Why think of New Years Resolutions two days before June? Why not?
January 1st is not only the beginning of the New Year, it is also the beginning of the darkest days of winter. Every
year on this date, people make promises to themselves to exercise more, eat healthy and improve their over all well being,
at what I believe is the worst possible time to make these changes. Lets face it by January 1st, we are still recovering from the food coma brought on by holiday feasting. It is now, when the days are shortest and the deepest cold is creeping into our bones that we decide to make our wellness changes.
What follows is simply my observations (be it humor or wisdom, you decide) of the usual New Years Resolution. During our annual holiday celebrations, while feasting and possibly drinking, we somehow come up with the grand idea that we are going to do _______, ________, and ________ in the new year to improve our lives, which is fantastic that we are doing introspection to improve ourselves. Did I mention this is likely the worst time to try to start making changes? To highlight this point, count on your fingers how many resolutions lasted past May? I am betting that you can use the right hand to count the total on your left, without having to switch hands or take off your shoes, otherwise we would not be making the same resolutions every year.
So, here's my thought, lets make June 1st our wellness "New Year", after all it only makes sense. Traditionally New Years aside from marking the beginning of the new calendar year also marks the beginning of winter, short days, long nights and colder temperatures, all working against us as our bodies just want to huddle under a thick blanket. Unfortunately our bodies also naturally crave heavier, fattier foods at this time of year, foods that help us to stay warm.
Rather than fight a losing battle in winter, welcome Spring, allow natures rebirth be yours as well. The days are longer and warmer making it easier to be more active and we naturally tend to eat lighter foods, I think this is the best time to really focus on the changes you want to make. Rather than fighting your bodies and natures natural rhythm, work with it, by the time January rolls around you will already be firmly on track and better able to face the dark days of winter and fend off the holiday bulge.
I do not believe I have the answer for everyone, I am, like you, walking my own path as best I can, all I can hope is that I may in some small way help another along theirs.