January is right around the corner, bringing New Year’s resolutions galore! Of course we all know that most of these good intentions will flop by February, but most of us still greet the coming year with optimism. Here’s a thought, though: what if we prepared to make next year better right now, while we’re still here in the same old year? It makes perfect sense! The holidays, for many of us, offer a chance to be mindful, counting our blessings and making an attempt to live with a purpose and reach out to those around us. This puts us in exactly the right frame of mind to change the way we enter the new year! What if we combined our optimism for 2015 with the mindfulness of the holiday season? Striding toward the coming year with purpose rather than groggily limping out of the holidays is a great way to make changes in our lives. With that in mind, here are some suggestions as we end the year.
- Eat with a purpose. Many people eat too much over the holidays, feel bad about themselves and their self-control, and decide to start a diet in January. This year, why not try something different? As you celebrate with friends and family, eat joyfully and purposefully, savoring each mouthful of your favorite foods while passing on those foods that don’t appeal to you. Think of food as fuel for your body, and envision it bringing energy to your cells, and you’ll find you crave fare that won’t weigh you down. If you can get into the habit of eating this way during the holiday season, it will be easy to continue to do so during the coming year.
- Take charge of your health. It’s easy to get sick during the winter months, because people are crowded together indoors, and illness spreads quickly. Be mindful of your surroundings, taking care to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching germy surfaces when possible. Eat nutrient dense food, consider supplements to boost your immunity, and get plenty of rest. This may seem difficult during such a busy season, but if you prioritize your health, you’ll make it happen, and soon living a healthier lifestyle will become a habit.
- Reach out to your community. The holiday season is the perfect time to notice those less fortunate, but they exist during the rest of the year, too. Go beyond the holiday toy drive, or Christmas day soup kitchen, to find where the needs lie in your neighborhood and town. Look for opportunities to give back throughout the coming year, and you’ll find that you enrich your life as well as lives of others in your community.
- Take time to notice the people around you. While you’re noticing people in your community, take time to enjoy those to whom you are closest. Slow down, and learn new things about those you know best- it might surprise you to learn how much you don’t know! It’s easy to race through life without truly seeing those we spend time with each day, but if you make a point to stop and listen, you’ll find your relationships deepening and becoming more rewarding.
- Be mindful of your money. One problem people create for themselves over the holiday season is accumulating debt. This year, look for ways to express love, gratitude, and warm feelings that are less monetary and more meaningful. Focus on experiences rather than accumulation, and spending time together instead of material possessions. Look for ways to give of yourself, while wisely using your resources, and you won’t find yourself struggling to catch up as we enter the new year.
At our clinic, we embrace a holistic approach to medicine that is applicable to every aspect of life. By working with patients to help them purposefully live more healthful lives, we’re able to put them on the path to optimal wellness, making them happier, healthier people, with more to give to those around them. If you’re ready to change the way you view your health, call us for a free consultation today.