Fear and Loathing in 2018

Yes, I did steal this title from a Johnny Depp film (and a good one at that!).

Would you look at that – I’m back. In case you didn’t realise, the last post I published was the one about how stressed I am, and whilst the stress has not completely gone, I’d say it’s (hopefully) getting better. I’m not in the stress-free place I want to be, but I think I’m getting there. And how else to get there than by making some new year resolutions?

2018 is going to be a weird year for me. I turn 18 in January, do my A-levels in June and then, fingers crossed, go to uni at the end of September. It really is a big milestone in my life, one that I have been excited for since I was about 13, but also one that is now scaring me to death. What I hadn’t realised about myself is that I’m not that great with change, especially when I’m just starting to really enjoy my life and everything in it.

I know next year is looking to be even more stressful than this one has been, so I’ve decided to try and make some resolutions that I want to stick to so that I don’t fall under again. So, without further ado, here are:

Drew’s Resolutions So That She Doesn’t Completely Lose Her Mind in 2018:

  1. Try to have fun. If everything seems to be going wrong and I’m stressed out of my mind, I’m going to try to have fun to combat that. Whether that’s a meal out with my friends or watching one of my favourite films, I want to try to get myself into a better mindset rather than stressing myself out to infinity and beyond. So if any of my friends get a request for a nice trip out, assume I am stressed out (again!).
  2. Write more. For someone that wants to be a writer, I really don’t spend enough time actually writing. Even if it’s just 750 words a day, that’s still over 5000 a week. I need to get into the mindset of making myself write everyday, then maybe I can actually finish something for once in my life.
  3. Bullet journal every week. So apparently, I have a bullet journal now. Becoming one of those semi-organised people wasn’t planned, but I sure am enjoying it. By keeping everything in one place, I seem to know exactly what I’m doing and it does seem to help. After all, my life seems to be one constant to-do list that I’m just not on top of.
  4. Get into a good sleeping pattern. Body, this one is for you. Getting up in the morning is one of the hardest things for me, even if I know it’s not that bad once I’m actually up. All I need to do is go to sleep at a normal time and wake up at the same time every day, and then maybe my body will not try to get me to fall asleep at 2pm. Trying not to fall asleep 5th period has become a daily struggle for me, and I really need to stop it.
  5. Relax. Whether that’s lighting a candle and reading a book, or getting a nice Lush bath, I just want to be able to relax more. Even if I have so much work that I’m not on top of, I want to take time out of each day to relax, then I’ll be in a better space to actually do that work. It really is beneficial, so I want to be able to relax more to have a healthier mind.

Hopefully I won’t go AWOL for another few months now, but who knows? Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and I’ll see you in the New Year!

Always, Drew xxx

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