Resolve to ... Be easy on yourself with your new resolutions

Jan 3 2012 - 11:51am


After the indulgences of the holidays, in January we repent. We pledge to exercise more, eat less, save money, work harder. Sometimes we even extend these noble pledges to our spouses, sweethearts and kids.

No wonder a third of New Year's resolutions fizzle before February hits. They are vague. And, worthy goals as they may be, they are bummers.

But self-improvement needn't be a sad homework assignment demanding prudence and sacrifice. Perhaps we'd be more inclined to follow through if we resolved to be kinder to ourselves, to make our lives easier, to lighten our load.

Wish to be tidier? Promise to hire a maid to come to your house twice a month. Want to be more efficient on the job? Sign up for a class that requires you to leave work by 5:30 p.m.

From travel to food to love, a constellation of experts from varied fields offered advice for easing stress in the coming year.

Find balance

Get centered before each segment #mce_temp_url#of your day. Sit up straight, close your eyes and take three deep breaths so that you can channel your attention fully into the present moment. Doing this between projects, or as you transition from work life to home life, will help you be more efficient and connected to your purpose within each relationship or experience.

-- Terri Cooper, CEO of 305 Yoga & Outreach in Miami and founder of the Yoga Gangsters, a nonprofit that brings yoga to at-risk youth



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