Challenge Your New Year
I can’t stress to you enough, the importance of removing stress from your life (see what I did there). As we begin a new year, most of us set some sort of New Year’s Resolutions. Usually these involve losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, getting more done at work, spending more time with family...I could go on. All of these are GREAT things to improve upon and I certainly make my own resolutions (I’ll share mine at the end of this post), but I believe that there is a central theme at the core of most resolutions, and that is stress.
Stress makes us gain weight, it keeps us up at night, it makes us irritable, it damages our relationships and causes us to make bad life choices. Stress itself is not a disease though, it is a symptom. The trick to beating stress and accomplishing your resolutions is to find the root cause of your stress and eliminate it wherever possible. I do realize that there are some stressors that can’t be alleviated completely. Things like work, taking care of your loved ones or just general circumstances that are beyond your control. However, I think there is a lot of value in de-stressing the areas of life that you can control and by doing so, the uncontrollable will at least be more manageable.
So this year, on the blog we are going to do a monthly challenge that involves working on different areas of your life that you can work on to alleviate stress. Here is the schedule I have planned for the year:
- January: Declutter to Destress
- February: Improve your Sleep
- March: Clean Up Your Plate
- April: Detox Your Home
- May: Detox Your Personal Care Products
- June: Move Your Body
- July: Clear Your Mind
- August: Get Organized
- September: Mend Your Fences (focus on relationships)
- October: Banish Sugar
- November: Optimize Your Supplements
- December: Plan for Next Year
As you can see, in January we will be focusing on decluttering your home. I know that after Christmas I feel the need to get rid of excess, perhaps because Christmas is a season of excess. It is difficult to focus on other areas of my life when things are messy, and messy is usually the result of having too much. My next article will be full of tips, tricks and ideas for you to use for decluttering around your home.
I hope you will all follow the blog this year and get some great benefits from the things we will be sharing here. And my resolution-- is to stop being so busy. There is a greater personal purpose behind this resolution, but over the years I have begun to worship busyness and I am determined to make that change this year. Good luck to you all and Happy New Year!!!