January. Is it really a Fresh Start?
I want to check in with you and see how your January is going. It’s a tough time of year for many people.
The holidays, such as they were with Covid, are done and you’re back to everyday routines.
Sigh… Every day life? Let’s be real. You call it a New Year. You toss confetti and send that last year packing… or so you hope.
The thing is, the world isn’t that simple. The stuff you’re lugging around follows you right into the new year too.
Sad but true.
Intrinsically, we all know this. It’s not rocket science. When that clock stuck midnight on December 31, 2021, nothing stopped or magically changed.
Many often try to grapple for a new start, but it can fade quickly and lead to feelings of depression, sadness, and failure.
We’re Half Way Through the January.
According to the New York Post, resolutions are starting to fall off and your lives/habits will resume to those left 2021. So no change?
Seems sort of sad after you partied for it and everything.
The decision to make resolutions or self promises is a personal one and does work for some. The million dollar question of New Years Resolutions can follow you well into the new year. I discussed it at length HERE.
If the resolutions have fallen by the way side, be gentle with yourself. You’ve had enough stress to bust a bubble a thousand times over.
And you know, even if you didn’t have resolutions and are simply exhausted from the post holiday, present pandemic, and all the upheaval… Hey, this is for you too.
Here’s what you’re going to do….
The Remainder of this Month Will Now Be “Gentle January”.
The first thing is to take a deep breath and blow it out long and hard. Recognize that the world is still in a topsy-turvy, state of pandemic, and full of uncertainty.
Those stresses alone create anxiety and upheaval. There’s no need to put more on top of that.
Don’t beat yourself up for “failing” something that was wasn’t meant to be at this time. It’ll still be there tomorrow, next month, next season.
I want you to chose one thing for your physical or mental health and commit to it. Below are some ideas. Feel free to add your own.
If you want to do all five that’s fine, but I’d rather you choose one or two that you can really handle and commit to for the rest of the month, and perhaps into February.
Here are Five ideas: They’re free. They’re not time consuming. Choose ONE or TWO and make them happen everyday for the rest of your Gentle January.
- Minimum of ten minute walk outside everyday. More is fine. But commit to ten.
- 2 minutes of stretching everyday…same rule for stretching as walking. 2 minutes.
- Every day in a spiral note book write down two things you want–anything! fame? fortune? nothing is off the table, but it must be everyday–just two things.
- For the remainder of January you’re to have a shower every single day. Wash your hair, use lovely smelling conditioner. And moisturize that lovely skin…all over-every day.
- Everyday look yourself in the mirror and say “Hi. You’re important and I love you.”
In February, if you want to continue with the one or two you chose then do so, and see if you’re ready to add one more–or my suggestion would be to continue and don’t rock the boat. When you’re ready add another.
Don’t push too hard. Remember–no added pressure is needed in your life.
A New Year. A Different January.
It’s okay for things not to dramatically turn in another direction. Time and a gentle approach with yourself will carry you to the next day–and at this point, that may be as far as you can see.
Step Softly Through the Rest of Gentle January.
Life is too short to put so much pressure on yourself that it breaks your spirit. It’s okay to slow down. It’s okay if those New Years Resolutions are tossed. Embrace a gentler path with yourself.
I’d love to know how you’re doing. Please let me a note in the comments. What one or two will you choose to do? What others would you recommend to the readers? Take the line…Step softly through the rest of Gentle January and embrace it.