Happy New Year: Thoughts and Reflections for the Coming Year: Frieda L. Ferrick, MFT Grief and Loss Counseling

A new year holds exciting possibilities!  New chances to make your life more joyful, new relationships, working on being more healthy, more mindful.

What I see as really important is that a new year holds hope that we humans can make better choices for ourselves, do more self-care, and really explore in a more thorough way who we are.  It is a chance to check in and see if we are being authentic and living the life we really want to live.

It takes courage to make changes and resiliency to keep going when there are tough things and people in our lives.  Courage is doing things that are hard for us and moving through it as best as we can.

Taking small steps to change our routine can help make changes and not feel overwhelmed.  An example of this would be to add one walk a week to your schedule.  That can help you be healthier and not stress you out.

It is your choice, are you going to be courageous this year and really make changes?  Are you going to push through some hard issues?  It is ok to have support while you do this. You don’t have to do this alone.  Some people talk to a trusted family member, a good friend, a religious or spiritual leader or a licensed counselor.

I hope you take this time to think about who you are, where you have been and where you want to go next in this precious life that you and I are living.

Happy New Year, let’s walk and talk together as the year unfolds!