Make a Fresh Start in 2018!


by Jennifer E. Closshey, PhD

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published for people in all walks of life. While the content may not be new to those in the healing professions, it’s a good reminder, and worth a read.

The end of the year is a natural time for reflection, recognizing that a new year is about to begin as this year ends. Reflection can be a doorway to wisdom and insights. It’s a springboard of hope to something bigger and better. Let’s get ready for a great year with these helpful tips.


1. Rest for the Mind

The hectic holidays may have left us feeling frazzled, tired, even exhausted, especially if 2017 was a busy year. Sleep alone is not enough to restore us from that fatigue. The brain needs rest and recovery just as the body needs to rest following a strenuous workout. More than 83% Americans report spending no time during the day relaxing or in creative thinking.

Research shows time off from the constant streams of information and conversation coming from all directions result in greater happiness and healthier bodies. If the brain does not have a chance to just chill, your mood, performance and wellness suffer greatly. Let your mind wander or daydream.

Too much work, over-scheduling and constant go, go, go, bring mental confusion, forgetfulness and frustration. A 10-minute power nap really does wonders, as does a 10-minute time-out for simple meditation. Don’t know how to meditate? Just sit still for 10 minutes and listen to your breathing, or your own heart beating, as a start. Your lungs and heart work 24 hours a day, just for you. Honour them by paying some attention to yourself!


2. Trust Your Inner Wisdom System

Deep inside each of us, we have a sense of right and wrong, of what is good for us, and what is not. Listen to that inner voice more. It can keep you out of trouble. Don’t overdo it with your exercise program. And don’t neglect it either. Our inner voice reminds us to find that happy medium. It works the same on watching our weight. Don’t eat too much, or diet in the extreme. Moderation works best.

Use your wisdom system on making choices about what you feed yourself on a more general scale. Relationships, activities, information. Who we associate with and our information sources are as important as the food we eat. Make good choices to feed your inner self. Better choices make us more tolerant to the rapid changes going on in the world around us, and with others. Tolerance brings greater peace, joy and happiness.


3. Get a Game Plan Together

Focus on your strengths, identify your stumbling blocks and put together a game plan just for you, not based on others’ opinions or expectations. End-of-year reflection brings clarity about the past, the current situation and thus the road ahead. Think broadly about your life. Personal relationships and interactions, wellness lifestyle choices, business dealings, career and financial matters are all important. Put them into balance. Make each aspect a part of your total plan. What good is making money if we neglect our health or our family? Likewise, what good are we to our family if we cannot provide for everyone’s wellbeing?

Have the courage to trust yourself! As you own your abilities, they grow and improve. Our creative energy flows best when we trust our inner voice. Better answers and solutions spring forth to life’s questions and problems, including our wellness and health. Accept and receive your own good works. Self-acceptance can be a beneficial tool toward inner peace and harmony.

Write out what you want and simple steps to get to each goal. Check in on these goals and action plan periodically just to stay on point. Use this list as your compass for making decisions and your daily schedule.


4. Think Staying Power in 2018!

Be present every day in 2018. Slow down and smell the roses, embracing every moment in the now. Force and aggression disrupt the inner peace and break creativity. Negative feelings impede the benefits of healthy exercise and good food.

Relax and cooperate with others and the world around you to make the most of your good choices. A great workout followed by relaxing meditation make the workout even more beneficial to your body. I enjoy a cup of herbal tea after a workout, just to reward myself for taking time just for me.

Make 2018 a time of greater success by paying attention to the small details of your life. Wipe the slate clean and give yourself a fresh start.


Jennifer Closshey, PhD (integrative health), is internationally known as an educator and business professional with over 20 year’s experience in Ayurveda and yoga therapy. She is a certified Chopra Center instructor, master Ayurveda educator, CEHP, TRE, and Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 with a private practice in Florida. Jennifer is an ACEP member, and will be offering a Learning Lab at the 20th International Energy Psychology Conference, May 3-7, 2018.


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