Saturday, January 15, 2022

Why Choose a Word for the Year?

tips to select a word for the year

Selecting a word of the year can help us consciously and subconsciously set the tone to create more of what we want and less of what we don’t want in our daily lives. 

I notice when I take time to reflect about the progress I've made in the previous year, what is currently working well, and things I want to explore in the New Year, inner guidance helps me identify aspects of my being that need attention.

Then I ask myself these questions: 

What word resonates with me? What word makes me feel excited, supported, and motivated to update or change something about me that no longer serve me well? 

I say each word I come up with aloud, and try it on without over-analyzing it. 

Then I ask myself... Are you just interested in considering this word to be your mantra or committed to doing whatever it takes to draw more of it into your life?

I put those words I feel passionate about on a short list. 

Then I trust my gut/intuition to pick one or sometimes two words to help me prosper in the coming months. 

If you don’t have your word of the year yet, try to think of a word that most closely symbolizes what you absolutely yearn to increase or dismiss this year. 

Ta-da. Now on to my word for the Year and the ways I want to use it!


tips to select a word for the year

CON-NECT (verb):  to bring together or into contact so that a real link is established.

I intend to use "connect" as my theme for this year, as I follow my heart and focus on the people, places, and things that are important to me. I'll intone this word as I do.  

Connect to the present moment

Connect to the Source

Connect to mind, body, and spirit to improve well-being

Connect to reducing carbon footprint

Connect to friends and family

Connect to those I have yet to meet

Connect to possibilities

Connect to new interests

Connect to new insights

Connect to lovingkindness

Connect to gratitude

Connect to creativity and imagination

Connect to a flexible mindset

Connect to and work for world sustainability

Connect to giving back

Connect to patience and love

Connect to peace and serenity

Connect to stillness

Connect to joy

Tips and ideas for creating fun and joy

Connect to colors πŸ’œπŸ’—πŸ’Ÿ

No matter what word you pick now, if it's not useful to you down the line, you're free to choose another. 

Have you chosen a word for the year and what is it? Please share in the comments section below.

How is your word working for you so far this year or why did you pick it?

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Have you chosen a word for the year in the past? Please share about that as well.

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Saturday, January 1, 2022

Ways to Supercharge Self-care in the New Year

 Self-care Ideas and Tips

This post illustrates powerful self-care ideas to help us reflect, reset, and revitalize our mindset to supercharge self-care in the New Year.

Ways to Supercharge Self-care in the New Year

Reflect about What is Working Well

January is a good time to focus on positive energy and notice what is working well in our lives. Whenever we pause to appreciate our progress and/or success in achieving our goals, we feel increased life satisfaction. 

self-care tip to use journal writing

Plan to start one small, manageable project or goal each day. Do it first thing, because dealing with our priorities reduces stress, fuels enthusiasm, increases productivity, and puts our attention on things that make the most difference to our sense of well-being.

Success encourages more success, and it's simple to use the law of attraction to draw more of what we want into our lives. Envision what we desire now, and manifest it by being persistent with the footwork and consistent with self-care.  

Self-care and the Law of Attraction

Clear Home Environment of Toxins

Take 10 minutes a day to weed out those household items that aren’t useful, beautiful, healthy, or meaningful to us. As we gradually make our abode more comfortable and functional, our living space becomes more of a sanctuary/retreat from the outside world. 

Choose to use eco-friendly soap, detergent, and shampoo instead of harsher chemical ones. Prevent skin irritations and don't harm skin, body, air, and planet by selecting cleaning products that are biodegradable and have minimal packaging. They are safer for the environment, and avoids pouring toxic chemicals down the drain or dumping containers they came in into a landfill. Read Frugal Ways to Live Greener and Healthier at Home for additional tips.

Green Tips for Healthy Living

Just as we revitalize living space by donating and recycle those things that are cluttering our home, we can let go of those thoughts, ideas, and behaviors we have outgrown. Look below for ways to do that.

Reframe Ideas about Who We Are

Question old thinking patterns, and adopt a kinder, more tender, supportive attitude toward ourselves. Read 9 Practices to Help You See You are Enough for additional ideas.

Self-love encourages us to have confidence to change aspects of our makeup that no longer serve us well.

Instead of telling ourselves we will never improve our skills in a particular area, we can coax ourselves to take a class in computer programming, accounting, singing, or public speaking. When we admit we don't know everything and are procrastinating for fear of making mistakes, it's easier to get help and training to learn something new.

Make a Financial Plan and Follow It

It's important to put together a financial plan or find a professional financial planner to help us make one. When we are mindful about controlling our income, expenses, and investments, we can better manage our money and achieve our life goals.

Experts advise us to set aside a portion of our income each week or month to put into a savings and/or investment account. Earmarking a small percentage of our earnings for savings and to contribute to a IRA or 401K are sound self-care practices. Read How much of your salary should you reserve each month for savings?

The first step in securing our financial future is to be intentional about the money we save, and recognize that setting this intention to delay gratification will pay off down the line.

Value Exercise, an Antidote for Unexpressed Emotions

Our feelings come alive in our bodies, not our heads. When we are physically active, pent up emotions may bubble to the surface. 

As scary as it can be, feeling our feelings is vital to self-care. Try a yoga class, tennis, a workout with weights, or even a long walk or run in nature to balance mind, emotions, and body .

Self-care Tips at Colors 4 Health

Reserve Time for People

Human beings are social animals, but each of us has slightly different social needs. As part of our wellness and time management routines, we need to build enough time into our schedule to maintain a fulfilling social life.

The greatest gift we can give to friends and family is to reach out to speak with or be with them. Even when we are swamped with work,  making time for people nurtures our spirits.

A chat with a close buddy or relative that includes active listening can lift a blue mood, bring clarity to issues we are working through, and boost joy both for the giver and receiver. πŸ’“

We are never too old to learn new tricks. This New Year I wish you many opportunities to Supercharge Self-care. πŸ’“

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Which self-care practices have you used to help reduce stress and create ease?

Which self-care practices do you want to use more often in the New Year?

Please explain in the comments section below.

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Self-care is a favorite topic I write about. After you comment below, use the search bar on this blog and enter "self-care." Discover other helpful self-care tips and ideas in posts I've written over the past five years. 

Wishing you a colorful New Year and many moments of health, peace, LOVE, and light each day!

Lead a colorful life!

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