I have declared 2017 the year of self-care for myself and my family. Looking back over 2016, during the times of higher stress I was also the hardest on myself and wasn’t properly taking good care of me.

This year, rather than having a specific resolution that I’m not likely to stick to, I’ve decided to explore different ways to really improve my personal well-being through self-care. I’m going to let my intuition guide me to figure out what I need at any given time of this coming year to provide myself with the best self-care possible.

What does that mean to me? There are four major themes I’m going to focus on this year, which we’ll explore together below. My intention is to let my self-care evolve as I make changes and become more grounded and focused throughout 2017.

Here are my four main focuses for 2017:

1. Become more gentle with myself.

I have begun by allowing myself time to rest (and I don’t mean sleep), I mean active rest. By taking time to curl up with a book, meditate, connect with my breath, prepare a healthy meal, listen to my favourite music or drink a hot cup of tea I am providing myself with valuable time to relax and feel satisfied. My goal is to step away from the chaos in the world and work at keeping my life more tranquil and serene. I am working on pushing out the negative thoughts, media outlets, and interactions to maintain a more positive outlook for 2017.

I believe that gentleness is the cornerstone of self-care and my mission is to inject gentleness into my daily life, and routine, or even mundane tasks to experience them in a more meaningful way.

2. Move my body in different ways every day. 

In 2017, my goal is to get off the treadmill (of life) and step into different ways to move my body.  I have already begun by incorporating Yoga, Pilates, high intensity workouts, breathing exercises, cardio, and stretching into my workout routine. I’ve been mindful to listen to my body and really connect with the sensations that are left behind in my body from a good workout. That also includes listening to my body when it is tired and needs a break from exercise.

3. Remove “junk” from my diet. 

Over the holidays we tend to loosen our grip on our normal daily eating habits, and “junk” foods start to creep in and become the new “norm”. As I have moved through the first couple of weeks of January, I have focused on removing the simple sugars, and foods high in unhealthy fats. I’ve also been more conscious of my portion sizes and making good food choices that are going to nourish my body and provide me with a clean source of energy.

Remember to be gentle with yourself here – we are not always going to make good food choices and feeling guilty about our choices is not a means to be gentle with yourself. Work towards a healthy balance that still allows some flexibility in your diet so you feel fulfilled and satisfied.

4. Grow my list of hobbies, try new activities and visit new places. 

This one is like a mini bucket list for 2017. Trying new things is exhilarating, and it can help to strengthen relationships with our loved ones as we try new things together. My intention is to feel more free and alive with excitement to have the opportunity for new experiences.

Hopefully in 2017, you too will find ways to improve your self-care and infuse gentleness into your daily life. Let’s make this year more fulfilling, successful, and joyful than the last.

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Blog by Guest Author:

Cindy Richardson RHN headshotCindy Richardson is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is the owner of Abundant Health Centre, where she fulfills her passion to inspire health naturally.
Cindy enjoys educating clients on whole foods, eliminating harmful toxins in the environment, supporting the body through exercise, and emphasizing the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection. It is her belief that chronic disease can be prevented, healed and reversed through a corrective diet and lifestyle changes.
Cindy adopts a hands-on approach to health education and includes demonstrations, samples, recipes, handouts, and electronic resources in both her in-person and online consultations.

Find Cindy at http://www.abundanthealthcentre.ca and https://www.facebook.com/AbundantHealthCindy/

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