by Dr. Elizabeth King, LCSW, CHt
Work-life can be hard to handle. Adding family and yourself to the equation is no easy task and can make anyone feel overwhelmed. The responsibility that comes with the ups and downs of daily life may take a toll on your well-being. Take time to reflect on what has made you happy in the past in order to move forward and create a joyful life. Focusing on your physical and emotional well-being needs to be a priority and can only guarantee success. After all, how can we help others if we have not helped ourselves’? Establish a new life for yourself focused on positivity and betterment in these simple ways:
- Detox after the holidays (find ways to detox). Detoxing right after the holiday season is a great way to start the year new. Cleansing your body of any impurities from the holiday food and drinks will make you feel like a new person. There are many different means to starting and completing a detox. Detoxing can involve the use of detox teas and herbs or fasting from certain food items like sugar and processed foods. Be on the lookout for the detox that will be right for your life and end goal. There are a lot of great programs out there, find one that works for you.
- Start an exercise program. Taking care of yourself involves your emotional and physical well-being. Beginning an exercise program to keep your physical health on track is perfect for the start of the New Year. Working out has several benefits that reach far beyond your physical well-being. Exercising done right will give that boost of energy to carry you through the day. Exercise also acts as a stress reliever and a way to help relieve tension.
- Hire a professional to help you process. We all need a little help with organizing our lives at some point in time. To make the balancing act a little easier, consider hiring a life coach, executive coach, hypnotherapist, or psychotherapist to help. These trained professionals will make sure that you are well on your way to a life filled with the clarity that you may be in need of at this time.
- Paying it forward, giving it back. Take the time to give back to your community. Lending a helping hand to those in need will allow those in need to be uplifted. Giving back also helps to create a stronger sense of worth and meaning for life. If you are able to help others, take the time out of your day to be charitable. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi
No matter what you decide to do to take better care of yourself in 2016, remember, this is about making life manageable. Taking time to help yourself will create a domino effect of positivity and allow for that to spread throughout the community. So, starting today, take control of your life and take care of you!
And that’s how you live a SASSY life!