There can be so much pressure this time of year as we make those resolutions and goals in an effort to improve our lives. This can be a worthy effort, as long as it is uplifting instead of anxiety-provoking. I know what we can add to make this an uplifting process—relaxation!
I’m not just talking about the usual relaxation activities such as vacations, massages and movies. These are all good ways to relax, but I am thinking about relaxation techniques that can soothe our minds, bodies and souls so we can feel more at ease as we take on tasks and challenges. Here is an exercise that will help you relax into the New Year:
To begin, settle into a comfortable position. Simply imagine you are someplace peaceful and safe, and your body begins to relax and unwind. You feel warm and comfortable inside despite the fact that the outside air is cold. The trees have lost their leaves and are resting for the winter.
Imagine yourself nestled in front of a warm, cozy fireplace. Watch the flames flicker and flash yellow and orange. The golden glow of the fire relaxes you much further as you enjoy the comforting warmth.
As you enjoy these precious moments of relaxation, wonderful memories from this past year flow into your mind. There were many times of joy and laughter, and you feel gratitude wash over you as you remember them.
It was a good year.
You have grown and changed in positive ways. You have gained some wisdom this year. You know yourself better, becoming more aware of your talents and gifts.
The New Year will bring a new beginning. This is an opportunity to consider all the things you wish to achieve. When you focus on what you want and set your intentions, you can accomplish great things!
So begin to envision all of the wonderful things you wish to happen this year. Perhaps you want to enhance your skills or learn something new. Maybe you plan to volunteer because you enjoy helping others.
Whatever you choose to do this coming year will be a rewarding endeavor. Remember to have confidence in yourself and in your ability to realize your dreams. By letting your heart and your mind work together, you can create a beautiful year filled with joy, love, and fun adventures!
Now take a deep breath and imagine yourself toward the end of the year achieving all these wonderful things you have been pondering. It feels fantastic!
Envision yourself succeeding in a way that is meaningful for you, and let that image resonate deep within you.
Feel happiness and tranquility fill your mind, body, and spirit, giving you a sense of true bliss.
When you are ready, treat yourself to a good long stretch…
May the New Year bring you joy and dreams fulfilled!