When I think of New Years I think of two things. The first is: joyful imagery consisting of champagne toasts and receiving midnight kisses surrounded by family and friends. The second, more prominent is the notion of New Year’s resolutions. You may be surprised to hear, but I am not a fan. In fact, I will go as far as to say that creating and trying to stick to a New Year’s resolution is down right unhealthy.
The proof is in the pudding. Just read the definition of resolution: A firm and unwavering decision to do or not do something. I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds pretty dramatic and extremely unrealistic. It is no wonder that the majority of people who resolve to get healthy wind up canceling their gym memberships a few months into the year.
The reality is that we are imperfect beings. We are inherently flawed and that is okay. Research indicates that we only have about 15 minutes a day of willpower stored up. That’s right 15 minutes in a 24-hou...
Take a look around… the media has flooded the market on self-care. So much so that it has actually altered the definition to make self-care synonymous with overindulgence. Self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve your mental and physical health. It is an act of safeguarding your well being. It is not about eating that extra cookie or maxing out your credit card at the local day spa.
Self-care is not glamorous, in fact it is not even pretty, most of the time. Self-care can be extremely difficult because it invites you to focus the camera lens on yourself. Forcing you to acknowledge your imperfections and ask yourself, “How can my life be better?” Self-care is all about making the modifications necessary to live a more fulfilling life. A life that you appreciate, not one that you need to run away from or drown out with wine and Netflix. It is a daily practice like gratitude or mindfulness and it takes concerted effort and persistence.