It’s the holiday season. How are you feeling? We’ve passed Hanukkah & Christmas, now onto New Year’s Eve. Time for those dreaded resolutions. “I will lose weight” “I will stop smoking” “I will stop eating cookies” and so on. Have you ever actually carried out a resolution that you know you should be doing, but feels like such deprivation? Probably not. I’ve got a better idea: instead of swearing you’ll give something up, why not add something good in?
Take Five (or more)
Give yourself a period of time every day to do something just for your well-being. It could be:
- Five minutes of sitting quietly and breathing
- Ten minutes to eat your lunch mindfully, savoring each bite
- Twenty minutes of walking
- Whatever time it takes to get off the couch during each commercial break to do sit-ups & push-ups
- Thirty minutes to make a big pot of vegetable soup
Focus solely on how the activity nourishes you and makes you feel well.
Instead of beating yourself up, start caring for yourself right now. Taking some time just for you may not seem like an important resolution, but it will help you do everything else better. Don’t wait. You deserve to feel as good as possible, and there’s no time like the present to give yourself this present.