2017!!?!?!?!?!?!? Holy shit. Okay, wellness.
Wait, how in the world is it going to be 2017 already!? It really seems like it was just a few weeks ago we were ringing in 2016. WHAT. A. YEAR. Was wellness a key part of your year? Relationships and friendships were formed, ended, saved, enhanced.. Babies were born, people died.. You probably experienced excitement, anger, sadness, happiness, fear, or even depression or the feeling of being elated. We elected our new President last year – which has had a massive effect on everyone’s day-to-day life. (We can talk more about this later..)
The days can be slow sometimes, the weeks fly by and the months pass. Then, all of a sudden, its December 31st and…. now what? Take count of the past year? Look forward?
For most, its one thing:
NEW. YEAR. RESOLUTIONS.
Did you know that January 1-30 is the highest time of gym memberships being sold? The biggest number of Massage Envy memberships being sold? Its also the time that waxing salons get most of their new clients! In addition to these self-improvement memberships increasing, school enrollment also goes up in January.
Being challenged and nudged into something new can be a good thing. For example, I had no experience in nature when I met my husband. I was what they call an “indoor kid”. However, our relationship has helped push me outside. We started with 30 minute hikes and now we’ve done up to 6 miles. Progress, not perfection! Maybe you only eat really boring, plain food.. try some new foods and push yourself into new eating habits!
However, the idea of listing tasks or things that you want to change in the new year can sometimes be foolish and daunting.
I would like to offer you this, as an alternative to the traditional resolution model:
Instead of listing a whole year’s worth of resolutions, how about writing down your wellness commitment for the first three months of the year.
What about making a commitment to continue to better yourself?
I challenge you to following these 3 steps to ensure wellness and balance in your new year:
- First, take a look at your list of resolutions
- Secondly, check your list to ensure they are all aimed at bettering yourself
- Then, cross off any resolutions that have to do with other people
- Finally, pick one resolution to work on in January, one for February, and one for March
Happy New Year, to the best community of wellness lovers around.