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January 2021: A Fresh Start

by | Jan 15, 2021

January 2021: A Fresh Start

 

Happy New Year!

 

I always feel hopeful at the start of a new year. I like the reminder that we can move on from the past and have a fresh start. Of course, each day is a fresh start, but the new year gives us a chance to reflect on the past year and consider goals and intentions for the new one. We can be intentional about letting go and refocusing.

If you love new year resolutions, then go for it! But if they don’t work for you, there are other options to support you in moving forward. I encourage you to consider small things that can propel you forward toward living your healthiest life.  Setting small goals and following through builds self-trust and confidence. I’m thinking of simple daily goals. For example, I will plan a healthy meal or walk around the block (versus lose 20 pounds).

I also like to consider a word, theme or intention for the new year. It is the exercise of reflection that is most helpful. It is not about putting pressure on yourself.

And remember to be flexible, going with the flow, not fighting the current. We may start out going one direction but find that we are redirected. We can adjust and refocus. Allow yourself, and others, to be a work in progress.

If you need some support or tools as you work toward your goals, please reach out and contact me at linda@stilescousneling.com

 

Goals, Intentions & New Year Resolutions

 

Got Goals? Hello Procrastination!

 

Procrastinate Much? Manage Your Emotions, Not Your Time. – The New York Times
www.nytimes.com
By Adam Grant, March 13, 2020

“The psychologists Timothy Pychyl and Fuschia Sirois have discovered that procrastination isn’t about avoiding work; it’s about avoiding negative emotions. We procrastinate when a task stirs up feelings like anxiety, confusion or boredom. And although it makes us feel better today, we end up feeling worse — and falling behind — tomorrow. This means that if you want to procrastinate less, you don’t have to increase your work ethic or improve your time management. You can instead focus on changing your habits around emotion management”.

 

How to Set Successful Resolutions

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-set-successful-resolutions-from-performance-psychologist

For Parents – Resolutions That Will Make You a Better Parent This Year

https://www.ahaparenting.com/blog/5_Resolutions_That_Will_Make_You_a_Better_Parent_This_Year

 

What Winter Can Teach Us

Winter and Self-Care

https://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/self-care/self-care-a-z-getting-ready-winter-self-care/

Wintering and The Active Acceptance of Sadness 

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/03/941789158/wintering-is-painful-but-embracing-the-cold-makes-it-hurt-less

 

Quotes & Inspiration

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It’s never too late to become who you want to be.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald       

 

Fun things to embrace in honor of January:

 

Jan 8th – Bubble Bath Day

Jan 10th – Houseplant Appreciation Day

Jan 12th – Hot Tea Day

Jan 18th – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

Jan 19th – National Popcorn Day

Jan 21st – National Hugging Day

Jan 23rd – National Pie Day

Jan 24th – Compliment Day

Jan 29th – National Puzzle Day

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