New Year’s Resolution: Self Kindness

New Year’s Resolution: Self Kindness

By now, you probably have your New Year’s resolutions.  If not, consider this unusual resolution … Be kind to yourself.  Give yourself some credit. You probably have a lot on your plate. There are plenty of people out there who are more than willing to be harsh to you. You don’t have to be one of those people too.
Or have you run into the thought that your resolutions are too difficult, too many, or already broken?   How about trying something different this year?  Pick one goal & keep it simple.  The laundry list of what you would like to change in your life is often unattainable if the list is too long & too hard. 

Or like many of us, is your resolution to lose weight?  Again, be kind to yourself.  How about focusing on the month’s weight loss goal instead of the year?  You are more likely to succeed if you try to change one goal by working on it one day at a time.
How about an even “simpler” resolution?  Do you wish you had more time with your family?  Quality time is crucial.  It doesn’t have to be an extravagant vacation.  You don’t even have to leave the house.  How about a board game or other uninhibited play?  You would be amazed at what 1 to 2 hours of play, every two weeks could do for your family.

If you can, share this process with your child and/or family. Your internal growth is something they can learn from and follow.  Not to mention, they might offer you a great deal of support.

I hope you all enjoyed your New Year’s Eve celebration.  As for my family, it was quiet; just us three.  Quiet is a very rare and special treat.  Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve is still amazing!  Screaming the countdown – still my favorite part.

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About Nancy M. Silva, MD, FAAP

I'm a Board Certified Pediatrician. I've been in practice since 2000. I'm happily married with two children. I graduated Medical School from the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. My Pediatric Residency training was at University of South Florida, College of Medicine. I've been in private practice since 2000. As a medical student, I had the privilege to care for children at Kings County Hospital & Downstate Medical Center in urban Brooklyn. As a resident, I cared for children at Tampa General Hospital & All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. These experiences helped shape the Pediatrician I am today.

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