I think this is the least stressful new year I’ve ever had. The reason? I have my anxiety under control. There is just something about thinking of the new year and all it has to offer, as well as all the things I didn’t complete, and all the things just make my head swim and then anxiety takes over.
Luckily being on meds has helped tremendously, so now I only feel a slight bit of anxiety.
One of the things that used to stress me out was new year’s resolutions, but that was because I made them vague and didn’t go into them with an action plan. One slip up and I doomed myself to a life of failure and subsequently would give up on the resolution only thinking of it frequently to remind myself how I failed and couldn’t start again until the new year.
I know, that makes absolutely no sense, but try to convince my anxiety enhanced brain how ridiculous that sounds.
Since then I’ve given up on resolutions, they just aren’t my thing. Instead I’ve turned those into goals I can set any time I want throughout the year, making sure they are SMART. You know, Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. Utilizing resolutions or goals in this way makes much more sense for me.
Even though I’ve ditched the resolutions it just doesn’t seem like a complete new year if I don’t create some kind of intention. Last year I decided to set a word as my intention, and it sort of worked, but I forgot about it until the last few days of 2016. I think I had it set in my head subconsciously because my word was ‘me’ and over the year I did start focusing more on myself and what I needed.
This year, instead of a word I’m giving myself a theme. My theme this year is ‘less is more.’
Less is More
Less is more relates to a lot of things in my life. My many many craft projects I have started but not finished. The many things I want to learn but can’t decide which one to start on so I don’t do any of them. My inability to cook a small meal which results in a lot of left overs, which often go uneaten. Or even my insistence on starting new homeschooling projects, but only if they are huge and take up a lot of time, which means we only stick with them for a few days.
Less is more.
I need to remind myself of this more often. I will get so much more enjoyment out of life, and I know I’ll be a lot more productive if I just cut down on some of the things I think I need to do. Cutting back will give me more time to focus on me and my family, but it will also give me more time and space to learn new things, and take part in the projects I really want to do.
This year, 2017, Less is More!
It’s time to take back my life and start focusing on what’s important.
Do you have a word, theme or resolution for 2017? I’d love to hear what your plans are for the next year in the comments below.