2017 has been a year of changes and adjustments for me. I returned from a long overseas trip in New Zealand in January, got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in April and started a new job in May. I think these are big life moments, having to cope with a chronic illness while adjusting to a new work environment. I’ve got to confess that I struggled a lot and I do still struggle sometimes. I’ve gotten much better but I do still have my bad days. Hence, this post is a reminder to myself for the new year.
So let’s start 2018 on a more positive note.
I want to focus on being healthier, mentally and physically. I haven’t been prioritising my health because there were difficult days adjusting to a new work environment. I need to learn to focus, de-stress and adjust to my new normal instead. Being on medication for the long term is a process of adjustment so I am currently working on improving my expectations.
I have also decided to slow down my travel this year. I’ve travelled 3 times since I was diagnosed. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage my expectations with my condition so my travel experience could have been better. This year, I will be a little bit more cautious with my travel planning instead. At least I get to save the money instead, yay!
I also want to be more consistent with my writing this year. My writing is usually affected by my mood so my lack of posts are sometimes (not always) because I couldn’t get myself out of my rut, to put it simply. I shall try to work this out on my own because there are a lot of travel that I have yet to write about. I’ll probably mix up my travel stories for a bit of variety. More importantly, I shall try to stop overthinking and just keep posting instead.
Honestly, medication has improved my condition a lot at the moment but it’s still a long road for me. As hyperthyroidism affects hormones, I do have good and bad days. Like I said, I will have to learn to cope with the new normal instead because it may never be the normal that I’m used to before. That will be my goal for 2018.
On that note, I’m grateful and really thankful to everyone who have been reading my posts all this while. I really enjoy and appreciate your comments on my posts so I’m sorry if I may be late replying sometimes.
Hope that you had a good start to 2018! 🙂