“Almost everything will work if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” Anne Lamott

Let’s face it…with everything that has been going on in the last two years, we all need a pause button. Surviving the challenges from a pandemic is no easy feat. If anything, it has brought to light that it is totally normal to feel overwhelmed, hopeless, anxious, and even disappointed. Being physically apart from others has made us as humans grow closer mentally and emotionally. This new perspective and wisdom gained from this experience causes a moment of reflection, so we don’t miss the impact this has made on us all personally and globally, and so that we may bring ourselves forward. It’s more important now than ever before to reset, reflect, and recharge.

What do you want to prioritize in your life moving forward? Is it saying no to things that aren’t important or progressing you? Is it taking the time to put boundaries in place? Putting a few things into action will ignite a momentum going into the new year and create crucial space for you to breathe and reset. Resetting does not have to mean starting from scratch, it can simply be a re-look, a re-evaluation of what you have and what you’re currently focusing on.

To Reset:

  • Declutter by practicing mindfulness, cleaning out technology or household items.
  • Get rid of anything that is not adding value.
  • Slow down and be intentional about eliminating noise, clutter, and toxicity around you. Sometimes, it’s a thing; and other times it can be a person.
  • Add 15 minutes in your day to prioritize and review your daily agenda.
  • Plan a morning routine.
  • Do things you have been putting off. Make those doctor’s appointments, clean those cabinets – get it done!

Resetting is as much a state of mind as it is tidying up the space around you. Once you see everything from a fresh slate, you’ll be in the perfect place to reflect. You’ll be able to notice if those you are spending time with are adding positive energy to your life and leading you in the right direction, or if there is something or someone holding you back. When looking at your reset agenda, would you be able to say you’re set up for success? Reflect on yourself, but also reflect on your intentions.

To Reflect: –

  • Take time to write down the blessings around you and people you are thankful for. Let them know how much you appreciate them.
  • Write down how you’ve grown this past year, and what areas you would like to grow in this upcoming year.
  • Think of one major accomplishment and one challenge, and how both impacted you.

Reflection highlights our past achievements, emotions and journeys and brings them into our future selves. We learn from our mistakes in order to grow today and be better tomorrow. After your reflection, the next step is to recharge.

To Recharge:

  • Be kind to yourself – go get a massage, go on a hike, or read your favorite book.
  • Make a place in your home that is a sanctuary.
  • Do one thing you are passionate about.
  • Say daily affirmations. Affirmations help you overcome negative thoughts and produce positive changes. Your mindset dictates your happiness, so protect it with your words that you feed it. The most important thing is to write down and say affirmations that resonate with you. Start with two and say them out loud every day: I am productive. I am confident. I am positive. I am doing my best. I use my time wisely.

In the words of Oprah Winfrey, “Be thankful for what you have; You’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.” Your heart will only grow in gratitude for the gifts you’ve been given when you stop for a moment and reflect. We must recharge ourselves in order to make a change.

My goal in life is to add value to others and to put wisdom into action. I hope you can find just one small way to reset, reflect and recharge to start this next year strong.

By Bernadette Leonard

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