I think I’ve finally kicked the habit. For many years I’ve been placing an enormous amount of pressure on myself to begin each new year soaring…achieving, pushing, working and striving to make it all happen and make it happen NOW.
And I can safely say, it never works. All that happens is I end up with lots of neck and shoulder tension and this annoying itchy eye condition that I’d rather not experience.
What is it about January that makes me feel this way?
Being quite fascinated with numerology, I guess it has something to do with the energy of the number 1.
‘One’ energy resonates with achievement, singular focus, new beginnings, creativity and confidence. It reflects the masculine traits of action, ego and individual success. Aha, my urge to get working suddenly makes sense.
The contrast to this ‘1’ energy is that January is summer holiday time for us here in Australia. The necessities of entertaining children, taking a break from routine and actually enjoying our glorious summer weather means not a lot of “real work” gets done.
This is the first year since our children started school that I’ve been able to let go of the need to “chop chop”, be productive, get on with the business of the year and simply embrace the reality that yes, I can do a little bit of work here and there, but primarily, January is a holiday month for our family and I might as well enjoy it.
Staying with the numerology theme, this is a universal year 9 which means it’s the final year in a global nine year cycle. A year 9 is a good time to complete projects, begin and end relationships, start new businesses and jobs, move house and reflect upon how far you’ve come over the past eight years.
Nine energy is also about taking action on humanitarian fronts, looking after and being responsive to others and creating a vision or set of ideals about how we would like our lives to progress as we begin a new cycle later this year. It’s also a great time to cleanse, release and de-clutter in all life areas.
So, now that the new year has begun, how do we create a balance of forward momentum and relaxed living?
Here are my top 5 ways you can begin the new year feeling more relaxed (and still get stuff done):
- Take the pressure off – we have a whole 12 months ahead of us, think of January as your launching place and use it to set intentions and goals for the coming year. No need to get it all done this month.
- Honour your intuition – I’ve learned to respond to my intuitive urges each day and do what feels good. When I’m aware that there’s something I need to do such as making a phone call, paying a bill or going to the shops, I wait until the timing feels right and I flow with that energy. This approach always serves me better than forcing myself to tackle a job when it’s feeling like a burden or an effort.
- Set up good self-care rituals – the start of a year is a wonderful time to release old habits and begin new and ones. I had a massage on Christmas Eve which I really enjoyed so I booked another for this week and I’m really looking forward to it. This year I’m committed to looking after my own well-being even better than I did last year.
- Embrace the value of blank space – we all need time away from our achievement-focused selves. Despite having strong desires for my personal life, business, relationships and family for this year, I can drop it all in the moment of diving into the ocean, walking in the bush or reading a novel. Seek out some blank space moments and enjoy them.
- Acknowledge how far you’ve come – we’re all completing a nine year cycle of existence this year so create a spirit of celebration around all the progress and positive changes you’ve made in your life over this period. It’s been an amazing time for you, I know it has. Take a breath at the summit and enjoy the view.
May this January deliver a gentle start to the year for you and I. Go softly and listen within for your path forward and it will be SO.
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Much love to you, Tricia