I’m not a fan of New Year resolutions because they don’t usually last when we only pay attention to changes once a year. When we wait all year before we listen to what our bodies need, it’s likely well past desperation. We need to do the work for ourselves, on ourselves, all year round.

By Sandy Kruse

Let’s break down the word “rejuvenate,” which is a word I love much more than “resolution.”

REJUVENATE: “Give new energy or vigour to; revitalize.” We can rejuvenate anytime we feel stuck, whereas resolutions typically happen once a year in the new year.

All of us get into a rut or feel stuck from time to time, whether it’s stuck with our path in life, how we feel about our jobs, eating habits, health, or lifestyle.

Here is my own recent story.

In October, I felt stuck. I felt this odd feeling like I wasn’t aligned with something in my career. And it isn’t typical for me to feel this way. So why was this happening to me?

Many of us go through life like this —we get stuck and stay stuck. We don’t feel good with our food, yet we keep eating poorly, and our health deteriorates. Our bodies speak to us through symptoms that we are not well. Our relationships might suffer. Things begin to fall apart. But, often, we ignore them and keep trudging along.

As a holistic nutritionist, I’m grateful that I have been trained to realize that it’s not just about the food. It’s not just about the exercise. A “wholistic” approach is about so much more.

I will share with you what I did to become unstuck and rejuvenized.

I muted those on social media that didn’t inspire me and fueled my feeling of misalignment.

I became quieter. When we are constantly doing, acting, speaking, we can’t always hear the messages we are meant to receive. Meditation is a great way to listen to these messages. So are simple walks in nature, without headphones on.

I decluttered my space. I’m a true believer in Feng Shui practices —to make space for newness, we need to clear the clutter. This is a way to feel more inspired as we bring in clear and clean energy and organize our lives. There is absolute truth to “a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind.”

I found new members of my tribe who inspired me.

I felt my feelings. How does one do this when they’re not typically emotional (I may be sensitive, but not overly emotional)? I will listen to music that forces me to shake things up —sing, dance, and even cry. Music has this way of moving through us, and I believe it to be a fabulous way to move energy and rejuvenate. A toast to you this year as you venture into the new year with a plan to rejuvenate all year round, as you see fit, as you need it.

SANDY KRUSE of Sandy K Nutrition is a registered holistic nutritionist and podcaster who works primarily with women over 40. Sandy shows them through customized, balanced programs she constructs that you can age gracefully, healthfully, and beautifully.

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