This is your yearly reminder, as we're standing on the brink of a new year, to take it easy, to slow down, to give yourself a break and relax.
It's also that time of year when people start becoming more reflective - what did I achieve in the passing year? What didn't I do I wish I had? And that's when the New Year's resolutions start to kick in: In January I want to... In the new year, I'll make happen...
Usually, these reflections aren't based on kind and gentle ideas about ourselves and our lives. They're often based on criticism, such as how our bodies look, or how materialistically successful we are.
I'm hoping with COVID-19 and lockdowns that people have more helpful resolutions like making more time to see people and connect on a deeper level and to be grateful for what is.
I'm not a fan of the saying 'new year, new you'. It reeks of someone trying to sell you on the idea that you're not good enough as you are.
I usually say 'new year - new chance' - a new chance to accept yourself as you are, to make your inner chatter more supportive and kind, to live more in the present, to say no more, to set firmer boundaries at work and at home, to love more freely and generously, to stress less, to laugh more...
Tomorrow we'll say goodbye to one year and enter a new - what is the new chance you'll embrace?
Your life, your choice!
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