How I will be hopeful in the New Year

 In Voices of Young People

As we head into 2023, an excited, anticipating energy fills most people’s lives. For some, the New Year means a fresh start or new beginning. For me, I am hopeful – for new connections and relationships, and for caring more for others by caring more for myself.

I am hopeful for strengthening relationships with people that may already be in my life or forming new ones with those I don’t know yet. And I am hopeful for new connections to things/activities/hobbies etc. To help make way for these connections, this year I’m going to allow myself to let these connections form, truly creating space for the new. Also, I want to pay more attention to who and what makes me happy and spend more time with those people and things.

I believe that for relationships to be healthy connections, I have to prioritize self-care. Self-care in the world today is a much more popularized concept and is most often applauded. But it can often be hard to allow yourself to find time or truly give yourself this self-care. Here’s what my self-care looks like for 2023:

  • Paying attention to my emotional “cup”.

    You may have heard of the glass half-full or half-empty? Let’s imagine this glass represents us and our emotional capability. I plan to take note of where I am “pouring” my energy, and giving to cups that pouring back into mine. I also plan to pour into myself the way I pour into others.

  • Spending more time in nature. 

    I have found that spending time in nature is a great form of self-care for me. Going for walks with or without music, or without technology, is a great way to disconnect from the online world and connect with yourself.

  • Cutting out toxicity.

    In a more positive tone, I want to spend more time around people who uplift me. It can be hard to cut out toxic things in your life, but I plan to try to take note of things/people that don’t make me feel my best self, and allow myself to set boundaries.

  • Remembering rest is part of the work too.

    Time is a gift. Slowing down and filling it with meaningful rest leaves you feeling refreshed. I plan to find activities or hobbies in your life that leave me feeling renewed. A few ideas of actual rest include watching a movie, reading a book, journaling, yoga or meditation. I plan to see which ones fit me best!

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Springtide Ambassador (15 years old)

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