I’ve always liked setting intentions. I find that the start of the week, month, or year are instances where I can really refocus, moving forward with a new drive. Since I started teaching, I find that doing this also helps me break things down so they’re more manageable. Change takes time, and you shouldn’t try to do everything at once. Working in a step by step manner seems to be the best way to eventually reach substantial, positive differences.
ONE// Stay Present
November marks the beginning of the holiday season, which can become very overwhelming very quickly. I find that I get caught up in the planning and the chaos, struggling to remain in the moment, during the most important moments. This month I’ll finally be able to see family and friends that I haven’t seen in months and I want to make sure I take full advantage of the brief, precious time that we have together.
TWO// Read More
Lately, I’ve been coming home from work exhausted from going, going, going all day long. I find myself vegged out on the couch, wrapped in a bathrobe, not wanting to move- let alone think. I’ll flip on Netflix and sit for hours, if I can. However, this month, I want to start getting away from that. I have a whole bookshelf of stories I need to dive into and I want to stop using exhaustion as an excuse.
THREE// Drink Less
With my social calendar filling up, the amount of alcohol I’ve been drinking lately has increased. While I won’t be too hard on myself, because I do make it a point to drink responsibly, I want to stay conscious as I move into this month about the amount of alcohol I’m drinking. There’s nothing wrong with opting for water at dinner.
FOUR// Stay Active
I found a local hot yoga class that I love, but some days, I struggle actually getting out the door. When I have a plan, I do well- Tuesday class, Thursday class. I find, however, that if something comes up to alter the schedule I’ve planned, everything pretty much goes out the window. I’m not sure why this happens, but for now, I’m simply going to challenge myself to stay active. I think sometimes people forget that you don’t necessarily have to be sweating it out at the gym. Yoga, meditation, walking, hiking, and bike riding are all ways to improve your health.
FIVE// Turn Off My Phone Before Bed
This one is the worst, and the most specific. I use my phone as my alarm, which I need to stop doing. I check it before bed to make sure it’s all set and get sucked into scrolling. It’s most certainly the thing that prevents me from falling asleep as easily as I should and I would love to change that. It seems like it should be an easy change, but some habits are tough to break.
Have you set any November intentions? I would love to hear what your goals are for the month; feel free to share in the comments below!