You may have started the year off with lofty goals and dreams for the new year ahead. No matter how enthusiastic we are on January 1st, things often don't work out quite as planned when it comes to Resolutions. That's to be expected and totally okay! I want to share with you some ways to help you bounce back, instead of ditching your plans and goals altogether.
1. Allow yourself to process your emotions
If you feel like you've let yourself or others down, give yourself some time to really process how you're feeling. If you're angry, sad, or frustrated, allow yourself to feel those emotions and try to understand precisely what is causing you to feel this way. Take time to think about and write down why you might be feeling so upset with yourself. Writing your feelings in a journal or self-reflect in whatever way works for you. Have you make these mistakes time and time again, or have you felt disappointed in somebody else for making a similar mistake? There might be an underlying reason for your emotions, and they're worth digging in to.
2. Talk to someone about how you're feeling
Call a friend or a loved one and tell them your situation and how you're feeling. This can be extremely therapeutic and can often leave you feeling like a huge weight is lifted off your shoulders. We all make mistakes. A loved one can remind you of this and help you realize that the situation is probably not as bad or permanent as you might think it is. Even if they don't offer any advice, it can be helpful just to tell someone what's going on.
3. Don't allow this situation to define you
We really are our own harshest critics. Nobody is perfect, I can admit to that myself. Do not let your mistakes define who you are. Try to be kinder to yourself while you process your emotions and try not to speak negatively about yourself as a person. While you might be searching for forgiveness from others, try to work on forgiving yourself as well.