As we refresh, I think we all are ready to ring in the New Year with a sense of calm and order to tackle new goals and big dreams. One important necessity is to rest our bodies and revive our hearts a bit after a hectic holiday season.
Simple Ways to Refresh:
- Spend time alone – New research suggest that quiet time – literally solitude and silence – can be therapeutic in the noisy world we live in. This is the perfect time for a warm cup of coffee, a good book or journal, or to meditate.
- Declutter your soul – As you sit, listen to what’s going on in your heart. What recurring theme pops into your mind? What worry, disappointment, regret, or memory is disturbing your peace? Recognize it, acknowledge it, fix it if you can, and then move on! Don’t let “mind noise” keep you from thinking positively.
- Rest – We weren’t created to run, run, run. What comes up must come down. After the adrenaline of the holidays you must take a good nap or go to bed early.
- Read – Get into the habit of reading quality material in small chunks, allowing the brain time to process and make connections with the material. I’ve found that over-reading can hinder comprehension and appreciation of the material.
- Plan some time for Friendship – Who are your 3 closest friends? If you haven’t told them how much you appreciate them lately, what are you waiting for? Text, write, phone, or visit your friend and make time to laugh, shop, and eat together. You’ll both benefit.
- Plan for beauty – When winter is blah, I know that arranging a small vase of flowers, a candle, a freshly pressed table cloth, or some other simple seasonal display does wonders for the atmosphere of my home. Simple creativity bring so much pleasure.
- Change of scenery – If you are like me and spend a lot of time at home, getting out for some fresh air is important. Head to the library, your favorite bagel shop, or to a friend’s house. This is a mood booster!
- Stimulating Conversation – I’m not a small talk person. I love to talk about heart and life matters and I’m not afraid to ask the people I respect their views on difficult subjects. My happiest moments are over a cup of tea discussing philosophy of education, motherhood, and life in general with a dear friend. If you are far from friends, listen to a pod cast or seminar online about topics that interest you.
- Learn a new skill – Anything you ever wanted to learn is on YouTube. What a time to live! Right now, I have a desire to learn and start practicing hand lettering.
- Decide to let go – What commitments, bad habits, and maybe even relationships are causing you more stress than enjoyment? Think of 1-2 aspects of your life that you could let go of to create more balance and contentment.
- Reduce decision fatigue – Does your brain go into overdrive if you’re faced with too many choices? Simplify and just enjoy. Not every decision is worth your energy. I think you will agree, in time, most decisions have a way of subtly showing us the choice we should make or the path to go down.
The more we feed our souls, the more we have to give to others. We don’t have to look for new and reinvented ideas — we can achieve a refreshing and reenergizing through SIMPLE daily habits. The look and feel good “now” ideas don’t work. It’s the routines we get ourselves into that majorly effect this!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I’m grateful for all the moments that 2019 gave me. We appreciate you being here and joining us on this journey! We’ve got exciting things in the works. Cheers to a bright 2020!
~Janelle & the Cassiano Team