Why Your Self-Care Can’t Wait Until the New Year

Updated: Feb 19

Every day is an opportunity to take amazing care of yourself. Why wait until January 1 when you can start to feel amazing today?

Person in seated meditation in Gyan Mudra with mama beads around right wrist
You can practice self-care today, in this very moment, with this very breath.

When was the last time your mind and body felt amazing, when your thoughts and words flowed effortlessly and you moved energetically and gracefully?

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The added stress and pressure during the holiday season from the extra things that need to get done—shop for the perfect gifts and then find time to wrap them, set goals for the New Year and then follow-through with them—make it easy to put off self-care during the busiest time of year.

My question to you: Why wait until January 1 to start taking better care of yourself?

One of my mantras for this year was “What Are You Waiting for”? Life is happening now. In this very moment, with this very breath.

Thinking that you’ll wait to be happy when you lose weight or you’ll wait to be happy when you have your dream house or you’ll wait to be happy when you retire does not offer you the health and happiness you deserve today. Your self-care can’t wait for you to pay attention to it until tomorrow. Self-care is needed now—your mind and body desperately crave it.

From the list below, choose one self-care practice that resonates with you and that you can realistically begin to do daily in these last few—and busiest—weeks of the year. Your body and mind will thank you for paying attention to them:

  • Go to bed earlier (by 10 pm).

  • Develop a consistent daily routine.

  • Journal.

  • Exercise.

  • Meditate.

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.

  • Become more gentle, kind and compassionate toward yourself.

The earlier and the more often you prioritize self-care, the better you will feel. Why wait until January 1 to feel good when you can start feeling amazing today?

I am so excited to share more about these self-care practices with you in my book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas (MSI Press, 2019), which is being released in February 2019 and is now available for pre-order on Barnes & Noble and soon-to-be available for pre-order on Amazon.

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