Anyone else ready to roll their eyes and point down their throat if they see one more new year, new you reference? Your body has no idea that the calendar turned, it’s just another day doing what it does best -- keeping you upright!
Your heart and your mind know that the last digit in the year has changed and you may be hung up on making some larger than life commitments to yourself and the corresponding body. Messages to try this new diet or these new exercises or to join a new gym can be overwhelming. But what if we told you that the moves your body really needs have been right in front of you all along?
It’s nothing you haven’t tried before… it’s just probably been awhile since you let yourself.
STRETCH the boundaries of your comfort zone. That could actually be trying one of those new workouts you saw on a magazine cover. Maybe it’s tasting new foods or testing out a new recipe. Perhaps you’re stretching your mind into a new way of thinking or a new approach to loving yourself.
SQUAT down at your kids’ level and play. Have a conversation. Meet them eye-to-eye in their world and see how easy it is to melt out of the chaos of yours.
SIT and breathe. Reflect. Think. Soak in the tub. Lay under the stars. Read a book. Rest by the fire. Snuggle five minutes longer. Stay in shavasana until they make you get up. Just sit and be for a few extra minutes or even hours. Sometimes we do need the stillness. Sometimes fighting ourselves to reach some thousand-step goal isn’t actually necessary.
JUMP for joy! Actually do it. The next time you get great news, succeed at something, reach a new goal, or want to celebrate an A+ on a spelling test, actually thrust your body into the air and jump! Why not? Put your entire self into living the smaller moments, and you’ll feel a rush to live more fully in every moment.
PULL yourself in for a hug. We mean it -- take your right arm and wrap it around your left shoulder. Take your left arm and wrap it around your right shoulder. Squeeze. While you’re there, rub your neck and shoulders. Release the pressure. Love yourself harder. Give back to the body that gives you so much.
PRESS the off button on your phone. Do it for five minutes, do it for an entire weekend -- you decide! There are a lot of pros to our always-on world, but there are a lot of downsides, too. See what it feels like to just step away from the push notifications, bells, and reminders for a block of time now and then.
RUN head first into this new year. There’s no map, there’s no forecast, there’s just this moment and this day, and with any luck we’ll get another one tomorrow. Live hard, loud, big, fully in each day this year. When you do, flipping that calendar this time next year will be welcomed with energy and enthusiasm.