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FEATURES Jan 3 2013 6:24PM
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5 Habits to Leave Behind in 2013

by Shirley Kali  Johnson ww.soulisticwellness.com

Preparing for a New Year is a bit like moving apartments.  As someone who has experience with moving a lot, I find the biggest question is often, “what to keep?” and one of the biggest challenges is parting ways with things that have played a part in my life, but that I know aren’t necessarily things to keep.  As we welcome 2013, this is a perfect time to reflect on what you want to bring into this new year, and what you know you must leave behind in 2012. 

1) Leave Behind: Putting Others First

There is nothing wrong with being generous, compassionate and loving.  In fact, these are beautiful qualities that may make you a wonderful friend, daughter, and parent.  However are you being just as generous with yourself as you are with your co-workers, parents, and friends?  Perhaps this is the year to put yourself and your dreams first and to invest as much time and compassion to your needs as you do with others’ needs.
Keep: The Vision you Carry for Your Life

2) Leave Behind: Not Washing Your Face Before Bed

This is the year to not skimp on your skin.  Every person requires a different skincare regimen, however what is universal is keeping our skin clean, especially before we go to bed!  Whether or not you have worn, cleansing skin before bed helps to remove some of the impurities that have reached the skin’s surface through the course of the day.  A consistent practice of keeping the skin clean will work to eliminate breakouts and maintain the skin’s natural plumpness.
Keep: Respect for your body and cleanliness

3) Leave Behind: The Partner Who You’ve Outgrown

Breaking up is never easy, but it’s gets harder to do the longer that you wait.  If you know that your current partner is not supportive to you or that you are with them because of fear, it may be time to 1) enter counseling together or 2) go your separate ways.  Sometimes our hearts have to broken in order for us to love more deeply.
Keep: The love that you have for yourself and the reminder that you deserve love that is kind and supportive.

4) Leave Behind: Not Sweating

Some days are made for watching a good romantic comedy on the couch snuggled under a blanket, but when every night is beginning to be one spent in front of the TV, it may be time for an intervention.  Not every person is a runner, a yogi, or a biker.  However pick one physical activity that you enjoy that makes you sweat and commit to doing it at least 2 times a week!  Sweating is good for your mental and physical health.  It keeps your skin glowing, your heart beating, and the adrenaline released during a good workout helps to improve overall mood.  Working out can also be a great way to meet new people!
Keep: Your curiosity to try new activities.

5) Leave Behind: Wreckless Spending and Fear of Budget

Money is a sensitive topic and it’s something that we use on a daily basis, but the question is how are we using it?  It’s amazing how often I hear people tell me that they don’t have money to invest in their studies, goals and wellness, but they do have money to purchase a latte every day.  If a latte is $4 and you buy one most days, you could be saving $80 a month which could go to a gym membership, dance classes, or a massage.  Make a list of what you spend money on every day.  No need to judge yourself or feel bad about it, but now you can take action to put that money towards the things that feed not only your body, but your spirit.
Keep: Your long term goals and hobbies.

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