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In a world where life is so busy and time flies by, many of us have developed a strong misconception about January? Believing there is a need to change the way we do things all of a sudden. This mainly stems from the tradition of new year’s resolutions. The Collins dictionary definition of a new years resolution states:
“a promise to yourself or decision to do something, especially to improve one’s behavior or lifestyle in some way, during the year ahead”
What’s the rush?
Focus on the last four words of the dictionary definition ‘during the year ahead.’ Those four words imply that rather than rush headlong into the new year’s resolutions, you’ve set yourself. You can take your time and set a steady pace to develop a long-term plan. Easing yourself, realistically, into the life improvements you have decided upon. With most resolutions failing before January is even over, now is the time to re-adjust our thinking of how we start each new year.
Personal experience and making changes
Six years ago, I was quite ill over the new year and into the first weeks of January. As a result, I spent a long time in bed, thinking about my life and where I was at that moment in time, as well as what I still wanted to accomplish and what new year resolutions I wanted to make that year.
Since I couldn’t begin on my resolutions straight away, I had time to think about them honestly. This allowed me to focus more on how I was going to go about accomplishing them. Once I started to feel better, I decided that I would take my time to relax, recuperate, and enjoy being in the moment, before easing myself into my goals in a more orderly and attainable manner.
This has worked wonderfully for me ever since and I wanted to share this lifelong lesson I learned. Taking this approach and including resolutions on a vision board helped me kick my bad habits easily. In the past, I’d tried over and over again and never succeeded. This time by getting my head in the right place and taking the time, I did it. I have also radically changed my eating habits, mindset, and wellness routines using the same approach.
Examples of taking your time
If you are trying to lose a few pounds to attain a healthy weight. Instead of going all out and starting a strict exercise regime, which you may find impossible to keep up with after a few weeks. Or cutting out all the foods you love and going on a strict diet. Try instead to start fitting in a 20-minute brisk walk each day or a yoga sun salutation each morning. Once this becomes a habit, then add to it, walk for longer, turn it into a jog, add another type of exercise.
Change your eating habits slowly, cut the sugary drinks and snacks down. Maybe eat 80% healthy and 20% other each week. By taking things at a slow, steady pace you are giving yourself the chance to develop lifelong habits. You won’t feel like you are missing out on a nice meal and you will be able to enjoy a night out or a special occasion without feeling guilty. You won’t feel overwhelmed that you can’t keep up with a tough new exercise regime. But by building your fitness levels and eating habits up over time you will find you achieve more long-term success.
January for many animals is a month of hibernation and whilst no one is suggesting you stay in bed until spring. The darker, colder days are a time you should spend nourishing your mind, body, and soul, easing into the new year with a sense of excitement for your journey ahead. You shouldn’t be setting yourself goals that have unrealistic time frames and expectations. Your heart is beating and you are alive, enjoy the moment and the new journey you are embarking upon.
New year resolutions and what you love
It is essential to ensure any tough new year’s resolutions are offset with the inclusion of things you love. This way, you are not focusing solely on a complete change of lifestyle. Make sure you include time to do something you already enjoy doing. If you like painting, schedule an evening where you paint instead of collapsing in front of the TV. If you enjoy going to the cinema, write some cinema days on your calendar and stick to going on those days. No matter how small or simple a task, if you enjoy it, include it. No one can completely change their life with New Years Resolutions, but you can improve it if you take the time to do it properly.
One of our new year’s resolutions is to continue smoke cleansing our homes periodically throughout the year. Clearing our family’s living space of negative energies is something we feel we want to do. If you are interested in adding this to your life, you can use many herbs and flowers to do this or buy premade smoke cleansing sticks such as this wonderful sunflower one. We have also decided that this coming year, we want to bring even more spirituality and peace into our family’s and my lives, and this is one way of working towards this. So all that’s left to say is:
“We wish you a very happy year ahead, filled with love and best wishes”
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