Are you in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions and then not keeping them? We’ve all been there of course; we set goals to lose 20 pounds, to go to the gym, or to stop procrastinating…but it’s so easy to let the big ideas fall by the wayside as expectant January turns into cold February and can’t be bothered March.
One resolution that you really should keep is to make sure that you include more self-care in your daily life in 2021. It’s not an option, it’s a priority. Even those of us who have busy lives – a family, a job and responsibilities, remember that you can’t fill from an empty cup and if your own cup of well-being is empty, you won’t have the capacity or the inclination to think about pouring a cup for anyone else!
So, what do we think is the number one thing you need to make time for next year? You. And a relaxed, contented you will be. Good thing for you, and your family and workmates. Now is the time to decide how you intend to look out for yourself in the coming year. Of course, we believe that massage therapy should be high on your list of things to schedule in on a regular basis. Just one massage session a month even – it will give you something to look forward to, a session of me-time where you can focus on your own wants and needs for an hour or so and address any niggling physical problems that might be irritating you.
Don’t stop at massage – your health is so important that you should also make sure you are up to date on any tests and examinations – self-examination is key for breast health and take any mammograms and pap smears that are offered by your healthcare provider. Get your teeth checked regularly and make sure your eye exams are up to date. These tests all take a few minutes of your time but will spot any potential health problems early enough so that you can nip them in the bud. If there’s nothing to worry about you get a clean bill of health and a smug feeling that everything is up to date.
Relaxation is key; along with regular massage therapy you could try adding in some Reiki – or how about getting to grips with yoga, at home or in a class? Meditation – it’s on the list for many of us but make this year the year you take that ten minutes in the bath or as you sit in bed, and really focus on breathing and mindfulness. Try an app to get you in the meditation mood and you’ll be zoning out in no time.
Try all of these ideas for a happier, healthier and more relaxed you in 2021…Happy New Year!