Setting intentions for the year to come doesn't have to be some big event—or it can be if you want. Your ceremony can be as simple or involved as you wish. The point, however, is that you don't get lost in the month of celebrations and find yourself starting the next year feeling behind.
Take the time this year to make the transition into the New Year as intentional and easy as possible.
Here is a practice we like to do to get into the state for setting super kind and helpful intentions. Take what you like, leave the rest.
Here we are, two months away from 2019. For most of us, these next 61 days are full on. So if you don't want to be launching into the next year trying to recover from the last, here's a couple tips on how to move well through the next five-dozen days.
BE COMMANDER AND CHIEF OF YOUR SELF-CARE SQUAD
Actually, you don't need to go to every single party you're invited to. You don' t have to make the entire Thanksgiving feast, from scratch, by yourself.
Say no. Ask for help. Be especially mindful about where you commit your energy. A good plan is to have a physical calendar in front of your face and write down what you've committed yourself to doing. If every square is filled and you're feeling a bit overwrought, maybe it's time to dial it back.
UP YOUR MEDITATION GAME
Five minutes a day'll do. Pausing, just for a moment, to gift yourself with silence will keep your center well into your days. And, as the saying goes, if you don't think you have 5 minutes, do 10.
GRATITUDE FOR THE WIN
Nothing will shift your energy like bathing in a bit of gratitude. Just look around, we live in paradise after all.
RETURN TO THE MAT
Yoga has all the above bases covered—self-care, meditation, gratitude. Don't let your mat get dusty, especially not this month.
Let's make this festive season full of love and play, not stress and obligation. It starts now. Your January 2019 self will thank you.
The Yoga Nest is a yoga studio in Kailua Kona, HI that offers vinyasa, power, yin, restorative, and meditation classes. We also host yoga-related workshops, events and more!