I’m doing things differently this year.
January, with its wonderfully clean and fresh slate, always calls to us, tempts us to get it all together and correct all the wrongs and make all the changes we want to make and start working the plan, the schedule…all in January.
And after lifelong years of growing up with this societal/cultural message all around us, we can start to believe that however we start January is how the rest of the year will be…so we hustle and make ourselves crazy.
Well, some of us do.
On the flip side, some of us, with full awareness of the trappings of January, hide in our caves because it’s all just too overwhelming. (This actually aligns more with the energy of January, but more on this later.) What can often happen here is the extreme opposite of the former: we don’t do ANYTHING at all which then puts us into a rut.
Many of us have only just “un-rutted” ourselves from the pandemic.
Neither spending January in a tizzy nor full-on "rutting it" is ideal.
We need to meet in the sweet spot somewhere in the middle.
And the middle will be different for each of us.
our perceptions of our dear January need a makeover.
January is indeed a time of rest.
Being a Winter month, the energy of the season brings with it much opportunity for reflection and inner awareness.
If we refrain from all the tugs and pulls to "hustle," we will hear a call towards things that refuel and refill our spiritual well. And these are things we can do to keep the energy moving gently to prevent stagnation.
So think: “a little, with a lot of love!”
I was on staycation from my day job and by the second week, when I started to hear the murmurings of what could refuel and refill my spiritual well.
I followed the call and started 🧵 hand sewing "crafty cats." (Even though "I don't sew!")
Here are a few of them.
A few tips if you’re in a tizzy:
- ⏰ Set an alarm, with a gentle tone, that reminds you to breathe. Box breathing is a favorite for many - breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, exhale for 4 counts, rest for 4 counts and begin again. My go-to breathing exercise is taking a full deep breath, filling my lungs and then exhaling slowly, like air coming out of a tire. When I think there’s no more to exhale, I find just a tad more breath to release. For me, this is extremely releasing and calming to my nervous system.
- 📅 Take a look at your calendar and start moving things! You’ve probably overbooked and overcommitted. Schedule time to create more space in your calendar. If you think you can’t move something, really ask yourself if that’s actually true. What will happen if you move it?
- 😌 If you have a hard time relaxing in general, consider a meditation app where you can be guided on a 1 min - 10 min meditation and/or try our best-selling Calm blend.
A few tips to un-rut:
- ⏰ Set an alarm, with a fun, uplifting tone, that reminds you to breathe. Try an invigorating and energizing breathing exercise like taking 5 quick short breaths through your nose, each one filling your lungs and exhaling in the same way through your nose, 5 quick spurts of exhaling.
- 😸 Brainstorm and write a list of things you wish you had more time to do then look at the list and mark which ones bring you the most joy! These are the ones that will refuel and refill your well.
- 🌲 Take a walk in nature. Nature is always there for us to invigorate, clarify, and nature always tells the truth.
So however you’ve spent January thus far is okay because we do have another beautiful Winter month, February, right around the corner.
Tell me below in the comments how you've spent/are spending your January! I’d love to hear!
And don't forget to love yourself like you love your cat!
With Love and Above!
💌A few Love Notes: My partner, Toast and I, recorded a podcast episode that goes into more details about this 'different.' 🎧 You can listen using the audio player below, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Here's Bear my cat meeting a crafty cat 😻