Another year passed, can you believe it? What did 2015 teach you? What did you learn? What did you love? What are you grateful for that happened? What do you regret happened? A new beginning is upon us, 2016. With it brings hope and aspiration. What do you need to let go of before you enter the New Year? Old toxic thoughts and habits, maybe even people? Let them go. Create space for better and brighter.
Try this before the New Year:
- Reflect on the lessons you learned and reflect on all the good that came from this year. In 2015 there were lots of ups and downs and each one helped you get to where you are today. If you think back to January 2015, in hindsight, you probably had no idea where the next 12 months would take you. One thing I recommend doing is reviewing your journals, if you keep them, and check for any negative patterns in your life. Reflecting over the past allows us to notice our mistakes and makes us less likely to make them again. It is also a great way to relish in all the good we have.
- Decide what you want to let go of from 2015. Think back to bad habits and toxic thinking. This could be jealousy, obsession with weight, money or anything else impacting you in a negative way. Try writing down all the things you want to let go of on a piece of paper. On New Year’s xanax online Eve, take that piece of paper and destroy it in a meaningful way: Burn it or tear it apart. Do this with someone you love to make it extra symbolic.
- Set intentions for the New Year. Resolutions create too much pressure and you’re still in holiday mode, which is setting resolutions up for failure. Instead of setting a goal or a resolution, decide how you want your year to go. Get really clear. Decide how you want to feel. Whether it be calmer, more fulfilled and inspired and then compare your actions to how you want to feel. Focus on how you can change your actions to create feeling good.
- Enjoy more. The more you enjoy your life, the happier you’ll be. Make a conscious choice to enjoy the things you do everyday. Research done at UC Davis has shown that practicing gratefulness can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate efficient sleep. If you only change one thing this year make it a promise to yourself to enjoy the little things more.
The New Year always brings pressure to do something big: Lose 20 pounds, learn a new language, stop drinking, or save money. The best thing to do is focus on how you want to feel instead of setting a goal you want to achieve. Focus on feeling good and create actions and habits in order to feel that way.