Three Things to Start the New Year

January 4, 2018

Happy 2018, blog fam!

We've officially made it to the new year- through all the holiday stress, planning and partying- so TAKE A BREATH. (And have a taco or two!)

Most people are rushing off to start working on their resolutions; hitting the gym, starting a diet, cleaning out the closet, blah blah blah. It's so awesome to be given a fresh start and set some serious #girlboss goals, but don't forget to give yourself proper down time after all the busyness of the holiday season. If you hit your goals too hard too quick, you're more prone to burnout.

Burnout, by its very definition, is physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. We've all had this feeling in some way, unfortunately, but how can this be avoided if you've got goals on goals, PLUS all your other responsibilities? I just want to kick 2018 in the butt, dangit!

For my first blog post of the year, I give you (*drumroll*) three things to start the new year: how to avoid total burnout.

I find this piece of truth to be MOST important when I'm stressed out. Whether you take a full weekend to yourself to relax and recharge, or if you only have 10-15 minutes each day to do something quick, JUST. DO. IT. Never tell yourself that you "don't have the time." Spare ten minutes to throw on a cleansing face mask when you get home from work. Watch one episode of your current favorite show on Netflix. Make a Target run. Go try a new class at the gym. Treat yourself to a donut. Just do something for YOU each day that allows you to put a bookmark in life for a second and find your happy place. It makes for a gentle reminder that you're going to be okay.

This one is necessary, yet still something I struggle with from time to time. It's okay to say NO. If you're tired from a long day or you are feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list, you can say no to going out with friends. If you are drowning in projects at work, it's okay to say no to taking on one more thing. (In a professional way, of course. Ask for help!) It's okay to say no to the world when you need a mental health day. And the whole "no regrets" part? Don't let ANYONE shame you for saying no. Especially when you are saying no to protect your own health and sanity.

When we're stressed to the max, we're not ourselves, and that is the downright truth. If you're anything like me, when you start to feel the pressure, you push people away. But the irony is that when I've reached my breaking point, the people who are there for me and make me feel better are the same people I pushed away. By holding on to the ones who make us happy first, we won't have to feel that breaking point because they will be there to comfort us, pick us up when we're down and hold us right back. That kind of love is a blessing, so don't let go.

Will these three things completely rid you of burnout? Of course not. Burning out is inevitable from time to time, but these three things will help you to not feel the heavy weight of stress on your back as often. You will feel more inspired and motivated to reach your goals throughout the year when you listen to what your body needs. And when the pressure is on, these ideas can help you to recenter.

Make time for yourself. Say no. And hold on tight. 2018 is taking off!

Ride the wave,

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