Welcome to a new year of the mid-week balance round-up. This feature may be changing as the year (and my work) evolves. But for this week, I’m coming off of a media break, so we’re going to stick with the format that works. I haven’t been online much in the past week, but I have found a ton of wonderful resources to help get you ready for a new year.
It is really tempting to see the first of January as a date to erase all of the pain and struggle of the previous year. However, Pam Slim invites us to think about embracing the lessons of the past year as a way to springboard into a new year.
Linda Esposito, LCSW offers a calendar of January full of practical tips and suggestions for managing your anxiety and productivity as the year takes off.
And Leo Babauta suggests some new ways to think about health and fitness as you enter 2013.
Self-Care, Health, and Kindness
If you are a long-time reader, you know that I am a sucker for Dr. Suess. So, I had to include this post from Dr. Elisha Goldstein, exploring Dr. Seuss’ thoughts on gratitude.
While we are thinking about gratitude, I appreciate very much this powerful reminder from Lisa Boncheck Adams that you don’t have to have gratitude for cancer (or any other health struggle), because cancer is not a gift.
Rosie Molinary shares a post from the past exploring some critical body image concerns–how we are affected by image manipulation in the media.
And finally, because a little more kindness never hurt anyone, I enjoyed this article from Dr. Rick Hanson exploring the benefits of friendship.
I hope that your new year is starting well, and that these resources support that start. As always, please feel free to share your own favorites in the comments.