Many times when making New Years’ resolutions I have packed in five years’ worth of goals into a single year. We all do this. Am I really going to run a marathon, write a novel, learn to knit, scrapbook every last loose photo into an album, take a painting class, learn to snowboard, keep a daily gratitude journal, plan and create 1,095 healthy and delicious meals, take up pilates, keep a running total in my check register, grow all my own vegetables, develop my professional goals, and take more time to relax? Just thinking about it sounds exhausting; no wonder most of us dump it all by week three each year!
- Enjoy the moment by multitasking less. For example, when talking on the phone to a friend or family member, turn off the television or computer, sit back on the couch and put your feet up. Really listen and engage if you want to be in the conversation. (this leads to goal #2)
- Say no. If you don’t want to talk, or go to the mall, or take up a project, gently but firmly decline. This is hard at first, but it gets easier.
- Say YES to the things you really and truly want. Say yes to your dreams, to fun and to joy. Find things you love and be happy.
- Breathe deeply. Feeling stressed? Breathe. Tired? Breathe. Angry? Breathe.