With the New Year came the usual influx of 100 million #newyearnewme tags on everything, but was the 2018 “you” really that bad?

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed the 2018 me.

Taking into account a  few dodgy choices, highlight for one, seriously, I thought we were all friends, I think the 2018 “me” was pretty good, so why succumb to all this social media pressure to find a new me! I think it’s a much better idea to keep the “2018 you” and maybe just add a few things that enrich your life a little more.

At this time of year we have enough to deal with, post Christmas blues, dry January, weight gain, wondering why Sandra Bullock never gave those kids names, that do we really need to add a “New You” top of your list.

Instead here’s a few “New Year, Same Me” tips to make things a little easier on yourself.

Don’t Make Resolutions For The Sake Of It. 

With all this “New Year, New Me” babble comes the added stress to make resolutions. If you are one of those who doesn’t see the point in making them, then you’re setting yourself up for failure straight away. As my Mother would say “If she jumped off the pier head, would you jump too?”. Make a change because YOU want the change, not because social media told you.  This way, it is something you will stick too. It can be anything. Just once it’s something YOU want. Small changes have a big impact and lead to bigger changes. Start small and make yourself weekly or monthly goals instead of ones that need to last 12 months.

Make Self Care A Priority.

Self-care isn’t just one thing, and it’s not the same thing to everyone. Basically, self-care means taking time to focus on things that contribute to your wellbeing. Self-care can be taking a bath, going therapy, scheduling thirty minutes for yourself to read at night, or simply saying no to going out. In 2019, try making self-care a priority. See if you can do something small for yourself every day — even if it’s taking five minutes in your morning to turn your phone off and enjoy your breakfast without thinking of work. Get creative!

Part of self-care is also remembering to have compassion for yourself. You’re not perfect, and there are going to be days when you’ll mess up. But guess what? That’s totally okay. Perfection is overrated anyway.

Move! 

As Elle Woods said ” Endorphins make you happy” and with these wise words in mind it’s time to make endorphins. The best way to do this is to move. We are big believers here at Platinum Pilates that “Movement Heals” and that means in many, many ways. With post Christmas blues, feeling “ugh” with weight gain and the general bleak feel of January, it is never more important to move. If you love Pilates, do Pilates.  If you love to run, then run. What ever it is just do it.

The more you move, the better you will feel. This will also help with shifting some of those Christmas kgs that might have checked in over December.

Surround Yourself With Things That Make You Happy. 

If you don’t enjoy it, Don’t do it. I think we are all allowed be a little selfish from time to time, especially in this day and age when we can be far too hard on ourselves. Make 2019 the year you put yourself first a little more often. If something makes you happy, do more of it. If something makes you unhappy, then don’t do it. We all have things that we role our eyes at but suffer through for the sake of it. Well now is the time to take a stand and start to substitute the bad for the good. Make plans with people who are as happy in your company as you are in theirs. Go for that burrito on your own or to see that movie you want to. (side note* if you have never eaten alone or gone to the movies alone now is your time. It’s very liberating!) Making and keeping yourself happy does not make you selfish.

At the end of the day, January can be rough enough, be kind to yourself and don’t add any unnecessary stresses.

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