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It’s the end of another year. Traditionally this is the time that you reevaluate your life and work out how you are going to completely reinvent yourself. But is it really realistic or appropriate to think New Year, new YOU?
New Year, New You?
Magazines, Mainstream media, and social media may be brimming to capacity with ways to change your life in the new year. Urging you to overhaul your diet, exercise and lifestyle. Mainly by buying the latest fad product, or detox therapy.
And I totally understand. After Christmas, the excesses of food, alcohol and general inactivity do prompt us to look at the last few weeks and realise that we need to cut back.
But it is certainly not realistic to make all these resolutions. Do we ever stick to them? I’ll admit that I never do. And after giving up (usually around mid January) it usually ends up with me feeling even more worthless. More overwhelmed that I couldn’t even stick to it for that long. And so the cycle of self hate begins again.
I am not totally anti change. My main issue is my weight. I am going to try to lose weight in the new year, and for good this time.
- I’ve made my lists of reasons why I need to do this and I’m placing it somewhere I can see it.
- I’m going to get out a motivation dress, one that is a couple of sizes too small, that I really want to get into.
But I also realise that I still have anxiety issues, and do intend to pay more attention to those. Mainly by decluttering my life. Little by little. Always a work in progress. Find out how I will be doing this.
Maybe this new year is time to understand your feelings and emotions behind some of the choices you have made. Only by understanding ourselves do we get to work out our weaknesses and build upon our strengths.
Focussing more on being happier about what we have, than looking at what we don’t have. Yes it is good to aspire, and we should keep working at it, but not to the detriment of our mental health. Not to the point that it overwhelms us with sadness and regret.
So most of all, maybe this new year is time for a new you, but only one change is needed. Changing yourself to be more accepting of the old you. Stop feeling ashamed of what has gone before and start making smaller bite size changes. If you want to change then great, but no beating yourself up if it goes wrong. Just climb back on that horse and keep on going.
Happy New Year, new you. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog this year, and here’s to the next year being our best year yet!
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