January is the perfect time to conduct a self-assessment and reset.
To do a life reset; no need to buy anything, go on a diet, start a fitness plan, join a club, or take a class. Just tune into that quiet, mindful, and wise place within.
How to reset life right now:
Be in the moment without judgement.
If last year’s goals were not met, don’t judge. Stuck in a negative spiral of thinking around failures, or just feel stuck? Replace those thoughts with positive affirmations anytime they come up.
Have a destination.
Accept things as they are now while still wanting change. Create a vision board with where you want to be in the future, or write a future journal entry. Sometimes we think we want something because society tells us we need it, but it’s not really the thing we want, it’s the feeling we think it will give us.
Revisit goals and update the game plan.
The first thing to ask is if those goals still resonate. Don’t really feel connected to a goal anymore? It’s ok to remove a goal and stop worrying about it. Don’t be afraid to change directions!
Clear out what doesn’t work.
If something you’re trying doesn’t work, throw it away! Physical clutter creates mental clutter, so clean and clear out physical space. Now is a good time to let go of anything that’s no longer needed. Set aside a few hours to go through things and sell, donate, recycle, or throw away unneeded items. Do a deep clean of spaces that get neglected, like the fridge/freezer, car, shower, garage, or closet.
Reassess and reset daily routines.
Routines make the day go more smoothly. Look at daily activities and see if established routines enable progress towards personal daily and long-term goals.
All of these steps add up over time to create a happier self. Any goals set are worth the time and effort. Don’t be afraid to step into the unknown. Don’t be afraid to mess up sometimes. When doing a life reset, you get to be the person you want to be and redirect your priorities. Reach out to the MCCS services for assistance in achieving personal goals, from getting healthy and gaining employment, to going back to school, or starting a new hobby.
New Year’s resolutions are a great way for families to reset together. Here are a few ideas that will help families set their goals together. Best of all, they are simple, don’t cost anything, and make happier families.
New Year Message from LCDR Won, Marine & Family Programs Chaplain.
Maintaining the balance between work and family can be challenging. Strengthen bonds by being intentional about making time for family using the tips below.