December 14, 2018
Kicking off the New Year, with resolutions in place and the return of our routines, I’m taking a different approach to my goals for the year. In the past, focusing on a specific goal, such as “lose ‘x’ amount of weight” or “read one book per month,” didn’t really work for me. I found it difficult to feel good about my progress. Ands since you never know what can happen a week from now, a month from now, let alone a year from now, for this year’s goals, I’ve decided to focus on one broader goal: self-care.
This time of year can be hard for a lot of people, including myself. It gets darker faster. It’s cold. The sun seems to be lacking. Regarding resolutions, finding motivation this time of year to change habits and routines for a goal can be discomforting and discouraging. By setting a broader goal, with multiple ways to measure progress, I’m much happier.
Here are some things to consider for those of you who, too, struggle this time of year.
Find Little Victories
Finding small achievements throughout the day – like completing a workout or organizing your closet – can help in feeling good about your routine. For example, meal-prepping is not only a sure-way to keep your health in check (by spending less on eating out) but also is a relaxing activity that feeds into self-care. The work put into prepping a meal can feel like an achievement. The more little victories you can find throughout the day, the more positive outlook you’ll have on your progress.
Whether it’s a coffee on a Monday morning or buying a new book for the weekend – treat yourself. Small rewards are exciting and uplifting; they give us something to look forward to. They make us happy. And what’s wrong with that?
If something is weighing on you, ask: is this going to matter to you in a week? In a month? In a year? Forgive yourself and move forward.
For more, Bustle recaps my resolution best here. Even if it’s a 2018 article, the rules still apply.
Here’s to self-care and a happy, healthy 2019!
December 14, 2018