It’s “the most wonderful time of the year” and about that time to start listing our expectations for the next year that we will tell ourselves we can do then one week later completely blow off and get right back on that pizza and vodka bandwagon.
I know for a fact that I am the type of person that will get so pumped to start eating right and to forgo the french fries at Chick-fil-a but end up eating one brownie and think to myself “well shit, there goes this year’s resolution.”
So instead of creating expectations for myself for the upcoming year that will be hard for me to keep, I decided I’m going to work on myself in a different way–mentally.
How many times have you given yourself a hard time over the smallest mistakes? How many times have you been so upset with yourself after you messed up a recipe, forgot to turn in an assignment, woke up late for work, stained your favorite shirt, or ate something that you’ve been telling yourself to stay away from? All of this anger that you feel towards yourself in unneeded and harmful to your state of mind and needs to change in order for ourselves to truly be healthy.
No one is perfect (how many times have we heard that) and yet we strive to reach that unrealistic expectation everyday.
I know that my negative self talk has created many issues in my life that no one should have to deal with. My anxiety has increased and I hold myself back on so many opportunities because I constantly worry about how people will see me and all the possible ways I could ultimately screw this up.
So this year I’m creating a different kind of resolution, a mental health one! Because let’s be real, for any other health benefits to happen we have to start with our brains.
So continue to buy those Lululemon yoga pants and Under Armour running shoes, but make your main focus how you feel on the inside. Pay attention to you this year and make yourself more of a priority. Take some time to yourself every week and do something that would make YOU happy!
Something I’ve come to appreciate is writing in a journal. You’ll learn so much about yourself if you take the time to dig deep in your mind to reveal your true feelings about the events of that day. Set aside time to read, relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. You deserve to enjoy this new year so start by loving and appreciating you!
Happy Holidays everyone!!