We’re halfway through January! How did that even happen so quickly?! It’s a new year baby, and I know you’re ready to rock it!
But a new year often comes with a lot of pressure! The desire to change, better yourself and achieve something. It can make January a very stressful month.
Resolutions alone can quickly create a lot of New Year stress. And, unfortunately, many of them fail within the first few months of the year. Which only hurts us more!
If you’re feeling the early year blues or any pressure to strive for giant changes, this is for you. Let’s take some of that pressure off, shall we?
4 Ways To Help Kick New Year Stress In The Butt
1. It’s OK If Your Year Is Off To A Rocky Start
New years always feels so exciting. And I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to start off a new year on the “right foot”. But here’s the thing, you have 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours of 2020. Take it one step and one day at a time. Today does not define tomorrow. Nor does it define this entire year. Where you are right now is not exactly where you will be come December 31st.⠀
Take the pressure off honey. If things have started off with a struggle, that’s ok. You’re ok! 2020 came with no expectations. So just do you and keep going. You go this!
2. You Do Not Have To Re-Invent Yourself
You are enough, just as you are. Regardless of what year it is. A change in the calendar doesn’t mean that you have to change. Recognizing that can relieve a lot of those new year stress feels.
Keep going and keep growing, one step and one day at a time.
Instead of focusing on re-invention, you could gain so much if you try to work on self-love instead.
Self-love isn’t easy! It’s not some magic destination. But, damn, is it ever wonderful.
And practicing self-love works best when you strive to accept yourself as you are right now.
That whole “new year, new me” idea is so problematic, because it’s rooted in accepting yourself only when you become some mythical better person. You hold your self-love for ransom indefinitely when you decide that you need to be “better” before you deserve your own kindness, understand, love and admiration. You deserve all that right now yo!
3. You Can Love Yourself And Strive For Change
Accepting your beautiful self as you are, flaws and all, doesn’t mean that you give up on your ambitions or permanently settle into exactly where you are in your life at this moment. There is nothing wrong with having dreams, ambitions and goals. That’s not the antithesis to self-love.
We all want and deserve to grow and learn. But you deserve self-love right now.
You are already full of goodness. And when you realize that and you start to honour what an incredible person you already are, things change. Because any change that you decide to strive for is no longer about fixing yourself. It’s instead about acknowledging that you’re already bursting with goodness and you’re just looking to create more.
If you do want to chase dreams and goals this year, go for it cutie! But know that those goals don’t need to include re-inventing yourself or conforming. And they can be chased in a self-loving way.
Remember that you bring a ton of awesome to the table. You, right now, as you are, have made it through every hardship life has thrown at you. You’ve met so many goals, learned a ton from your failures (we all have them) and have grown so much. Current you is pretty wonderful and so, so worthy of your love.
4. It’s OK To Be Happy Where You Are
You’re allowed to be satisfied where you are. If you’re not currently interested in any big changes, that’s cool! Enjoying the moment is fantastic. And being happy where you are, man is that a wonderful thing!
You do not have to constantly strive for change. You’re going to grow and change so much this year no matter what. Thanks to all the lessons and experiences waiting for you just around the corner. But you are allowed to decide when you do and when you do not want to chase big goals and consciously change things up.
Does that mean that you need to throw self-improvement out the window? Of course not!
You’re awesome. Period. This year is going to be a wonderful, new opportunity to grow. And it’s the you that you are right now that’s going to start you off on the journey. Be nice to yourself. Trust yourself. And work with yourself as you navigate everything 2020 has to offer. You’ve got this!
Do you feel new year stress? What advice would you add to the list to help those who do? Share your thoughts in the experiences in the comments below.
Health and love,
Thought of the day: Take the pressure off. You’ve got this!
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