As we are approaching the new year, the anxiety of becoming a new person kicks in. We self-reflect over the past year, and assume the pressure of somehow, miraculously, becoming a new person overnight.
I don’t believe in temporary, instant change. These types of changes usually don’t last as they are impulsive. Instead, I challenge you to change your life, and lifestyle habits step-by-step. I ask you to be easy on yourself. Slow down on judgment against yourself and the world around you. I ask you to understand that life happens, and things happen – not to you, but for you. Every challenge conquered is a lesson learned. Everything happens in your life just the way it should. Relief the stress and anxiety attached to your expectations of yourself and the plan you have for your life. Just be. Learn to love and accept yourself just the way that you are.
That would be a good New Year resolution: Acceptance of YOU just the way you are, just the way you were. And an open mind and heart for wha...
The holidays are a great time to connect with loved ones, and enjoy your family, although it can also be a stressful and an emotional time, depending on whether your loved ones are around to celebrate with you or not, and also on the quantity of food you consume.
Keeping the holiday season cheerful yet realistic is key.
Lower your expectations…and stress level
We often build up expectations around the holiday that are supposed to match up with our childhood memories. Remove expectations from loved ones to attend, from gifts to be received, or given and just focus on what you have in your life – even if it’s not physically, tangibly around you or in your hands. Allow yourself to enjoy your time off from work and focus on relaxing at home. Regardless of attendance, visits and gift giving expectations.
Leave Self-reflection to next year
This is the time of year where we self-reflect and think about the past year. All the dreams, goals, expectations we had of ourselves were either achieved, or...