Lifestyle is all about the way you live your life, and what you might do to feel better when you’re upset to soothe or distract yourself. This category includes habits and behaviors associated with, but not limited to food, movement, sleep, sex, and other similar behaviors.
Happy New Year, readers! Thank you for joining me as we begin this new chapter. I’m glad you’re here. The New Year can be both exciting and daunting. It can feel like a fresh start and an opportunity for growth and change. But, at the same time, there can also be immense pressure to set resolutions to “better ourselves” and make significant changes to our lives. I find the problem with resolutions is that we set goals that are short-term or incredibly hard to achieve. We feel that this change needs to happen immediately for us to succeed and be happy. In reality, the changes and growth we seek cannot happen overnight, and they’re certainly not something that is “one and done” within the first month of the New Year- this should be something we continuously work on year-round! So, today I want to talk about shifting our mindset from resolution to evolution so that you can make lasting, lifelong, and worthwhile changes in different aspects of your life to be the best version of yourself 365 days of the year.
Courage is a practice. In therapy, I bear witness to this daily - people using their voices to find and connect to their truth. This is to all the ones engaged intentionally in their healing. Your active participation in your healing journey is a courageous act of truth-telling. Your voice doesn’t have to be loud. Sometimes it starts as a whisper. A single step. It evolves, transforms, and grows bigger over time. Till, it takes more space in your life; showing up in more areas as you grow and return to what feels natural to you.
Your trauma-based fears and worries are justified. Recent events such as the mass shooting in Buffalo, NY on May 14, 2022, remind us of this fact. And it wasn’t that long ago that many other racially motivated killings and crimes have occurred consistently, such as George Floyd’s and Breonna Taylor’s murders two years ago, among many others. Racism and racially motivated violence creates an added layer of threat, and the world feels that much more unsafe when you belong to the community or group that’s being targeted.