In the midst of this ongoing pandemic, starting a new year may not have the optimistic of years past. On the other hand, spending more time at home, with ourselves, with our families, may have caused you to pause and reflect more over the past 2 years.
Instead of setting goals for the new year, many people are choosing an overall theme or word to describe their intentions for this year. If you'd like to focus on energizing yourself then I have 3 tips for you.
Self-care is an all-encompassing term that means different things to different people. Taking care of yourself can range from managing your health conditions through regular check-ups to starting and sticking to a new skin care regimen.
Morning meditation, evening yoga, or going for mid-day walks as a break away from the WFH desk may be on your list.
Health check-ups aren't limited just to your GP or specialist. Taking care of your eyes and teeth are important too, even if your insurance doesn't cover those services. Call around to find a local dentist that offers quality care in your price range, or who offers financing options while prioritizing you as a patient.
don't forget about mental health
Mental health is important, too! If you've been meaning to find a therapist but haven't gotten around to it, prioritize that. The past few years have seen an increase in online health services, from birth control pills delivered to your door to dietitians-on-demand for weight loss counseling to therapists you can chat with over text or video.
If you've been throwing the kitchen sink at your mental health struggles trying to do it on your own, it may be time to seek some help.
prioritize for focus
Brainstorm a list of things you want to tackle this year, and then step away from that list. Over the next week think about which ideas would make the biggest impact and which ideas are setting you up for success. Maybe some of your ideas are very big - could you break that goal down into smaller steps that are more achievable? It takes time to break bad habits and it takes time to make new habits and consistency is key. Small wins build you up and help you get to the next step.
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