Of course, this is always the new year buzz, especially coming out of a year like 2020; chances are more bad habits have been made. Many of us got into new cycles that we’d like to break, change, or amend. Wine-to-wind-down more often than usual? Check. Netflix on the couch more often than not? Yep, that too.
The idea of resolutions can bring mixed feelings. How do you feel about it? Does the idea of a reset make you excited and motivated, or stressed and, frankly, angry?
It means something different to everyone.
Some of the top New Years Resolutions for 2021 are: Find Love, Get a New Job, Get out of Debt, Travel More (this one shouldn’t be too hard once Covid is over!), Lose Weight.
Don’t those seem pretty DAUNTING!? It’s great to have big goals, but sometimes the more significant the plan, the more you just want to throw in the towel before you get started. According to Inc.com, “Approximately 80 percent of people who make New Year's resolutions have dropped them by the second week of February.” I think we’ve all been there!
What if we focused on small increments, something we could do every day to tackle or resolutions?
How do we do this?
According to Shoshanna Hecht, a licensed clinical therapist and New York-based executive and personal coach, “New Year’s resolutions can be just wishful thinking unless you actually come up with a plan to reach a specific goal and you break it down into measurable, realistic tasks.”
So maybe “Find Love” really becomes “Ask five friends to set me up on a date.” The resolution to “Lose Weight” becomes “Walk 20 minutes a day and no sugar”. Small attainable daily goals are less stress-inducing and MUCH easier to stick to.
It’s also important to shake things up. Chances are you have tried to change your ways in the past year, and you just didn’t call them “resolutions,” right? How do we make it different and more achievable this time around?
Maybe it’s time to try something new and different. And that doesn’t have to be drastic. Ease into the new year with small changes. I have a new plan.
First and foremost, get yourself into a mentally ready space. Reduce your anxiety. Get plenty of sleep. Get your mental state as healthy as possible. I think you will be amazed at how things will fall into place more easily. When you are mentally fit, it’s so much easier to conquer changes in your love life, financial life, or health journey.
In my journey, I found that bringing CBD into my life impacted me on so many levels. I’ve shared how CBD helped me to manage my anxiety, which was life-changing for me. My better sleep, mental health, and overall happiness changed once I incorporated CBD into my life. Now, I look at the goal I set for myself with energy and vigor, instead of exhaustion.
So much of our happiness comes from one of our basic needs. SLEEP. Adults need 7-9 hours to be at their high functioning best. Most adults fall far short of that.
Sleep comes from relaxation, and it helps us repair ourselves, burn calories, be clear-minded and driven for the next day, and have the energy needed to achieve our goals.
Although known as a powerful anti-inflammatory, CBD can also be used for sleep ailments. According to Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School, “CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.”
For me, an Aqueous CBD Bath Booster infused with Lavender and Rose essential oils is the perfect way to wind down at night. During the day, Aqueous CBD Gummies help me to keep my anxiety levels in check. CBD has helped to “take the edge off” and allow me to focus on bigger things than my anxiety.
If you are new to the world of CBD, don’t be scared of it. CBD is a component of marijuana but by itself does not cause a high. According to a World Health Organization report, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” As of 2018, all 50 states have officially legalized the use of hemp-based CBD products.
So, if your fresh start at the beginning of the year is instead giving you new anxiety - and exhaustion - try just one little thing first. Give CBD a try.
Ok, stop right now and check-in with yourself.
How are you feeling? I mean REALLY feeling?
Chances are you have been living with a low hum (sometimes high hum) of STRESS.
This is an unprecedented time for all of us. We are all affected on so many levels. Have you been pushing away your stress and soldiering on in this NEW NORMAL?
There are many ways that long-term stress can have an effect on you if you don’t take it head on and help your body, mind, and spirit deal with it. It may induce or exacerbate depression and anxiety-related disorders, as well as digestive and sleep problems.