I am not one to set New Year’s Resolutions. I have tried them in the past, and they are a waste of time. Back when I did attempt to make them, I would inevitably fail to keep them, and then I would beat myself up for being such a slug. Who needs that extra pressure?
Not setting New Year’s Resolutions shouldn’t mean that one does not set new intentions for a better, healthier, and more balanced life in general, however. Everyone needs to be paying attention to their overall health and sense of well-being, whether or not they are doing it because it is the end of one year and the beginning of another.
Recently, I have been teaching teachers how to manage and reduce the stress in their lives by setting new intentions around six key practices. They include (1) staying properly hydrated; (2) eating nutritious whole foods instead of highly processed ones; (3) getting restful, uninterrupted, and adequate amounts of sleep; (4) engaging in adequate and appropriate exercise; (5) having FUN by pursuing a hobby or past time that is relaxing and rejuvenating; and (6) engaging in a practice of mindful prayer or periods of meditation. Getting present in the moment can be an important key to putting things that are happening in your life in proper perspective; and practicing gratitude for the many blessings you already have may help, too.
These six practices can be extremely helpful in reducing and managing stress in proactive, healthy ways. If you are interested in learning more, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 25-page report on why these practices are so important and how to go about incorporating them into your life in the new year.
In the meantime, Happy New Year. May it be all that you wish it to be.