Happy New Year! I’ve had a wonderful Christmas, I loved spending quality time with friends and family. I also spent time snuggling with my cats whilst reading (and eating chocolate), watching Netflix and shopping in the sales (I love my new Samsung tablet). I have also been reflecting on the last year, thinking about my accomplishments, my goals, the highs and lows, the lost friendships and new ones, the laughter and the tears. 2016 was a challenging year for me, but I’ve learned a lot about myself and I am stronger than ever before.
This year, I promise that…
I will be kind to myself. I will take time out to look after myself physically and emotionally. I will listen to my body and not push myself too much. I will carve out time for myself by setting aside 30 minutes or more each day to relax – to read a good book, to enjoy a hobby, to indulge in home pampering, to meditate or do some colouring for mindfulness.
I will not allow people to mistreat me. I deserve to be treated with the same love, respect and kindness that I show others.
I will not feel guilty when I say no. Sometimes my body needs to recharge and I must decline social invitations. My health comes first.
I will speak lovingly to myself. I tend to be very self-critical. This year I am going to celebrate my little accomplishments.
I will take better care of my body. I will try to eat healthier and drink more water.
I will continue to practise mindfulness. When we are mindful of the present moment, we experience our life as we live it. We appreciate the delicious taste of the food we eat, the scent of flowers that bloom, the purring of a cat, the softness of a blanket and the beauty of a butterfly fluttering in the air.
I will work harder to show my friends how important they are to me. I love my true friends, the ones who have stayed by my side as I deal with a lot of health issues. I value their friendship and love.
What promises have you made to yourself this year?