The tradition of setting a resolution is held sacred for many who consider the new year to mark a fresh start and a clean slate. For others it can be a somewhat anxiety-inducing exercise; choosing to put an end to an unhealthy habit, deciding to pursue a lifelong passion or committing to a new routine can introduce even more uncertainty in already uncertain times.
At Bamford, we see value in the ripples of change that can come from even the smallest of actions. Ours is an ethos guided by nature; inspired by the progression of the seasons, we see that the most sustainable change consists in continuous cycles of growth – the budding of flowers and shedding of leaves – not reinventing the essence of who we are. We hope to support you in whatever small changes you are making in January or any month this year, whether they be hard-set resolutions, small adaptations to daily routine, or more intentioned rituals that so many find comfort in.
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
The most effective change comes from an understanding of where we are in the present moment. Resolutions made from a place of fear of anxiety, rather than a place of love and light, are unlikely to take root. Meditation anchors the mind and body in the present moment, priming the mind to make a commitment that will lead to long-lasting change, in whatever form that may take. Before you set any intentions at any stage this year – not just in January – consider starting with a mindfulness practise to focus the mind first.
Be well from inside-out
Health is front of mind for most at the start of the year, and resolutions tend to revolve around fitness and well-being goals. Sometimes there is a gap between how well we feel, and how well we want to feel. Modern life tends to ask a lot of our bodies, which we cannot fully provide through food and exercise alone; this gap can open up even further during times of stress and anxiety, as our body seeks to process heightened emotions.