New Year is a time for many to refresh, start over or begin something new. A chance for us to put into action and implement the many things that we want to do, see and achieve in our lives. It can also be an incredibly testing and tough time for many, as we transition out of holiday mode, Christmas and New year celebrations, the post festive splurge and often, lots of alcohol and sugary foods which can leave us feeling less than our best. Holiday celebrations and the start of a New Year can leave us feeling depleted, down and even questioning our life choices.
For some, it’s a winter in a literal sense, and for others, it’s merely a winter of mind.
Much like there are seasons in weather, we too have seasons. Times for stepping out, extroversion and being seen, and times where we need to cocoon, retreat inwards and reflect. And, whilst I don’t adhere to the “New Year, New You” hype, I do warrant January as a chance for us to pause and take stock of where we’ve been and how we’d like to pivot to our next stop.
If like many, your highlight reel on social media and your inbox has been filled with the push of New Year resolutions and making this your best year yet then perhaps you’ve even found yourself questioning if you’ve been doing enough or have enough planned, strategised and lined up for this new year? Whether that’s in business or life. It can feel like a pressure cooker with let up in sight.
So, my question to you is this; what if you simply made following what feels expansive your priority for 2019? ⠀
If you find yourself hitting the new year feeling more frazzled then ‘let’s do this’, then here are 10 steps today that you can implement to avoid getting caught up in the hype and bring the feel good vibes back to you:
Come back to your key values and remembering what’s important to you. Take a moment to consider what’s important to you. Yes we’d all love to have abs of steel and butt to match but if like most, you also enjoy the odd dinner and have a more relaxed approach to exercising then don’t beat yourself up about it. Having a body that looks like it’s come out of a magazine is a work of art in itself and it requires dedication and sacrifice in the form of nights out with friends, saying no to certain foods and hitting the gym even on days where you don’t feel like it. There’s nothing wrong with either approach to life either, it’s simply a choice and a chance for you to get clear on what is important to you.
If it helps write it down.
Get outside and into nature. There really is nothing that mama nature can’t fix. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Nature heals. If you find yourself feeling down, lethargic or all up in your head. Get outside - whether it’s going for a walk, run, swim or simply sitting on a bench. Even if the weather isn’t great just being exposed to UV rays for 10-15 minutes will do wonders for your mindset.
Stock up on sleep. You can’t make good decisions when you’re lacking in sleep so make sleep and a bed time ritual a priority.
Move your body. It doesn’t need to be an impact or high intensity session, simply going for a walk or going to a yoga class will help you feel more grounded and centred.
Getting some nourishing food in your body. Stock up on veggies and make a beautiful tray of roasted veg or a hearty veg soup. Soup acts as a wonderful hug in a bowl of goodness.
Talk to someone and share how you’re feeling. You’re not in this alone. Please don’t be afraid to reach out to someone.
Breathe. Come back to your breath. The powerhouse of life.
Get a massage or have a sauna. Detoxing your body is a great way to get things moving and any post Christmas toxins out your system and feeling great again.
Take time to sit with the space and discomfort that comes from stillness and not having all the answers. You don’t need to have your entire year worked out yet. Breathe.
Write a list of the things that make you feel expansive, light and filled with hope. Can you do one of those today?
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And remember, here’s to a new year, not a new you.