Self-Care in the New Year

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Every year, I make resolutions about how to improve my life, how to become a better version of myself, and how to treat others and the world around me. While I find this practice to be important, I also find it’s easy to make goals and have them fall apart or fall off a few weeks into the new year. 

That being said, I think goals and improvements take time, as does the ability to reflect thoughtfully and meaningfully on what’s important in life. So this year, I’ve decided to take it one step at a time.

This year, I recommend that you spend New Year’s Day taking care of yourself, and you can do so by following several key steps:

  1. Reflection

Reflection is the first step in making any meaningful changes, because if you can’t evaluate where you’re at and where you want to be, you won’t get anywhere. I’ve noticed in the past couple of years that when there were changes I wanted to make in life and nothing was changing, it was because I wasn’t allowing myself to really reflect and see what my problems were in order to change them. A deep meaningful reflection can be the beginning of a much-needed fresh start.

  1. Self-Care

Self-care is as important physically as it is mentally. Do some deep cleaning, take a bath, light a candle and read a book, journal (this can be part of your self-reflections), take care of your skin, do some meditation or yoga, go for a walk. This can look however you want it to.

  1. Quality Time

Quality time can have a large effect on your mental health and well-being. Whether it’s with family or friends or just by yourself, spending some quality time away from the daily stressors of life can be the refresh you’re looking for as the new year begins.