2019 – A Year of Wellness

This year, instead of setting myself resolutions, I’ve decided to set myself a series of monthly ‘challenges’ in the hope that I’ll leave 2019 as a better person.  I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve said I want to start yoga, read more, eat better… you get the jist. Somehow I never manage to get around to doing them. You know how it is, there’s always something that comes up. Which is why, in 2019, I’ll be dedicating a whole month to trying something new. It will be the year of working on me – a year of wellness. But don’t worry I won’t be shoving jade eggs up my vagina or steaming it. I’m talking about real wellness.

Shelley Beth all wrapped up in a black hat, scarf and jacket smiling in the winter sun

What is Wellness? 

It’s a buzzword mentioned in the headlines daily, on social media every few seconds and has probably caused your eyes to roll at least once! Wellness isn’t necessarily going to the gym five times a week, drinking smoothies in the morning or meditating as the sun rises; it’s completely unique to each person. 

According to the World Health Organisation “Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Global Wellness Day says it is “an active process of becoming aware and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.” Quite the broad definition. I’m sure each person will take it to mean something slightly different. So one size really doesn’t fit all.

Shelley Beth walking along a wall in a Zara jumpsuit, leopard print headband and trainers

A year of Wellness 

Over the last few weeks, I’ve made time to reflect back on the year and think about the good, bad and the ugly. I made notes of all of the things that I have enjoyed at some point or another and have said that I will do again. Yes, a few of them are a little cliche (hello yoga and meditation) but they’re all something that I think will add value to my life and bolster my overall wellness – whether that be physical, mental or social.

So each month in 2019 I’m going to pick one of these things and take a deep dive into it. I want to educate myself on the topic and try a few different ways of making it part of my daily or weekly routine. For example, in February I really want to work on a good sleep routine, there are loads of different sleep tips and tricks, so I’m going to try a few and take notes as I go along. At the end of each month, I want to share a little bit about the topic along with my ‘wellness diary’ and an overall conclusion. Heck, who knows I may even discover some of the things aren’t for me at all, but you never know if you don’t try!

Shelley Beth smiling in a black bobble  hat and black Zara scarf with pearls on in the low light of the winter sun

Why a month? 

Basically, an entire month seems like a long enough period time to test something out to me. Without sounding like a massive wanker, I’m a busy person, so trying something for a week or two probably won’t work. A month, however, could give me a few days, or even a week, of not doing something when I’m busy, but still, give me enough time to give it my best shot.

I know that research suggests that it can 66 days to form a new habit, but that seems like a long enough time to avoid doing something and then forget you were supposed to do it in the first place. Especially if I am unsure whether the activity will add to my overall wellbeing, somehow. Some studies have suggested 18 – 66 days for new habits so I’m hoping that I’ll be one of the people on the lower end of the scale!

Shelley Beth walking along a wall in a black Zara jumpsuit and white trainers in the low light of the winter sun

The inspiration 

Unsurprisingly, a year of Wellness isn’t something that I thought up overnight. It’s been brewing away in the back of my mind for a while. I’ve chatted about podcasts on here before, but if you know me in real life, you’ll know that I’m always plugged into one. A favourite of mine from the last year has been the Emma Guns Show. One of the things she did last year was 26 habits, where she would try something new every two weeks and report back on it. I spent a whole year being hooked on the episodes, learning so much and wishing I was taking part. But, as I mentioned before two weeks wouldn’t work for me. So I’ve taken inspiration from her and come up with a slightly different plan.

What happens after a month? 

After trying something new for the month, I’m going to share my experience, whether it has been good, or bad. If I decide it has had a positive impact on my wellbeing and is something that I can continue to do, I’ll be carrying on doing it – simple! Hopefully this way, I’ll leave 2019 as a better person with my wellness in check, or as in check as it can be – it’s more of an ongoing thing.

Shelley Beth smiling putting on a black bobble hat in the low light of the winter sun

The plan so far 

I mentioned in my monthly 5 things post that the cold, dark winter months are for being kind to yourself so I’m easing myself in gently. In January I’m going to take the plunge and spend time thinking about what I actually want from life and what’s important to me. I’ll be trying my hand at vision boarding and a few other techniques. In February, I’ll be perfecting my sleep schedule in the hope that I can break the habit of falling asleep watching Youtube and in March I want to read more and work out a way of fitting reading back into my life.

As for the rest of the year, yoga, meditation, eating sustainably, clearing out my wardrobe are just some of the things on my list. I’m really keen to slot things in, in months that makes sense and not pile a load of pressure on myself at the start of the year. I promise I’m not just being dis-organised, there’s a method to my madness!

So if a year of wellness sounds appealing to you, why not join in? All you need is a list of twelve things (or a handful of things for the first few months) and the determination to try each and every one. Let me know if you’re onboard and we can give each other a bit of moral support throughout the year.

So here’s to a year of Wellness! 


Photos by Laura Stafford Smith and Laura Ellen Wright

Jumpsuit, leopard print headband and pearl scarf – Zara (old), Leather jacket – New look (old) and Trainers – ASOS (old)



  1. 5th January 2019 / 15:21

    What a fabulous idea! I am going to do a similar thing – I live pretty sustainably but want to try to change one thing every month to to climate waste, plastic and be more ethical in the way we live.

    And one BIG goal is to get the life/work balance in check and enjoy EVERYDAY.

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