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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Loving oneself for 2014

The new year is almost upon us and for me this time is always significant.  The words of a hymn we sang recently at church are similar to the feelings I have of the passing of the old year “Ring out the old; ring in the new. Ring happy bells across the snow.  The year is going,  let him go.  Ring out the false,  ring in the true. The year is going,  let him go.”
We should always be trying to be the best we can be,  but there’s something about a new year that really does feel like a fresh start. We literally say goodbye to the old year,  never to be seen again and we are given more time.  Our circumstances stay the same but inwardly we can make a change.
Last year my focus was to accept what came my way and try my best to love it. It was the best decision I made.  Although hard to do at times I felt much happier and harboured no bitterness.
For 2014 I want to put 100% into improving my health. The wheels have been in motion for a while,  but my lackadaisical attitude towards it has meant that I’ve experienced little benefits.  It’s time to start the full throttle. I want to tackle my health from all angles as I believe good health is achieved holistically.  Here’s what I’ll be doing this year,  in hopes that my health will go from strength to strength:
The Perrin Technique – every two to three weeks I see a wonderful practitioner who’s therapeutic massage drains my lymph nodes of the toxins that have built up.  She often does extra work to realign my posture and she is very knowledgeable on the right nutrition. It is the treatment at home that I will improve on.
Dairy,  wheat and sugar free diet – for the past 6 years since I have had ME I have tried both normal and free from diets and I have felt much better when restricting wheat, dairy and sugar.
Emotional Freedom Technique – I started this in October.  It’s a process of tapping acupressure points and speaking affirmations.  I have done this at least once every day since starting as I’ve found it really works to help me gain control of anxiety,  ease stress and work through any emotional problems.
Restricting social media – I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. It has allowed me to not feel so isolated despite spending SO much time at home,  unable to socialise.  Yet it isn’t real life,  it’s not genuine concern and interest into the lives of friends.  It is the highlights (or lowlights for some) that they want you to see and you see a lot more that you don’t need or want to.  It feels more like boasting and stalking than sharing experiences with friends.

2014 is for loving oneself as Charlie Chaplin says “As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself.  At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.  Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”. The new year is the time for doing,  or stopping,  anything that will help my body be at the best health it can be.

What are your goals/resolutions?

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  1. Sounds like an excellent plan. Wishing you happiness and health in 2014!

  2. Thank you, wishing the same to you too, I loved your post about resolutions. Here's hoping for a healthier 2014!

  3. A great plan for the year - here's to 2014!


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