This is the perfect time to reflect on the past year of what worked well for you, and how to make the New Year even better! I am passionate about helping my massage clients achieve their health and wellness goals, and for my students to succeed at becoming future RMT’s. I will be honest, I feel like I lost the balance in life over this past year by taking on a bit too much. I think everyone can relate to feeling overwhelmed and trying too hard to do the best job at everything. I started this blog as a way to build an online presence and to highlight the latest health research. Assessing my past year, I did find it difficult to come up with, and write, about a new and interesting idea for my monthly blog posts. My new goal is to write when I feel inspired, not feel that I am required to post every month. I wish you all a fantastic 2017 with less stress and more time to enjoy outdoors!
It is a brand new year, perfect time to set some goals for the months ahead. I like to focus on goals versus resolutions, following the SMART acronym (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Targeted). This provides direction for my efforts, developing a game plan of what I want to achieve and when with short and long term goals. Writing down intentions and reassessing throughout the year is a great way to stay on track. Scheduling in events and mini goals is motivating and helps avoid procrastination. For example, this past December was very busy with massage bookings as clients were trying to maximize their extended medical benefits allowance. Ideally, spreading their appointments out with a session every couple of months could be more effective than six treatments at the end of December. Massage can be a great reward for reaching your goals, what do you want to challenge yourself with this year?