2020 has been and gone and what a year it has been!
The past 12 months have been like no other in living memory. And after all we’ve been through there is a real need take a compassionate look at self-development and our mental health in 2021.
With the New Year comes the temptation to hop on board the change train of ‘self-criticism’, head to carriage ‘unrealistic expectations,’ and ‘comparing to others’ and trundle on to destination ‘new and improved you’.. With all this expectation you can arrive feeling overwhelmed and a little disappointed.
This year we hope you can
1Accept who you are
2Nourish your body
3Bring intention into your actions
4Take time for yourself
It’s “… cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.” Brene Brown
Resist the urge to strive for an entirely new you in 2021. Instead accept you last year, today and tomorrow.
Approach personal growth, habit change and goals with a kinder self-talk that cares for your mental wellbeing.
Evaluate the relationship you have with yourself. Ask would you speak to somebody else in the way you speak about yourself? The relationship you have with yourself is crucial to your own wellbeing and to creating healthy and happy relationships with others.
Being kind to yourself regularly is one of the best things you can do.
5 habits to improve the relationship with you in 2021
◾Invest in yourself by spending 15-30 minutes each day doing something you enjoy
◾Write down positive things about yourself when your inner critic finds faults
◾Act as if you were your own best friend and be kind and supportive when you stumble or feel you have failed
◾Do something to wind down and relax at the end of each day
◾Take a few minutes each day to appreciate the small wins you have achieved
Here’s to taking time to accept yourself in 2021.