in the evening, I will often fall asleep.  

The old saying, 'you can't pour from an empty cup', is so true. Self care always feels like something I have to squeeze in between everything else, I've been making more of an effort recently but there's always room for improvement. From having a long soak in the bath to having my brows threaded. 

I want to improve my diet and weight by eating healthier and moving more. Its so much easier to just grab whatever is to hand but by doing that, I'm ignoring my food intolerances and this is just contributing to everything else. I need to improve both my motivation, organisation and knowledge to address this. The food side is where I need to really concentrate and I think, if I could find the time to complete it, a short nutrition course would be helpful. There's just so many things I'm supposed to avoid because they contain one of my triggers and then there's other foods I'm meant to avoid (anything high in sugar, fat or carbs, from what I can gather) because they are known to trigger issues on the PCOS side of things. I find it all very confusing but I need to get my head round it and soon (note to self - perhaps request an appointment with a Dietician through the the Doctors?).

I've got my journal and its following the same format as last year. Each day is set out in the same format with motivational quotes stuck in here and there, whilst using stickers makes it easy for me identify the different sections: 

Food and drink - writing down exactly what I have had to eat and drink.
How I'm feeling - any symptoms, my mood
Monthly cycle - Tracking it as best I can
Gratitude - Things I'm feeling grateful for that day (more on that below!)
Steps, distance and active minutes - data taken from my Gear Fit 2.

Years ago, I would keep a journal, of sorts. Remembering to update it as and when but it would often fall by the wayside. This is the second year I've made writing in it part of my daily routine. Last year there were a few weeks where I failed but on the whole I managed to keep to it.

The gratitude section is to help me focus on the positive things in my day, I've read that it helps to lift the mood and attract further positive things into one's life.   

Have you chosen a word for the year? Do you think it can help to focus your mind?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on choosing a word for the year. 

As well as a word for 2018, I'm also setting myself a handful of goals. I'm keeping them simple and will share them soon.  

Regardless of what's achieved, here's hoping for a wonderful 2018. 


  1. Improve is a good one, you can apply it across any area of life. I'm sure you will make progress on this one. #TwinklyTuesday

  2. This is a fabuloud post - it can't be easy having to deal with several health issues but using your journal to keep on top of it all sounds like a brilliant plan. I have a word of the year for the blogging side of things but maybe I need to do a word just for me too. I'll have a think about what it will be:) #TwinklyTuesday

  3. I don't normally do resolutions but this year I have decided to have a self-care Sunday as I often forget to look after myself!


  4. Great idea! I haven't thought about choosing a word of the year, but this seems fab and very inspirational :) #TwinklyTuesday

  5. Not chosen a word for the year, but it doesn't seem like a bad idea. If I had to, mine would be something along the lines of health, and more importantly from a mental health side. But that could be the same for most years.

  6. That’s a great resolution. Look after your health and everything else will fall into place.

  7. I love the idea of choosing one word to focus on - it seems so simple, yet covers such a vast array of areas. I'm going to have a think and choose a word for 2018, thank you for the inspiration :) #TwinklyTuesday

  8. This is a great post and what a wonderful word to go into 2018 with. I'm not sure what mine would be but perhaps something like 'action' - after a year of change for me in 2017 I want to start DOING all the things I'm dreaming of!

    Happy New Year and thanks for sharing. Great to be part of Twinkly Tuesdays x

  9. Hi, Happy New year I hope that you manage your new year goals successfully. II find that writing things down always helps me keep track of what I am up to good or bad. Having gratitude is so important but often something many of us can take for granted #TwinklyTuesday

  10. Self care is so important. After a couple of years putting myself bottom of the pile late last year I started making some changes and the improvement has been drastic. From little things like spending a bit of money on just me, hello gin subscription box, to bigger things like getting in a daily walk by myself and making sure I meditate and read and do the things I love. #TwinklyTuesdays

  11. I haven't chosen a word for the year but now after reading this I think that maybe I should! #TwinklyTuesday

  12. Health is such a good word that you selected for 2018. It is so broad and touches on so many areas not just selfcare. This is such a great idea to choose a word. I need to give this a thought and see what word will be mine for 2018. #TwinklyTuesday

  13. What a lovely idea to choose a word. The word "health" is so broad and it doesn't just have to focus of selfcare - you can branch out to so many factors. I haven't really thought about choosing a word for 2018 - will have to think about what I want to focus on for this year. Thanks for sharing.TwinklyTuesday

  14. Improve is a good word because it doesn't have major pressure. You just have to improve - you're not setting yourself outlandish targets and unrealistic goals. Honestly I think sleep is so important, if I could get more sleep I would definitely be more pro active during the day! #TwinklyTuesday

  15. This all makes perfect sense - I haven't picked a word to focus on before but it sounds like a good idea! #twinklytuesday

  16. That's a great word; improve covers a lot of areas. My word for this year is focus, I can also apply it to every aspect of my life. Good luck with everything you want to achieve! #TwinklyTuesday


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