Happy new year everyone! It’s such an interesting time of year. Everyone seems so hopeful & positive. Everyone is determined to make this their best year yet.
I for one never used to make resolutions til I learned the importance of them 2 years ago. I stuck to most of what I set out to do in 2017. The idea that keeps coming to my mind since December of last year was “live by faith & not by sight” and it has been working for me. I plan on tackling one day at a time and do my very best to stay present whenever I remember. Dwelling on the past & worrying about the future does no one any good. The past is gone. It can’t be changed. The future is unknown. We can only prepare for it by living in this moment & making the most of it. My goal is to simply live one day at a time to be best of my ability. Sounds corny I know but its such a good practice. Being present.
Do you have any plans? If not, don’t worry! In the technological era where Social Media is king, it can be daunting to set goals and resolutions and try to keep up with what everyone “seems” to be doing. We see everyone talking about “new year, new me” and it makes some of us super nervous. So much so that we may lose heart or hope as to what we would like to achieve this year. If social media and what you see online tends to get you upset, anxious or overwhelmed a good idea might be a 2 week web detox. For those of you feeling lost, depressed or hopeless, peel away from social media & the world wide web for two weeks & take some time to yourself. I find it so helpful to do this when I feel overwhelmed and the beginning of the year is when people usually go into panic mode. Few tips:
- Remove social media apps from your device’s home page so you won’t feel the need to click on it.
- Log out of all social media accounts on your laptop or desktop at home and at work so you won’t end up on there by accident and get sucked in again.
- Start a journal to keep track of thoughts and ideas you of things you may want to achieve. If nothing comes to you then just write your thoughts.
- Every morning, create one self care ritual for yourself. Make a cup of tea or coffee every morning at the same time and take the time to enjoy it, even if it’s five minutes. If you don’t have the time to do this try making your bed every morning at the same time and really concentrate on doing that one task. If none of those, try just sitting still on your bed for five minutes after you wake up. Whatever you chose, let it be for you and just stay present in that moment.
- Try to install a productivity app. I recommend “Keep” by Google. You can jot down thoughts on the go. You can also download journal apps. This is for those of you who tend to use your devices more than physical writing materials. A daily inspiration app is helpful also so that you can start your day on a positive note if checking your phone in the morning is a habit you have.
Don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s just a time of year. You can set goals at any time of the year & achieve them successfully with discipline, determination & passion. It doesn’t have to be January of every year. Hope you’re all well!
Love & Light x