It’s (still) the thought that counts
Happy New Year!
I hope you enjoyed a restful, cosy Christmas and you’re feeling ready to face 2019 head-on.
January always seems to me to be the worst possible time to make resolutions. I am usually fairly full of cheese by New Year’s Day, so some sort of concession to vegetables and activity is essential – but is now really the right time to berate ourselves about what we could be doing better?
This year, I plan to think a bit differently and be a bit kinder to myself. Someone very wise told me recently that it’s OK to give yourself a break sometimes. It’s OK to take an hour out and do something just for yourself – and you don’t need to feel guilty about it.
For me, that break involves a sweaty 60 minutes on the squash court. I had never played before this summer – but I bravely booked myself in for some lessons and discovered a new sport that I absolutely love. It’s an hour each week that is completely mine: no business to run, no children to entertain, no one to please but myself. It’s something that I look forward to for the other six days of the week, and something that I would try my absolute hardest not to miss.
How will you be kinder to yourself this year? I know that for some of you, flowers play a big part in boosting your mood – so why not promise yourself a little floral pick-me-up every now and again? I know, I know… this sounds like I am trying to sell you things again. But if flowers make you smile, have more of them in your life. Not necessarily from Gardenia (although ours are lovely) – but you could swap out that vegetable bed to make a cut flower garden, or head to the garden centre for a window box and stuff it full of cyclamen to keep you going through the dark days of winter.
When you think about it, it’s not hard to find a way to brighten up life. We don’t need resolutions; we just need a little bit more of what makes our heart sing. Let’s make 2019 the year of being nice to ourselves. We deserve it.
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