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New Rules for the New Year

January 12th, 2023 at 03:54 pm

I'm not making resolutions so much as new rules. I've already instituted the haircut rule -- one cut per quarter. Now I'm adding a few more. No more buying beef at the grocery store. There are so many things I like to make with chicken. And many meatless dishes, as well. It's just not worth it to buy beef. But I will allow myself the occasional hamburger -- or beef-based meal -- when I go out. That will be the treat that supports the rule. Another rule -- no more using my phone at night. I know it's keeping me awake. Why do I do it? And no more looking at the news feed at all. It only depresses me. During the day, I'm cutting out a couple of games and cutting down on the one I continue to like. Simplifying.

A couple of rules that will actually cost me more: use the parking app and stop looking around for free parking. It's an exercise in frustration. So much more calming to just park where I need to and pay the little bit it costs. Also, put health first. Go see the doctor instead of hoping something will go away. Be willing to spring for a test instead of cheaping out and then paying for it in anxiety. And do all the things that I know will help, healthwise. Go to the gym. Walk. Eat more fiber. Cut down on sugar. Stretch! Relax. Drink water. Humidify. Never, ever, ever skip my medication.

Nothing really earth-shattering here, but all things I think will make life a little better in 2023. And all easy to do.

5 Responses to “New Rules for the New Year”

  1. Wink Says:

    I am following many of the same health strategies as you are. It's a practical and sensible approach without unrealistic diets or restrictions. Here's to a happy and healthy 2023 CB!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I know that cutting out the news for the most part and only tuning in when my husband alerts me to something big going on, has made me feel a lot less stressed. I'm at the point now where unless aliens come to Earth, I don't want to know.

  3. terri77 Says:

    Good ideas! I haven’t made any resolutions or rules for the New Year. I stopped even thinking about making them.

  4. MagicPenny Says:

    I love these kinds of resolutions, realistic ones that will actually make a difference immediately. I should follow some form of not using phone at night, I struggle with sleep.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Well thought out resolutions.

    I have tried to distance myself from a lot of the news as well.

    Good plan on being nice to yourself!

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