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As 2014 begins, it is natural to think about the new things we'd like to do in this brand New Year, and changes we'd like to make. Starting afresh is a way to take good care of ourselves, especially in the deep of the winter cold. What are the ways in which you plan to show yourself some love this coming year?
We asked this question to some of the youth services staff who work at Brooklyn Public Library, and here are some of the things they had to say. What would you add to the list? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!
1. What are the ways in which you plan to show yourself some love this coming year?
· I plan on showing some love to me by eating healthier and not letting the small stuff get to me.
· I want to take a meditation class and learn more about Japanese cooking!
· Don't be too hard on yourself, learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself and move on.
· I am going to try to spend more time relaxing and trying some new ways to destress like yoga, acupuncture, or Tai Chi.
· By accepting myself first, warts and all.
· I plan on showing myself love by accepting my uniqueness and stop trying to fit in and be accepted by others.
· I plan to read something spiritually stirring or soul searching books.
2. Are there things you'll be doing to take better care of yourself, physically, emotionally, or intellectually? What are they?
· Take a trip to somewhere I’ve never been before.
· By eating less junk food and surrounding myself with people who support me, I will hopefully make myself better.
· Need to breathe well, so for that I’ll be doing yoga.
· Emotionally I will focus on practicing meditations and yoga exercises. It’s important on me to work on myself and stop focusing on others.
· I will try to give myself the Revitalizing Sit Down. This is simply finding time to sit down and do nothing for about 10 - 15 minutes when I come home from a busy day. I habitually at times just start working at a home project and deny myself the chance to breath. Also, I will embrace the idea of a timeout rather that feeling guilty with the thought of, “I can be getting this or that done right now.” I will embrace the idea that a timeout is not a waste of time but rather should be a part of my day.
3. What advice would you give to your teen self, about how to start a new year off to a fresh, fabulous new start?
· Try something new for the fun of it, not necessarily for “self-improvement.” Accept yourself as you are now, and it’ll be easier to approach new experiences and challenges with curiosity and joy.
· Some advice I would give to my younger self: PUT DOWN THE DARN MCDONALDS AND PICK UP A SALAD!!
· Do one small thing every day that makes someone else smile. And then write it down.
· Dear Teen Self: The World needs you as you are. Celebrate the more revitalized you for 2014!
· Try to avoid extremes; find balance!
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