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How Will You Take Care Of Yourself In The New Year?

By March 6, 2019 No Comments

How do you intend to truly take care of yourself in the new year? You probably spend a lot of time looking after everyone else and barely feed your own spirit, mind, and body. How much time do you really devote to yourself? To your well-being? It’s something that we are all guilty of – putting everything into everyone else and not realizing the toll it’s taking until we are completely running on empty.

Look at this new year as a fresh opportunity to do a bit of soul-searching. It’s time to look within yourself, and be honest about what you see, whether it’s in your personal life or on the career front. This isn’t about setting goals or making resolutions. This is about committing to self-care.

New Year, New You

You can get started with an online self-care test, found here. The first thing to cover here is that you need to answer totally and completely honestly. It’s between you and yourself – self-care and the test, so you won’t get far if you can’t be honest. As you take the assessment, you will likely start to see where you are letting yourself down.

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It’s also important to note that self-care doesn’t look the same for everyone. For you, it could be spending time with friends, it might be exercising more or making healthy dietary choices. In fact, for you, it could be a massage and for your partner, it could be sitting down to deal with the finances. We are all different and only you can really know what self-care avenue will serve you best.

What do you do too much of? Likewise, what don’t you do enough of? That’s an excellent place to start your journey. Ultimately, self-care should be practicing things that make you feel better. So, if something that you do a lot of doesn’t do that for you, think about how you can limit that behavior or activity in your life.

If you prefer to make traditional new year’s resolutions, you can still do that. This will likely put a bit more pressure on you, though, and if you know that you struggle with your resolutions, perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself is skip it. For example, if you always set yourself up with an attainable resolution, don’t do a resolution at all.

If you aren’t sure where to get started with your self-care habits, we can help. We have some ideas that might help you, no matter what area of your life you want to focus on.

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Ways To Implement Self-care

Instead of focusing on your past failures, shift your focus to new opportunities.

  • Plan a challenging step, whether career or otherwise, and don’t worry about the time or cost.
  • Spend time meditating and less time in the noise.
  • Practice more hobbies and activities that you enjoy.
  • Spend less time on activities that you’re expected by others to do.
  • Make time to sit down with a good book.
  • Spend time in nature and less time inside.
  • Schedule time for your partner, family, and friends.
  • Devote extra time to talking to your children about who you are.

No one can know what the year will hold, but what you can know is how to truly look after yourself. Truly, learning how to protect yourself is what will help you navigate any challenge that the new year throws at you. So, how will you take care of yourself in the new year?

Author Cheryl

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