Whew — you made it! The rush of buying, wrapping, giving, and getting is behind you, along with the unpredictable family-isms only the holidays can bring. Your tolerance for pie is maxed out, and one more rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” will surely send you into a fit. The clock is soon to strike 2018, and all of a sudden, there’s one more thing on your list.
For most, New Year’s resolutions are all about being a better person. But not many of us think to start with being better to ourselves. Here are four ways to unwind, relax, and practice some self-care as you ring in the New Year!
Whether it’s a classic you’ve been putting off for a while or a cover that caught your eye in the bookstore, pick a book that excites you and get those pages turning! If you’re not a big reader, start with a chapter or two before bed each night until you’re invested in the story. If you’re still not feeling it after a week, pick a new book! Don’t be afraid to ask friends for recommendations or research some topics of interest for well-reviewed choices.
Settling in with a good book turns off your brain and invites you to another world — without the screen time involved in a Netflix binge!
If you’ve read my previous post about hobbies, you know the critical role they play in living a balanced life. Like all hobbies, crafting gives you a chance to learn something new, pursue improvement, and focus on personal achievement: all perfect for starting anew in 2018!
Fresh off a holiday high, you know there’s nothing quite like food to bring people together. Whether you’re staying in for a fancy, homemade meal or whipping up a batch of edible gifts to bring to a New Year’s party, cooking allows you to care for yourself and those around you in one fell swoop!
While this one might not sound quite as luxurious, there’s a reason we use the term “cleansing” to describe an effective meditation session or thrilling outdoor excursion. I’m a true believer in de-cluttered spaces for de-cluttered minds — so grab some trash bags and get to work! Chances are, the results will be remarkably freeing!
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