As I briefly mentioned in the Yin Yoga post, I suffered an acute hearing loss some days before Christmas 2016. I got lucky and most of the symptoms disappeared within a week. But I took the episode as huge warning shot and decided to set health and healing as Priority 1™.
New year resolutions have never worked for me. But I came along this idea of having a theme for a year. So 2016 is the year of health and healing.
Here's what I did in telegram style. I could write a whole post about each bullet point, but for now the bird's eye view has to do...
Pulling the breaks (Dec 20 to Jan 3)
- stopped everything
- took long walks
- talked to friends and family
- found out how to have relaxed time with the kids, instead of perceiving it as a constant cat-herding task (this sounds worse than it is – we're still recovering from the first two years of having twins and often our buttons are still pushed by minor things...)
- collected all health related ideas in a huge bucket list (ongoing)
- got into continous observer mode to catch automated behaviour and its triggers
- started to do kitchen Mise en place – Wikipedia in the evenings
- looked into TaiChi and Yoga
- made a health folder on my phone homescreen to collect useful apps
- decided to try out as much as feels good in the first 6 weeks of 2016 and and analyze after, and continue that pattern through the rest of the year
To re-use terms I'm familiar with, I'm calling these periods "sprints".
Sprint 1 (Jan 4 to Feb 14)
- simplified and reduced my morning routine to sth I can safely commit to doing every day.
- got into Yin Yoga
- got off track by writing a "useless" custom mobile offline-first timer web app – which was good fun and i learned a lot (eg how to DIY a poor man's Redux in jQuery ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
- did so much Yin Yoga that I needed to take a rest (two long sessions per day is a bit much for a noob)
- cut back work to 90%
- got granted 1,5 days remote work per week which with the 90% time results in just being three days per week at the office. This reduces my commute a lot – roughly 6 hours per week. (Remote working is very out of norm at Jimdo, and I'm really grateful for this!)
- did meditate more often for longer periods of time
- bought a good water tracker which helps me to keep my water intake above the recommended ~3.0 litres per day
- looked a bit into the body's acid/alkaline balance, did some ph tests, decided to shelve that topic for later
- started to put first easy exercising into morning routine
- started going to bed before 22h consistently to guarantee 7+ hours of sleep
- started reading 15% of a book each day so I read regularly and can finish one book per week (not seeing it as task though – reading is fun and relaxing)
- observe if and how a health budget of 10% of waking time might work. That budget would be for both mental and physical health, so drawing and reading for example are part of it.
- never re-installed twitter and tumblr on my phone
- started taking ginko which has a good track record of helping tinitus (I've kept a tiny one from the hearing loss)
- did a couple weeks of Kinesio Tape (ongoing)
- finally made and attended the dentist appoinent i was procrastinating for more than a year
- started fixing my blog setup so writing is simpler. Writing helps me lot on getting a clear view. Used blot last year before, now back to Jekyll (missed it as a learning device, for example am now using a custom build so I have plugins and can play with the poor man's deployment)
- skimmed through dozens of books on health related topics (mostly yoga)
- freshed up ergonomics, eg tested chairs, switched to my Roost Laptop Stand at home, currently testing an ergonomic keyboard
Benefits of Sprint 1
- I am much more positive and start catching more and more negative behaviour patterns.
- I have more energy and feel less tired
- I sleep better
- I became much more sensitive to my needs and how I feel which helps to not overdo things, get regular rests and breaks, further seperate personal and work life, etc
These are the things that I feel I can safely commit to from today on:
- do my 3x15 routine each morning: 15 minutes braindumping, sketching, having my first coffe, 15 minutes meditation, 15 minutes light exercising (for now mostly neck, arms, shoulders, upper back)
- a longer Yin Yoga session every other day (if that sounds interesting to you, get the original book by Paul Grilley
- drink at least 3 litres of water each day
- do a light kitchen Mise en place
- be asleep at 22h every night
I use an app called Commit to track this.
Sprint 2 (theme: food)
For the next sprint I want to focus on what I shove into my mouth all the time (and in the mouths of my family):
- find what to cook, how to plan, when to shop
- try out more natural supplements (the buzzword is "superfoods")
- reduce coffee, replace with hot water and nettle tea
- exercise regularly and try sprinting every morning
- do some simple gardening and get back on the longboard as soon as the weather permits
- visit the orthopedian (procrastinating for two years)
- switch to shorter 28 day cycles for sprints
Start is Feb 14.
If you're actually still reading – thx for time and don't hesitate to ask me about stuff. DMs are open :)