A New Year – A new start?
At this time between Christmas and New Year, some of us may be regretting that we ate too much or drank too much or perhaps just generally that things “were too much.”
This time of year is generally a time when we do tend to err on the side of over indulging and we do feel things very intensely .
Now there is a bit of respite before the New Year festivities let’s look at how we can try and restore some balance in our lives. This may mean getting out for walks and meeting friends and being sociable in this way. It’s also a time to enjoy warming soups and casseroles and go back to simpler foods. This is a good way to go, especially if you haven’t been to the shops recently and perhaps don’t feel inclined either !
This idea of restoring balance led me to think about the dreaded New Year resolutions where we can tend to try to whip ourselves into taking on all kinds of new regimes. Whether it be taking up running, deciding we have to lose weight or really become a totally different kind of person. Instead I prefer to gradually introduce some new good habits such as having a cup of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. I have heard that if we drink enough of this we no longer feel like coffee . This hasn’t happened for me yet but I do feel better for starting the day with a drink which definitely feels like its good for me and that it gives me systems a cleanse.
I believe that it’s much better to gradual support ourselves to introduce some healthy small changes we might make whether it be the cup of warm water with lemon or walking to work or the shops or perhaps being a little bit gentler with ourselves. Sometimes I say to my psychotherapy clients “if you really loved yourself what would you do or how would you care for yourself?”
I think this is good to keep in mind as we approach the New year and the new beginnings it offers us.
And remember its also important to acknowledge what is already working in our lives, what we are pleased about and feel good about.
Happy New Year !
And on a final note from Epicurus ..” Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.”