New Year’s resolutions are almost upon us! December may be all about “the jolly” but January seems to be all about knuckling down and getting serious: contrition after excess, famine after feast, and focus after frivolity.
Yes… ‘tis the season to get a fresh start, determine what you want in ’19 and go after it. But balance is important! Be sure to add in some downtime along with all of that New Year’s determination.
I know from personal experience that, when I concentrate too much on work, dieting, exercise, or other goals I’ve set for myself, I can neglect important areas of my life including rest and self-care. This can really backfire. I’ll soon get tired from too much work, cranky from too much dieting, and sore from overdoing it at the gym. Moreover, my typical response to these kinds of stressors is to then blow off my goals and head into the kitchen for a big bowl of ice cream. This I follow with a lengthy session in front of the boob tube and several additional snacks. Not a great way to go about pursuing one’s aspirations!
So, before you sabotage what may be a promising start to creating lasting change in your life, remember that balance is important and a bit of built-in fun is the best antidote to stress.