Well, the holidays are finally over. If you’re like me, January seems like a gray letdown after the festivities of the last few months. Not to mention, the days are short, work hours are long, and I’m still suffering from a holiday food hangover! But this January is going to be different for me; I’ve implemented a spring mindset! Spring symbolizes starting over and growth, and it’s just around the corner.
A fresh start for me is putting myself first for a change, starting with my health. Every day, urgent projects crop up on my desk, work travels home with me, time for exercise and relaxation disappears, stress takes its toll, and convenience foods hijack my usually nutritious diet. But, this fresh start mindset is empowering: I have this one body and this one life, and that should be my priority. Is there a project or deadline out there so important that my health should suffer? Of course not (sorry, boss)!
I don’t do well with a laundry list of goals, so here’s my simple solution. Step 1: Plan “me time.” Relax and enjoy fifteen minutes of downtime every day. Step 2: Move more! Make time for exercise most days of the week. Step 3: Find balance. This includes balancing, not juggling, work life, play, rest, and healthful eating.
My new year started with brisk walks, “me time” to read, enjoy some favorite tunes, or nap, and getting back to eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. I’ve been adding pears to yogurt, sandwiches, and salads, which are filling, nutritious, and delicious treats. Not to mention, pears are convenient and conveniently healthy to grab and go, which helps me stay on track. So far, January is pretty great this year. I’m feeling better already, so now I can sit back and look forward to spring!
So what is your fresh start going to be? Put yourself first; 2010 is your year!