What a year! This year has been a crazy year for me. I have definitely had a lot to deal with this year as well as learned a lot about myself.
During the last month of every year I like to reflect on the past year, see what I have learned, what my achievements are as well as what I could do differently in the next year. Writing things down for me is therapeutic and I always feel better. This blog post is more of a diary entry than a post for others. The only thing I hope this post does is for you and others is to think about what you have learned from this year.
I think for me 2022 has been one of the bigger years for learning and growth. Not just physically but also mentally. What I have learned I hope to expand on in 2023.
Here are the things I have learned in 2022:
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1. More about my health condition
Having worked with the Dorset Pain Clinic I got to learn so much from their programme. Learning about the science behind pain and about Fibromyalgia was so helpful in understanding how I can live with this condition. The programme has now given me tips and advice on how I can improve myself and reduce my symptoms.
Throughout this year I have continued to learn (sometimes the hard way!) about pacing and changing my whole life pretty much. Do not get me wrong, this is a continuous learning journey, I will have to follow to be healthiest and happiest I can be.
In the next year I want to develop more body’s strength and my body condition. My mission is to be the healthiest I can going into the next chapter of my life.
2. To know my worth
This sounds like a very simple thing but actually it is something I have struggled with. This is about me not being as confident as I would like to be. But, it is an area I want to focus on and develop. When I talk about knowing my worth I mean in all areas of my life. I know what I am willing to accept and what I deserve in my personal relationships. I know regardless of who the relationship is with I have to protect my own mental health and wellbeing – which can be incredibly difficult.
When it comes to my blog I struggle to know my worth, sometimes I would have pinch-me moments especially when I have had big brands collaborate with me. But, this year I really did turn a corner when it comes to my confidence in my blog and confidence, it has allowed me to say no to collaborations or work that I do not feel is fairly priced.
3. I am capable
After my work accident and then my diagnosis of Fibromyalgia my life changed, my health took a priority, it is still is but this year I learned that I am still capable of learning. This year I took an online Children and Young People’s Mental Health course and this was really informative. I love that I have this knowledge and can use it to help others. As my chronic illness affected my whole life it is also made me loose confidence in my abilities, especially when I struggle with brain fog. However, it boosted self-esteem because I hadn’t been in a learning environment for maybe 7 years, and to pass it with flying colours boosted my confidence and my self esteem.
4. Foods to avoid
Through my chronic pain journey not only did I learn about the science of pain but I learned what foods can cause me problems as well as making my symptoms worse. I learned about gut health and how your gut is your second brain. Your gut impacts your physical, mental health and the levels of pain. Definitely read up on gut health it is so interesting.
This has allowed me to learn about how I can change my diet and lifestyle to improve my quality of life. Next year this will be another one of my goals to work on.
I have probably learned much more including: to start standing up for myself, the positive impact of selfcare, blog contracts, more about SEO and who the people I can trust are in my life. This has allowed me to reflect on the past year and I feel confident going into 2023 that I am ready to embrace all the opportunities and growth I can make in the following year.
This year has definitely been a year of knowledge for me. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about my condition and tools to have in my toolkit to deal with symptoms. I am really excited to start a new year and a chance to learn and experience more things.
What is one thing you have learned the year? I’d love to hear in the comments.