Saturated. Is the word I’d use to describe the Internet in relation to ‘what a shitty 2016 it’s been’ and how 2017 is going to be so much better.
I was tempted to shut down my social media for a few days as the constant bombardment was making me feel stressed out. All this pressure to set goals and make this year better than the one before it. Then there is the entire Health & Fitness/Wellness industry jumping on the (predictable) marketing bandwagon, the million promotional emails, ads…I really need to start unsubscribing!
Now don’t get me wrong, at the end of the day its business. And I’m all for being positive and going big with intentions for the year, however at the point where it starts to get a bit much, its time to switch off. The last few days have been uncomfortable because I’ve been thinking that I need to be clear on everything for THE WHOLE YEAR AHEAD by tomorrow.
But no. You don’t HAVE to do anything.
It’s also still the start of the year – the exact date doesn’t really matter. Forget the ‘shoulds’. If you actually want to then all there is to do is to book in some time with yourself over the next few days. Switch everything off and sit through your own process of reflection and see what comes up for you organically. Make notes, draw pictures if that’s something that feels natural to you.
The below has been a really fun, surprising and enlightening process for me personally, so if you’re a little stuck on how to go about this, I’ve broken down some steps:
- Reflect back on the year. List all your achievements. Acknowledge them. We don’t do this often enough!
- Map out all the important areas of your life. Examples could include: Family, Friends, Career, Health, Spirituality, Home environment, Relationships
- Write down some words to describe how you want to feel in each of these areas, for example; courageous, adventurous, free, healthy, strong, energised, balanced, calm, inspired, excited, grateful, creative
- Brainstorm some ideas of things you could do in each of areas that would get you to those feelings. Don’t restrict yourself at this point. Go nuts. Nobody has to see it!