The Holiday Season
We’ve made it through the holidays! Phew. For some, it was a time of enjoyment and fun. For others, it was a rough go. For me, it was a mixture of both. I was excited about some much-needed time off and relaxation. Our holidays started with a beautiful Winter solstice celebration, a magical time to ponder about our intentions for the 2021 year and send them off into the universe, hoping they find their way back to us all in divine timing.
Christmas was filled with great memories, lots of cooking, and love. Then the time between Christmas and the new year, I fell into an abysmal bought of depression with a sprinkle of anxiety. The weeks leading up to this fun-filled time were stressful. The weight of all of the changes COVID brought was starting to make me crack a bit, and my shoulders began to feel the weight of the world pushing down. All I wanted was to sleep and cry and try not to yell at everyone (this is one of my coping mechanisms that I absolutely hate). I felt like I had lost everything I had worked for on my mental health journey. I felt lost as to where I was supposed to be headed and didn’t know what to do to climb back out. But this time, I talked with those close to me about what was going on. I told myself that I needed to use this time to recoil and reflect. I made it OK to feel this way, take a break, and do some uncomfortable inner work.
Dealing with anxiety and depression around the holidays
The holidays and then just reaching the end/beginning of something (new year) for those with anxiety and depression can trigger not the best emotions and habits. We feel we should have reached a certain level in the game of life; if you will, I think we all go through it at some point in our lives, and unfortunately, most will experience this more than once in their lifetime.
New Years Resolutions
This year and every year, we should not feel the need to put on the stress of starting a new routine on January 1st. Revving up to this date can add so much unneeded stress to the joy the holiday time should bring. Take the time to start new habits, routines, and, ultimately, a new way of life. We are creating and cultivating a new way of thinking and living; that shit takes time. So, take a moment to remember to breathe.
Find a new way to start the new year
Around this time last year, I was eagerly waiting for my 40-day yoga revolution program to start, and if you want to hear about this journey, you can find it here. This program was a great introduction to the Baptise yoga method and started me on my meditation journey. I realized how much more freeing it was to not worry about making all of these life-altering changes on January 1st every year. This year, I followed a new plan, and for any of you who maybe haven’t started what you wanted or perhaps now you want to make some changes, guess what??? That’s awesome! You’ve manifested it in your mind, so really, you have already started! SWEET, right!?! What I found was to take a day or two to think about how you can make these changes. I find it super helpful to say to myself. “just make it 30 days and see what happens after that”. Breaking up my “new year, new you” plan helps me stay motivated and not become overwhelmed, inflated with defeat, and then inevitably give up.
I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t feel guilty if you haven’t made any life-altering changes yet. What is meant for you will come in perfect timing. Every day can be your new year, and every day is a chance to start fresh, make a fork in the path, and turn in a new direction.
Come with me on my 30-day journey
Interest in integrating yoga into your life for the new year? I would love for you to come on my 30-yoga journey with Adriene in her Breath series. Her series starts on day one with nothing other than a welcome video. It’s a great way to start slowly and get yourself motivated for the next 30 days of transformation. Her series can be found on her channel here.
Other ways to start the new year
If you’re looking to create some balance internally, check out my post on a quick 7-day chakra flow, I found from one of my favorite yogis, Allie #journeyjunkie. The blog post on this can be found here, and if you want a more in-depth look at our seven main chakras, you can find that here. Or maybe you need to rebalance your five embodied elements, create and find balance within all of the elements that make you, you. Here is this series, and each element has a lovely yoga flow to pull it all together: Fire Element, Earth Element, Air Element, Water Element, and Spirit Element.
It’s OK to not be OK all the time
And if you are someone who is struggling with anxiety and depression, please know that you are not alone, and the brighter days will shine again. We need to normalize not being OK, sometimes we are not OK, and that’s OK. If you want to learn more about my most recent mental health journey, you can find the other installments here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
Sending you all the feels
I hope this new year brings an abundance of peace, love, confidence in yourself and your dreams, and the push you need to follow those lovely dreams. Nothing is too great; you can always create the life you imagined. The steps we take to get there shape us into who we are and give us the strength to keep climbing. So, as we head into a new year…
Wishing you love, light and inner peace babes ✌🌈✨💜
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