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5 things I'm embracing in 2023

Although I would like to think I'm generally a 'Cup Half Full' kind of person, I definitely have some realist tendencies. My experience of ADHD impulsiveness and dreaming of the impossible have taught me that risks are sometimes well worth taking. On the other hand, my experience with depression and anxiety have taught me that these thoughts keep me safe and help manage my expectations.

How does my brain cope with ever-competing thoughts and feelings? Well, for a long time it hasn't! I learned more about myself than ever in 2022, and I now feel more confident in how to merge all of my ideas in a more balanced way, without being so overwhelmed.

So, as we enter 2023, I've decided not to make any New Years Resolutions. I've always found them stressful to choose and stick to and felt awful when I finally gave in and ate some chocolate, missed my morning walk or watched that ridiculous but oh so addictive TV show.

Instead I'm going to do my best to commit to some changes within my attitude and mindset which will benefit my brain, body, personal life and business. Scroll down to see what they are!

Woman with silver flowing dress walking across a  rustic wooden bridge in the woods
Bridget Ferguson by Celie Nigoumi. Sept '22

1. Letting go of perfectionism

Expecting everything I do to be 100% perfect in every way is not realistic or healthy.

As much as I'd like to be, I'm not Mary Poppins! Therefore I will be kinder to myself, allowing space for reflection and growth instead of self-judgement when things inevitably don't go as planned.

2. Listening to my body

2022 was the year I first joined a gym. I was very anxious about it, but have been pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable and empowering exercising on my own terms is. It's helped me learn when my body and brain need some encouragement to be motivated and active, and when they just need a good rest.