Now is the time when you will start hearing, “So, what’s your New Year’s resolution?” or “out with the old and in with the new.” How about the familiar saying, “it’s time to turn over a new leaf.” Whatever your mantra may be, the beginning of a new year is a great time to begin new habits and leave bad ones behind. It is a time to set goals for yourself and maybe even create a “vision board ” of all the things you wish for this year. I do this every year and it amazes me how many things come to fruition.
Although you might have good intentions on January 1st, New Year’s resolutions are eventually forgotten, broken or even ignored; the regret of falling off the wagon sets in if the commitment is too daunting. So instead of treating the resolution as a restriction, approach it as a lifestyle change or even a CHALLENGE, if that works for you. I have a patient that enlisted help from her friend. Back in October, she asked her friend to simply say, “I challenge you to not eat chocolate until the end of the year.” This worked for her. She not only succeeded in the three month challenge but now she no longer craves chocolate or sweets for that matter! Pick one challenge you can stick to for 21 days. Once it is achieved it gives you motivation and confidence to continue and make a new challenge for yourself. Get a friend or family member involved.
Let the next 12 months be an opportunity for self improvement and lasting change. Let it be a time to improve your spiritual, mental, emotional and of course, physical health. You can achieve optimal health by obtaining the right balance of all four, actually it is a necessity. For example, you may want to try meditation for spiritual health, crossword or Sudoku puzzles for mental health and journaling for emotional health. Try pen to paper journaling since writing engages both sides of the brain, the analytical and creative sides. And finally, how about a kick boxing session to improve physical health! The way I see it, any form of physical activity will assist in gaining the benefits of improved spiritual, mental and emotional well-being.
So, who’s up for the challenge? I challenge you to 366 days of healthy self nourishment in any shape or form. Okay, okay, you can be a rebel on February 29th.
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Talk soon! Much love,