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Endings – New Year New Beginnings

We know that: “Every ending is really just a new beginning”

From experience we also know that: “New beginnings are often described as painful endings” – Lao Tze

We probably also know this too: “Endings are our beginnings, and beginnings are ours to turn into something good” – Elizabeth Chandler

We could try and do this: “Celebrate endings as they precede new beginnings” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A reminder our lives are different to stories: “Every story has an end, but in life every end is a new beginning”

At this time of year it’s always a time of reflection on the good, and the not so good that’s happened to us over the last year.

It’s also a time we may look to the New Year with new hope and inspiration as well as a time for making positive changes, developing new habits, introducing positive changes – a time for New Year Resolutions.

Whilst we move through the New Year transition with mixed feelings perhaps about family, friends, colleagues, those who are no longer with us, we also need to keep ourselves grounded so we can bring some focus into our thoughts.

I saw the following statement recently and thought it would be a great one to share with you all. It’s most commonly called the ‘grounding technique’ and can be used in many situations from feeling depressed to feeling anxious. Having our mind focus on specifics using this 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,

I look around to find 5 things I can see,

4 things I can touch,

3 things I can hear,

2 things I can smell,

and 1 thing I can taste.

It’s called grounding.

Being in touch with our surroundings and sometimes seeing things for the first time or in a different light can’t be freeing and empowering. Trying to identify what you can touch, hear, smell and taste takes us through each step one by one.

Whilst New Year is a new beginning and hope, we can instil new beginnings more often, for example, each morning when you wake up, you could consider what you are grateful for, even go through the steps above to give your day a great start.

Whatever type of year you had in 2021, it’s the past, 2022 is a new year and our future, remembering it’s the present we can really make a difference with.

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