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New Year, New Stress

There’s been a lot of talk about not making resolutions this year. Instead, we’re hearing about making goals and setting intentions. Whatever you want to call it, the outpouring of self-improvement status updates on social media can be crushing, especially if come February, you still haven’t scratched the surface of your list.

Stop. Self-flagellation is not going to help you meet your goals for 2018. Here are three tips to help you survive the New Year’s resolution madness:

1. Give yourself a break.

In January, you tend to be at your weakest: Christmas can take a hit on your finances, healthwise you’ve spent the last month dodging treats and alcohol at every turn, and it’s freezing out. It’s not the time to start making grand gestures to the self-improvement gods.

2. Consider adaptogens.

Adaptogens are natural stress fighters. They help the body adapt to stress whether it’s mental, physical, or emotional. You can get adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, Maca, Rhodiola, Cordyceps, Holy Basil, and B Vitamins in supplement form.

But you can also calm your nervous system with a cup of tea. Look for teas containing Valerian, Passionflower, Chamomile, or Lemon Balm. These herbs can naturally relax your body and mind after a long day.

3. Reevaluate.

Maybe it’s not your actions that need to change, but your attitude. Can you realistically save up the downpayment for a house in one year? Probably not.

Instead of trying to put half your next paycheck in the bank or go for a 10k run, think small. Start by bringing lunch to work twice a week and taking walks around the block. Smaller goals are easier to achieve and tiny shifts in your attention can cause serious shifts in your actions over time.

Good luck and Happy New Year!

 

Photo credit (from top to bottom): Fabian Møller, Drew Taylor