By KATHY SMITH
We are all part of a dizzy, fast pace that can take a high toll on our energy and our time. Every day we find places to go, things to do and more tasks that needs to be done. With increased schedule with home, work and school we need to set aside time to reflect, relax, resolve and renew.
Reflection or thinking about our experiences in life is the key to learning. Reflecting allows us to analyze our experiences, make changes based on our mistakes, keep doing what is successful and build upon or modify past knowledge based on knowledge.
Realize that you need to relax. Many people just try to work through stress by ignoring it and hoping the stressors pass quickly, even while stressors build up. Because of this it’s not uncommon to be caught off guard by stress when you reach the point of feeling overwhelmed or to be stressed to the point that the stress is taking a toll on your physical being. It is important to know when you need to relax. Physically relaxing your body can lead to stress relief because it interrupts and reverses your stress response.
Resolve or revolution is a commitment an individual makes to one or more personal goals, projects or the reforming of a habit a new beginning.
An individuals, personal growth and renewal come from examining who we are and what we value. Renewal is a process of shedding what is no longer useful, devoting time to self-care through rest and cleansing and ultimately emerging new and ready for more growth.
As we are in the first month of 2013, take the time to reflect, relax, resolve and renew.
Kathy Smith is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Parker County. Contact her at (817) 598-6168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.