STNYC: Self-Care Strategies

by Michelle Tibois

Strategies For Self-Care, Celebrating a New Year and New You!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already 2019; pretty soon it’ll be 2020 (yikes). As always, the beginning of a New Year continuously opens up the door for us to showcase a newer, better version of ourselves (Let me hear you say “New Year Resolutions” whoop!). At the end of December, I created a vison board and want to share some of the places, mentally, emotionally, and physically, I aspire to reach this year:

  1. Graduate from college! (This wasn’t too hard because I am currently a senior in college and approaching my last semester)

  2. Eat healthier

  3. Take more time to get to know what I like

  4. Put stress behind me

  5. Say ‘Yes’ to things that nourish my spirit and soul

  6. Give back to my community

When you write out or create visualizations for yourself, they can push you to do what you need and want to do. It can be difficult to start achieving your goals, but having a vison and knowing where you want to go is important. Rosabeth Moss Kanter says, “A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.”

Take moments to visualize where you would like to be a couple months from now. As cheesy as it may sound, it’s healthy to imagine the New Year as a clean slate, a new book filled with empty pages to fill with love, laughter, reflection, experience, and growth. I hope this year is good to you and that through it, you are experiencing true happiness and freedom!

Challenge: Create a vision board with pictures of some of the things you hope to accomplish this year—make sure your goals are realistic and reachable.

(Photo: Example of a vision board /


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