As the holiday time slips behind us and we all get back into our regular schedules and routines, it’s hard not to think about what this year will hold. Whether last year was everything you hoped for or turned out to be a series of disappointments, many people choose to create resolutions to help set their future course.
Out of those who choose to create resolutions or goals, most will revolve around fitness or lifestyle changes. Especially through the hustle of the holidays, it’s easy to get off track and to ignore healthier options such as exercise or diets. While it’s easy to create a goal centered around your physical health, it can be more difficult to focus on your other life areas. The choices we make that impact our emotional health or spiritual well-being.
Physical health and fitness is important and shouldn’t be discredited, but it is only one piece of the larger puzzle. Physical activity can help to stabilize moods and to combat mild depression or anxiety, but without other lifestyle changes, the root cause may be ignored. If you find that you are not starting this year where or how you would like, changes are needed. For many, the new year is the hope that follows the holiday slump. The chance to get back on your feet and to start again.
If you find yourself longing for change, I challenge you to take a thorough look at all aspects of your life. Pay attention to the areas that your time is being wasted, where your energy is being sucked away and where your joy is getting stripped. We all have choices that we can make to better our lives in physical and emotional areas. It may be a friendship that has grown toxic, an obligation that is causing more harm than good, or a daily habit that causes undo anxiety.
It can be difficult to take a magnifying glass to old habits or unhealthy attachments, but it’s the first step in revamping your life. Of gaining control of your emotional well-being. So this year, while you may be tempted to only dust off your gym membership, take the time to dive deeper. It’s not always an easy journey, but it’s always worth the effort.