In rolls January with its blustery cold days, too-tight work pants, perpetual hangover and the fine scent of ambition. This is the time of year when if you're not feeling groggy and gross from the last month, you're super stoked about another shiny new year and you can't wait to create a new you to boot.
With a new year, many of us set some pretty lofty resolutions. We resolve to fall in love (at least according to Notable), to advance our career, spend more time with loved ones, and for many Canadians (apparently), we resolve to get fit. We toss out the chocolates and the rum in favour of juice cleanses and salads. THIS is the year we're going to stop feeding ourselves crap.
Except... we don't.
While our physical diet may finally be on point this year, I invite you to take a look at what you're feeding yourself- mentally.
We are the stories we see, the stories we hear, and the stories we tell ourselves.
Stories we see
What kind of information are you feeding your brain during "Free time"? Is it a plethora of crime cases? Are you keeping up with the Kardashians? While there is absolutely nothing wrong with entertainment, a sense of mindfulness is needed in consuming said entertainment. Over time, our brain may start to think what we see is reality. What we spend our time doing drives our conversations, our interests, and the people we hang with. Domino effect.
Stories we hear
Do you have a Negative Nancy in your life? My personal opinion on criticism is simply this- aint nobody got time (at least not in your immediate friend circle). Believe it or not, there are people who don't want you to change. They like you just the way they met you. Whether it's due to deeply rooted envy, insecurities or something else, don't blame them- it's something they need to work through themselves. As for you, remember that we are the stories we hear. Thus it's a no brainer to constantly work to surround ourselves with people who are supportive and who lift us higher. (Note: higher as in spiritual higher, not higher up the proverbial ladder.)
Stories we tell ourselves
If you don't want to stop your reality TV binges and you still want to keep your frenemy in your life- fine. If there's anything to take away from this post, it's this:
Listen to what you tell yourself.
We all tell ourselves something. When we mess up a big presentation- what are our thoughts? When we get our bike stolen- what are our thoughts? When we score a date with our latest crush- what are our thoughts? The stories we tell ourselves shape our outlook on our ability and our lives.
How does one begin to listen in? Easy.
Yoga, Meditation, and Reflection.