On January 1st, we often have great expectations of ourselves. This is the year of career changes, of body goals, of major milestones, we are determined.
Here at Well+Good, we’ve tried to get rid of the mindset of setting unrealistic New Year’s goals, which often focuses on the expectations set forth by the diet industry. With the ReNew Year program instead, we focus on taking care of ourselves and the ways that we can try to nurture ourselves and feel our best from the inside out.
However, there’s something special about the spark of motivation that blooms on January 1. Being proactive about how we want our lives to look has the potential to help us find fulfillment and fun. Is there a way to overcome that will without the usual pressure and shame?
Author, meditation teacher, and self-care expert Kimberly Snyder believes yes. She sees every morning as an opportunity for a fresh start and practices rituals like meditation and connecting with her body by drinking a hot beverage to focus on what she really is. want of the day — and all those days we live in a row. ..also called a life.
There is an unexpected benefit to treating every day like a fresh start. The new year only comes, well, once a year. So it’s a time that can feel like high risk and huge pressure. But if we bring in that New Year’s mindset every morning, we’ll see how much power we really have to make our lives what we want it to be.
“It relieves the pressure,” says Snyder. “It’s like it’s a new year and we’re messy, on the contrary, hey, every day is a new beginning. And it’s these small steps that really add up in big and profound ways.”
From basic training in the morning, to adjusting to our bodies’ dietary and physical needs, Snyder joins fitness trainer Elisabeth Akinwale and registered dietitian nutritionist Maya Feller talks about what it really means to be “refreshed” in the latest episode of Well+Good audio files. Subscribe below to hear their full conversation and get tips on how to bring a sense of renewal into your life after January.