4 Ways to Reset if You Had A Rough Ending to 2016
We’re just over one week into 2017 and I’m trying my best to focus on the now and the future, but the end of 2016 was rough for me. I was ignoring my alarm clock more and more in the morning, putting off deadlines, gaining weight and worst of all, I completely dropped the ball on this blog for two months. It all had to stop somewhere, and thank God the New Year was right around the corner because it finally gave me the push I needed to get back on track.
I’ve always had resolutions, but like many, I don’t really follow through past day three. Instead of coming up with a bunch of resolutions this year, I thought of all the goals I’d like to accomplish and what strategic things I can do every day to make those goals happen. Maybe it’s the same thing, maybe it’s not, but either way I feel like I’m ready to take on 2017 thanks to doing these four things.
1. Learn to Meditate
I know that suggesting meditation might sound a bit quirky, but I’m learning how to make time for it and it helps me so much. If you’re sitting there wondering what in the world meditation is, I would define it as taking a quiet or calm moment for yourself to think about nothing. If you’re like me, and you don’t know how to think about nothing (which is why you definitely need to start meditating) then think about your breathing. Feel the air coming in and out of your nostrils and really let your mind go. It’s incredibly relaxing and, for me, it’s the perfect thing to do right before I go to sleep. You can do this in silence or choose some meditation music on YouTube. I’m a high anxiety person and taking a few minutes to meditate is changing my life. That sounds really dramatic, but it’s absolutely true.
2. Remind Yourself Why
I don’t know about you guys, but I talk to myself constantly. I’m always working things out mentally and sometimes saying things out loud helps me feel the clarity I lack most days. I will literally talk out loud to myself and explain why I want my goals to become reality. Let yourself think about what you want to accomplish and why you didn’t get those things done in 2016 and what could stop you from achieving them once again in 2017. Hindsight is always 20/20, but it provides a great opportunity to learn.
No matter how cliché it sounds, I do believe that exercise makes you feel better. Even in the last week since I started working out again, my body is thanking me. I won’t sugar coat it, I really let myself go towards the end of the year as far as food goes. It’s unfortunate because now I have twice as much work to do to get back into shape, but I’m already taking baby steps by incorporating 45 minutes of cardio into my daily routine four days a week.
4. Forgive Yourself
Forgive yourself for everything that you planned to do in 2016 and didn’t. Forgive yourself for gaining the weight instead of losing it. Forgive yourself for spending too much money and not sticking to your budget. Let it all go. That’s the beauty of starting a new year. Right now is the perfect opportunity to let it all go, forgive yourself, and start fresh.
When it was time to decide whether or not I wanted to send out Christmas cards this year, I convinced myself I was too busy to deal with it. But what really happened was I thought I hadn’t achieved enough this year to send out a card letting everyone know how well Trevor and I were doing. I regret feeling that way and I know that it was because I hadn’t forgiven myself yet for not accomplishing all the goals I set for myself in 2016. As it turns out though, 2016 was a great year for Trevor and I. We got two adorable kitties that make our hearts explode with love every day, we trained for and completed a half marathon together and we each got to celebrate a sibling getting married.
There may have been some bumps, but I have a lot to look back on and smile about, and I hope you do too. That said, I’m resetting, re-evaluating and ready to take on 2017!