My New Take on New Year's Resolutions.

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It’s that time of year again. That time of year when commercials, our social media feeds, and even our very own parents bully us into believing that a new calendar year means we need to become an entirely different version of ourselves.

.But after 10 years of spending New Year’s Eve either on suicide watch in a psychiatric ward, or on the verge of being placed in an inpatient unit due to extreme depression and relentless panic attacks, I am taking a new approach to the New Year this time around.

That means no more “New Year, New Me.” It’s time that I learn to care for the already awesome (and absurd 👆) booty shaking person that I am. .

So instead, this year, I am going to focus on the idea of “New Year, New Self-Care Regimen.”.

One method that I use to focus on ideas like these is to write a letter to myself:

So, let’s give that a go.

Dear Kate,

What if, instead of reinventing yourself (the one and only self you have) you choose to care for yourself more thoughtfully and intentionally this year?

In the face of what the media and your family may be telling you, this concept of self-care as a resolution may feel like a radical concept. But this year, I truly believe it is the right decision.

So, here are what I want to be your New New Year’s Resolutions:

Resolution 1: Resolve to choose acceptance

This year, instead of pinching your tummy fat and starting a crash diet and new exercise regimen, resolve to accept yourself. There is such power in acceptance. And, better yet, there is such freedom.

So, any time you find yourself trying to transform or eradicate your individuality, this year you should resolve to say: “No. This year, I accept me. This year, I am enough, exactly as I am.”

Resolution 2: Resolve to choose intentionality over trying to do everything

So often, you get caught up believing that you have to do everything in order to be a good and meaningful human. But, let’s face it, you can’t accomplish every task you give yourself. And in the quest to do them all, you lose the meaning and joy that can be found along the way.

This year, resolve to make intentional choices regarding what you participate in. And, when you make commitments, ensure that you put your phone away and lose yourself in the beauty of the moment and activity at hand.

Resolution 3: Learn the power of no

Since you were very little, you have been told that to be kind, you must always say “yes.” However, this is simply not true. Always saying “yes” is an act of people-pleasing. This year, resolve to learn how to say “no,” with no explanation, and bask in the freedom such an expression can bring.

... to keep reading the rest of my self care (& dorky) resolutions, please click link below... 😘

https://www.healthline.com/health/new-take-on-new-year-resolutions

Kate Fisher