Self-Care for the New Year
By Tracy Hungate
Each year, it seems like November through January is a blur. Between work parties, holiday celebrations with friends and families, cleaning (and dirtying) the house, and spending money on food, drink, and gifts – life is simply busy! The new year is also the time we usually create resolutions for ourselves that are amended repeatedly or flat-out failed.
We all have the best intentions, but it’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because when we’re busy and overwhelmed, even a small reprieve feels like a luxury. So actually taking time to eat lunch, exercise, and hang out with friends? That just feels like slacking.
That mindset backfires, though.
Practicing self-care can reduce the feelings of burnout and the negative effects of stress, but it can also help you re-engage and focus.
Self-care for the New Year can include:
- Schedule calendar time for self-care.
- Make your health a top priority.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Grow self-compassion.
- Maintain a work-life balance.
- Regularly detox from social media.
- Cut out toxic people or relationships.
And don’t worry if you can’t or don’t want to do these things. Mental health and self-care require ongoing, lifelong maintenance – there’s no finish line, and no need to rush your progress.
If you or someone you know needs to talk, JFS is here. Call 210-302-6920 today and ask for an intake specialist.