My favorite time of the year is the end of December. A new year is coming, which just makes me think of starting with a clean slate. However, I totally understand that the end of the year can feel more daunting to others. It can start to feel instead like things are piling up, and everything is moving too fast. All of this is a terrible concoction for anxiety.
There is suddenly so much pressure to not only end 2018 on the right foot, but to also start 2019 embracing all kinds of newness you might not be ready for. This time of year can put a lot of pressure on some of us. Whatever you do, don’t panic!
Here’s how to keep your anxiety in check when you feel the pressure of the new year.
When I say reflect, I don’t mean think about all of the things that went wrong and then beat yourself up about it. Reflecting is simply to look back at achievements and lessons learned. It’s best to do this on paper, or even just jot some notes in an app. Think about all of the strides you’ve made this year, and take the time to ask yourself how certain things made you feel this year. What have you learned about yourself thus far?
Reflecting can be an emotional thing, but it will also help you set future goals. It’s also a great way to look at some highs and lows of the year.
If you’re a planner like me, and you can’t help but get anxiety over thinking of all the possibilities that 2019 can hold, then take some time to plan for the month or two ahead of you. How do you want to start off the new year? Forget all of the ‘new year, new me’ fever going around, and focus solely on the next couple of months.
Think of your biggest goals, and cut them down to smaller, more achievable steps that you can take to slowly make your ways to reach those goals. After all, you have a whole year ahead of you.
If you start to think about the year ahead rather than simply just a week or so ahead, then you are setting yourself up for some serious anxiety. Of course, anyone would freak out if they sat and thought about the next year or so of their lives.
Don’t forget to live in the moment. It’s nice to prepare for the future, but you can’t deny the present either. Take things slow, and at a pace that you’re more comfortable with.
Stay or Become Grateful
OK, I know, we’re all full of gratitude, but have you actually written down what you’re grateful for? A great way to start the new year is by simply noting your gratitude. Every morning, take a few minutes while you warm up with your coffee to write down five things that you’re grateful for. It can be simple.
Consciously acknowledging all of the little things that you are grateful for will make you feel so optimistic, and will also give you a great new perspective. Your mindset will change, and open your eyes to all of the great possibilities that life has in store for you.
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