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"In the universe the difficult things are done as if they are easy.
Happy 2019! We are already a whole week into the New Year! This first week of January is rife with New Year's resolutions to go to the gym everyday, never eat sugar again, and always keep the house clean and an upbeat attitude. But, seriously, those drastic resolutions, although I'm sure are coming from a place of true desire, are sometimes just too much. They might last a few weeks, maybe even a couple of months, but then we all fall off the wagon and back into the patterns we were intending to change by making those resolutions in the first place.
Life works a little differently. Small, easily manageable changes are much more successful than sweeping resolutions. Now, I'm just going to admit right at the beginning that I am no expert on making changes in life. But, I've been learning, through my practice and my own life, that little things make a big difference - and that taking care of yourself is crucial to your well-being and improves not only your own life, but those closest to you.
Self-care can take many different forms. Sometimes it does look like going to the gym every day and starting a new healthy diet, but other times it looks like more manageable little things you can commit to doing on a regular basis.
Here are 7 Self-Care Ideas to Integrate into Your Life this Year!
I see amazing improvements in my patients' health when they tweak just one small thing in their eating habits, or add one stress management activity into their day, or switch one small thing in their bedtime routine. It's the small things that add up to a manageable change in the body, the mind, and ultimately the qi. Then I get to observe that internal change in the pulse and tongue. These improvements are what give me such excitement every time I see a patient. Use what you can from this list, and see if one small manageable change can impact the way you FEEL for the better.
I'd love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments if you try any of these ideas! All the best wishes for a happy and healthy and manageable 2019!
Ashlie Martin is an acupuncturist and lover of nature - and loves connecting the patterns of nature and theories of Traditional East Asian Medicine.
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