Kiss Your New Year’s Resolutions Goodbye!

Each year in December I hear the New Year’s Resolution buzz; in the media, on Facebook and even standing in line at Jimbo’s (our local health food store). If you’ve already given up on your resolution I want to liberate you from feeling like you have failed. There’s a very powerful and natural reason many resolutions don’t work and I’m here to tell you…it’s not you!


Bursting forth with vigor and birthing new cycles goes against our natural rhythms for this time of year. Welcome to Winter!  This is a time to slow down and nurture our energy inward. It’s a time to rejuvenate, nourish and replenish.


Doesn’t it make more sense for the new year to begin during a time for sprouting, blossoming and change? Doesn’t it make sense that we would mark the start of a new cycle at the Spring Equinox?  In fact, many cultures do mark the new year on the first day of spring. The Vernal Equinox (falling between March 19 and 21) is marked by the day and night being nearly identical in length due to the earth’s position which makes more sense in terms of what the body needs for cleansing, embarking on new adventures and putting oneself out there.


So why then would we mark the new year when the days are colder and nights are longer? It seems counterintuitive. Why do we bring forth the new year on the first of January? You can blame it on the Romans. At one time there were only 10 months in the year that corresponded to the lunar calendar and the new year did in fact begin in March (The Roman Calendar). Fast forward to 700 BCE and the Gregorian calendar was born and birthed two new months; January and February.


History lesson over. However, this does shed light on why the new year no longer aligns with the most optimal season.


Now that you know why resolutions don’t work, let’s focus on what you can do to embrace winter and nourish the seeds that you want to give birth to in the spring. Winter is a time to nurture your inner and outer body. Here is a list of things you can do this season:


    • Focus on stillness
    • Let go of processed foods, sugar and bad oils
    • Take kinder, gentler steps with yourself
    • Be loving and supportive with yourself
    • SLEEP MORE! (Yes, I give you full permission)
    • Breathing (practice nadi shodhana if you feel agitated or aggravated)
    • Take mineral baths
    • Practice self massage (I like to use coconut oil)
    • Eat foods easy to digest, warming foods (soups, stocks, broths & yogi tea)
    • Try restorative classes (not a new, vigorous regimen)
    • Envision what you want to birth and bring forth this spring
    • Nourish your reserves (eat good fats to support your organs, security and self)


Now, if you’ve overdone it over the holidays and you want to clean up your diet, that’s fine. Do it mindfully and remember to be kind and gentle with yourself. However, detoxes, diets and even cleanses are not a good idea this time of year and should be done in the Spring.  How well you care for yourself in this season will determine your health and balance in the next and if you deplete your reserves during the winter you won’t have what you need to build and grow in the spring.


At the beginning of this month I hosted a free webinar on this very topic. If you want a more in depth discussion about New Year’s resolutions, click here (the magic starts at 3min30sec):


Leave me a comment and let me know what you are going to do to nurture yourself this winter.


In Love – Ahlea