Overcoming the Post-Holiday Slump

You never fall short in the eyes of Spirit, but it's easy to be hard on ourselves when we feel we are falling short of our New Years goals.

By Nabeel Redwood | Shamanic Healing Los Angeles

The new year is in full swing now, but some of us may be struggling to get going. The post-holiday season is challenging for everybody. Motivation to act on our resolutions may be eluding us. Even those who’ve made strides already will eventually hit a rut or lose their steam. So what do we do when we’re down or stuck?

Remember that the most lasting changes happen with baby steps. Small changes today become tomorrow’s habits. Just as dripping water can erode entire mountains drop by drop, so too can you burrow through your obstacles with small actions. Take your ambitious new years resolutions and shrink them down to more manageable goals. Let each step be easy and just challenging enough to feel good. Don’t worry about how long it will take.

Many of us look to the mountain of tasks ahead of us and feel overwhelmed, unsure of how to move forward. But remember that you are not the one who must solve all these problems. You only have to deal with step one, that is, the step right in front of you. And once you’ve dealt with that step one, the second step becomes step one. On and on until you’ve reached the goal, whenever that may be. Armed with this attitude, your infinite patience will produce instant results.

We are so busy counting steps, that we never take step one. We all get in our own way by obsessing over the best way forward, not realizing that forward is always the best way.

When your way is unclear, consider experimenting with all your different impulses. Even follow your competing impulses and see where they each lead you, and that way you’ll quickly discover which of your desires are dead ends and which lead to gold. In other words, have a preference for action. Try your ideas before analyzing their worth.

You’re not going to think your way out of this one. In fact, too much contemplation is part of the problem. Take a walk, exercise, dance, play music, or practice your preferred method of turning off your mind. Best of all, meditate. Not feeling motivated to do any of these? Remember: baby steps. Start with 5 or 10 minutes and work your way up as you develop a thirst for more. Don’t set ambitious weekly or monthly goals. Just do it now once and intend to do it again tomorrow and let the rest go. 

Remind yourself that while your life is your ship to captain, the Universe is here for you, and wants what is best for you. We can have the life we desire, but when and how it develops is up to Spirit. All we can do is our best in each individual moment, and to practice our trust that Spirit can and will influence the tide to benefit us.

Most importantly, don’t hesitate to indulge in some self-care. You cannot force a flower to bloom faster, and you are no different. Don’t be too hard on yourself and give yourself room to grow organically at your own pace.

Katelyn Benton