At the beginning of the year, we feel this sense of rush, joy, renewal, and ambition. But eventually that will fade as the year goes on, and you might find yourself stuck, bored or drained… perhaps all 3 if you are anything like me. Today I wanted to talk about habits and things we need to start now and carry them on for the rest of the year, to make sure we do not fall into the dreaded slump. Now, these are not full proof and might not work for everyone, but they do work for me.
- Self Care
This is so important, and the first thing I want to address. We get caught up in the idea of helping others, and pleasing everyone around us, but ourselves. The way I see it and explain it is that you have x amount of energy, and often we give 100% of it away, and we are left with nothing. Which can explain why a lot of people feel drained and tired. I did this for the longest of time, and some might call me selfish, but when it started affecting my day to day life, even my parents were noticing changes in me that were not for the better. Self-care means reserving some of that energy for yourself. You can practice self- care in so many ways, from reading a book to yoga and meditation to taking yourself out for coffee and just people watching, journaling, being creative etc. Self-care is very personal and should be tailored to your specific needs. For example, I know many people that to feel reenergized they need to be near people. On the other hand, where I am, I need to be alone to recharge. I just mentioned a few ideas but do look around the internet and books for so many unique ways that might suit you and your needs.
- Reward yourself
Have you noticed that if you look at your calendar and you have nothing to look forward to, life looks a little dull and boring? Because its true the same thing over and over gets boring, it doesn’t have to be that way! Make plans with people, spend time with friends and family; I don’t care how busy you are, nothing is more important than spending time with the people you love. Plan a night out, a spa day, a vacation even. When we set or create rewards for ourselves, it gives us an incentive to be productive and work towards something.
- Re-evaluate your goals
At least on a weekly basis, I need to go back to my goals, because they become so secondary in our minds, while the more immediate things become important. But your goals are also important, and you need to put them at the front of your brain. When looking at them, think about if they align with what you still want. Do they still make sense? Is there anything you want to add or take out? Are there any new goals that you want to accomplish? I always say that everything around us and ourselves is constantly changing. Your goals need to keep up with you and what you want from life.
These are obviously just 3 tips, but I do recommend you refer to them in the coming months of 2018! Comment down below if you have any other suggestions that you think can help people avoid that stuck, drained feeling we often all feel.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!