A brand new year is upon us! There is something so fresh about the idea of the new year; a clean slate and a chance to start anew. It is typical to fantasize and make tons of New Year's resolutions thinking this year will be the magic solve-all to previous years challenges. As you start to think about what you may want to accomplish this year, it can be helpful to look back and take a moment to be proud of yourself for what you have already achieved! A gratitude list can also be a beautiful way to reflect on the past year.
Cleaning house, a day to regroup, a day to connect with friends, all these suggestions can help you to feel you are resetting without overwhelming yourself.
Our biggest advice is to try not to bite off more than you can chew. Take some time to write down what it is you really want this year, thinking of it as a goal instead of a resolution. Once you have your goal ask yourself: what has gotten in the way of me achieving this in the past? What am I going to try to change that I haven’t already to make this happen? It's important to make this goal SMART- specific, measurable realistic and timely. This will help you know when you have achieved your target instead of it feeling like a vague never-ending task. And finally take time to ask yourself, in achieving this goal, how kind am I being to myself, is this too extreme of a goal? We want to make sure we are setting ourselves up for success and contributing to tackling our goals, remembering that we are imperfect human beings, who are trying our absolute best.
Are you the type of person who doesn’t make resolutions? That’s great too! It’s important to know this about yourself and to honour where you are at. If making a new years resolution feels like too much right now, sit with this and try to take things one day at a time. Remember- we are all on our own journeys and timelines.
Whether you are a resolution junkie or attempting to get through one day at a time, this is a chance for all of us to centre ourselves and remember what we hold nearest and dearest.