Let's face it. The holidays are busy for everyone. The kids are out of school, family is in town, schedules get changed or thrown out entirely, and wellness often takes a back seat. Whether you set New Year's resolutions, choose a significant word for the year, or eschew goal-setting entirely, January is the perfect time to recommit to your personal wellbeing. If it has been long enough that this feels like a foreign concept, make an appointment to treat yourself well. Do something you enjoy to shed the stress of year's end in favor of renewal and a more positive outlook on life.

For many people the holidays are more about survival than celebration. Family is more stressful than supportive, and the pain of past losses and hurts is especially poignant around special days full of traditions. If this is you, acupuncture is one thing that can help you regain your equilibrium. This Eastern medical treatment can be an important tool in your battle with anxiety, depression, grief, and stress, as can other tools for self-care, even though it is not likely to be your only tool. Especially at the beginning of a new year, taking time to take a walk, get a cup of coffee, schedule a massage, or even pick up a much-anticipated book can be a powerful way to recuperate and refill your emotional tank.

Studies say that the average New Year's resolution lasts about 10 days. Rather than taking this as an inevitable defeat or yet another failure, make a choice to be as kind to yourself as you are to other people. Instead of berating yourself for not sticking to your diet or exercising every day, resolve to treat your body with the care and respect that it, and you, deserve. Do something that you love and reconnect with yourself. Whether you choose to start your new year with snowshoes, yoga, or simply a cup of tea, prioritizing self-care will pay dividends long after the resolutions and to-do lists have started gathering dust.

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