I love the holidays. I love decorating, wrapping gifts, baking cookies, and celebrating with family and friends. But let's be honest, along with the holidays comes plenty of stress, chaos, and toxic energy.
We are constantly under pressure to *Buy, Buy, Buy*! Everything from commercials to social media to product packaging is designed to make us buy it. At no other time is this pressure greater than during the holidays, where giving gifts is marketed to us as being a measure of love.
2020 has been such an odd and stressful year, it really amplified the things that cause us more stress than joy.
I have a huge confession to make. As a business owner, it is VERY rewarding to watch your bank account grow during the holidays. As a result, so much of my energy ends up being devoted to getting people to buy gift cards rather than my focus being on the health and wellness of my clients. In this year, when energy is already spread so thin, mental health already volatile, the toxicity of it all became so apparent to me.
As a resolution for 2021, I feel the need to recommit to wellness. Not only for my own health, but for the example it can set for my clients and followers. How am I going to do this? In a couple of fun ways I am looking forward to:
1) If you've been in my office recently you'll known that I've started to offer some retail products. While at first this could seem like another toxic pressure to place on clients, I commit myself to only offering products that I truly believe will enhance health and wellness. This includes our custom-designed Heat Therapy Wraps as well as my favorite brand of tea. And I have more wellness products coming this year!
2) I am embarking on my own experimental wellness journey, with a different challenge every month! I'll be able to document my various journeys on social media as well as in my monthly blog posts. I have a few ideas, but I welcome and encourage your suggestions!
There is one very specific guideline I must stick to- the monthly project must encourage a healthy mind, body, and soul, and bring about only positive changes. It can be something as simple as a commitment to read a book, or as challenging as swearing off social media. But no diets, nothing that encourages negative, restrictive or obsessive behavior. If you have an idea please share it with me!
So what is my wellness experiment for January?
In January 2021 I commit to practicing yoga every day for the entire month.
I look forward to 2021: The Year of Wellness and to sharing it with all of you!