There are many ways to approach a new year. We can use the opportunity as a chance to reflect on the year that's been, to reflect on what's worked well, what was draining, what was inspiring, what wasn't.
Without this time to reflect and review the previous year we can just rush on to the next year without thinking. Without learning about ourselves. Without noticing what's been happening.
We can use this time of year to make some changes, big or small, depending on what we might need for ourselves. Sometimes we can look back on the year and notice that we were feeling drained, perhaps unwell at times, not feeling invigorated or inspired. We might be aware of what caused it. Some years have many things that happen that are outside of our control, particularly if we have family and work commitments. We might just be happy to leave the year behind, hoping for a better one next time.
Alternatively, we might want to spend some time reflecting on what we might have been able to do differently. How we might be able to do some things differently in the coming year to avoid the lack of energy or exhaustion from hitting us. Sometimes these might be major changes, like a new job or making decisions not to do things for others in the way we have before. We might choose to focus on our own needs more. We might be more open to accepting help from others. We might work on saying no sometimes.
We might reflect back and find that our year was pretty good. We achieved lots of things we set out achieve. Our sense of meaning and purpose is intact and we felt that we moved towards some of the goals we hoped to achieve. Perhaps we didn't have these goals as formal goals to work towards but looking back helps us to see that they were achieved anyway.
Perhaps we are pretty happy going from one year into the next and not making many changes. If things are working, why change anything? If we felt fulfilled with positive well-being we might want to notice what helped and prioritise those things again for the new year.
We might simply use this time of year to reflect on all that is good in our lives, notice it, appreciate it and plan to do it all again. There's certainly nothing wrong with that.