Goddess Leonie gently reminds us that we should be mindful about creating these habits. They should be filled with ease, permission and joy. For example, I may want to resolve that I will exercise for an hour every day but know that I’m going to have a hard time achieving that. Instead, maybe I aim for at least 15 minutes, and include yoga, cleaning, and gentle walks in my definition of exercise.
I’m also going to keep in mind that what works for me in January may not by September, so assessment and revision is a good thing. In fact, why don’t I just go with Things That Are Already Working and Things I’d Like to Try During the First Quarter?
Things That Are Already Working
Shiva Nata* (almost) daily.
Meditating for 10-15 minutes (almost) daily.
Writing in my journal most days.
Some form of yoga most days.
Cardio/strength sessions 2-3 times a week.
Getting enough rest, including naps when I need them.
Eating a mostly gluten- and meat- free diet.
Things I’d Like to Try During the First Quarter
First off, this is, by far, the most difficult time of year for me. I’m the most likely to suffer from depression and anxiety at this time, due to SAD and the let-down from the holidays (which includes my birthday). I’m more likely to question why I’m doing what I’m doing and find fault with all of my plans and failed attempts. There’s just nothing for me to look forward to, except Spring, but that’s a long wait! So along with staying on my medication, here are some things I want to try:
Tropical Getaway: Barring winning the lottery or other contest, I probably won’t actually make it to the tropics this year. I refuse to let that stop me from bringing the essence of a tropical getaway into my life, however! I can burn candles that smell like pineapple and coconut and passion flower. I can use a pomegranate-mango body wash. I can get a pedicure with funky orange polish. I can’t do much about the lack of sunshine but I can turn up the heat (just for a couple of days, honey) and turn on all the lights. I can listen to the sounds of the ocean on my spa sound machine. I can eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, which seems to come naturally in tropical places.
Lots and lots of nourishing, uplifting self-care (keep gluten and sugar intake low, at-home facials, ten deep breaths, reading for fun).
Lots and lots of permission to feel how I feel, even when it’s sucky.
Meditating at night as well as in the morning.
Focusing my movement on cardio and yoga to really get the endorphins pumping.
Engaging more with friends, because that just makes everything better. None of us has to do this alone.
Purchase a therapeutic light box.
If at all possible, get more massages than normal.
As the first quarter winds down, I trust that I will have ideas for habits I want to create for the next quarter. I would love to hear how you approach seasons that are difficult or what your key zen habits will be for the new year. Please leave a comment (or not, no pressure)!
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Yes, I shake my affie-taffy for this stuff.