When the end of the year comes around, our feeds and lives are inundated with ‘quick fixes’ to all the ‘problems’ you have in your life from the last year. The ‘new year new me’ marketing starts and you begin to wonder if you should be hopping on the train as well. We wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that every morning is a new opportunity to make choices that lead you respectfully and lovingly into your night. We wanted to reflect on ways we were able to make that happen and share our insights with you.
1. ResearchSetting Boundaries
We hear a lot about boundaries and how we all need to have them but many were never taught how to actually set them. We took a lot of time this year to learn not only about the process of setting boundaries and how to keep them but how to take care of yourself after someone does cross one of your boundaries. These are all very personal choices and decisions.
2. Invest in your Environment
This is obviously one of our favorites on the list! More and more research is coming out on how our environments affect our day to day life. We are not suggesting running out and spending money on brand new everything but if you are finding yourself frustrated in certain areas of your home, maybe it’s time to optimize that environment. It could mean buying under sofa storage so you and your kids can stow away clutter at a moment's notice. Maybe your dresser just isn’t wide enough to store all of your clothes so they always end up on the floor, research and invest in a dresser or another clothing organizational system that does work for you. Maybe your overhead bedroom light is really harsh and hurts your eyes at night. You can invest in light bulbs with a softer light or a dimmer feature.
3. Give Yourself Grace When Learning Something New
No matter our age, we are all students of life. Sometimes the team will be working on something and it will feel frustrating and we can go home feeling exhausted and upset with ourselves or our progress. But we have to remember that even if it's something we have a lot of experience doing, we are building our skills and that means some rough patches. We like to remind ourselves it's about Progress not Perfection…
4. Schedule Self Care Moments
This one can be one of the hardest things to do. When times are tough, reaching out to your community or support system for help in creating self care moments can be very hard to do but very necessary. Help can range from having someone watch the kids for a few hours while you get your hair done to just stepping out side for 5 minutes of fresh air.
These are all a few ways we can help ourselves thrive in a hectic world. Self care is not always easy and takes time and effort. We just wanted to remind you that you are worth it and worthy of asking for help!