New Year, New Beginnings

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one”. 

So here we are, the final day of 2017. People around the world are preparing to see in the New Year with optimism and hope. Resolutions will have been made and goals set. As the chime of bells ring out, for some, there will be sighs of relief that 2017 is over. 2018 will be greeted with the expectations that this New Year will be so much better than the last.

Invariably, no matter who you are and what your experiences of the old year, we all welcome 1st January as though it is some magic spell. A special power which can transform us and make the negatives in our life feel positive all of a sudden.

As we contemplate the next year, we think about all the wonderful things that we can achieve. We can lose weight, join a gym, write that book, find the love of our life – anything is possible on New Years Eve.

However, the reality is that the 1st day of January holds no magical powers, it will not transform us just by thinking positive thoughts. What it can do is provide us with the opportunity to start again – but then again, the other 364 days are equally as powerful in this respect. Each day is another chance to make those all important changes to our lives.

“The New Year will be like the old one if you keep on doing the same old thing”.

For those of us who battle chronic pain, the first day of a New Year will not provide us with the miracle cure. Our symptoms won’t give us a break just because it is 2018. From one year to the next, nothing changes unless we make it happen.

As we enter 2018, it will mark 29 years since I first experienced my Fibromyalgia symptoms. Since 1989, my life has been a rollercoaster of symptoms and emotions. No amount of New Years Eve resolutions made any difference to my condition. It was a gradual process of trial and error that brought me to the point that I am now.

I learnt over time that every new day was a opportunity to try again.

New Years Eve is definitely a time to draw a line under the things that we no longer want in our lives. We can verbalise our intentions and think about what we would like to accomplish. We can set our goals and decide how to bring them to fruition. But according to the University of Scranton, research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. That is ultimately a lot of disappointed and demoralised people who started out with good intentions.

The secret to achieving your goals is to make them small and attainable. Bite size chunks win the day as opposed to great big whoppers that will likely fall by the wayside before January is out.

For those of use battling Fibromyalgia, just getting through a normal day is a big deal let alone, adding in some hefty resolutions that will leave us feeling like crap when we slip up. The truth is we have 365 days to make changes, we have 365 opportunities to start again.

Just some tiny tweaks to how we manage our condition can make a world of difference. Adding in a few minutes of gentle exercise each day will reap huge rewards. Eliminating caffeine a cup at a time is a small step to better health. Embracing a short meditation practice before bed can result in a better nights sleep. All little do-able, attainable goals which have the potential for making a huge difference in managing our symptoms.

So, as I personally prepare to say farewell to what has been a challenging 2017 for me. I look forward to 2018 with much excitement and a few nerves as I officially launch Fibro Fantastic™ Wellness Coaching.

My goal is to stand alongside you on your Fibro journey. To offer you support and empower you to “Thrive, not just Survive.”

For the next 365 days I will be committed to offering you support through this site, my social media and also the opportunity for you to sign up for an online wellness course which will be ready for launch early 2018.

If you make just one resolution this New Year’s Eve, let it be that you will put yourself first. Think outside the box and try something different when it comes to managing your chronic pain. Open your mind and head into 2018 ready to push the boundaries and embrace something new. Doesn’t have to be anything heavy or huge, just the commitment to give it a go.

On that note, I want to wish you and your families the most amazing 2018.

365 days of wonderful possibilities and a year that is peaceful & gentle for you and your body. 

Happy New Year