“If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment.” – Lao Tzu
Happy New Year’s Eve! Or should I say a not so happy 2014?
When we’re remorseful about the past, we’re depressed. When we’re worried about the future, we’re anxious. Anxiety and depression are two sides of the same time coin. And since the end of the year also brings reflection and contemplation, it’s makes us vulnerable to both.
For those of us who are extra sensitive to mental illness, it’s important to make a conscious effort to stay present and positive during this time of the year. This may mean savoring favorable moments in 2013 or refocusing your attention on this moment instead of lingering on the one that just passed. It may mean excusing yourself from holiday parties to spend more time in nature. It may mean throwing away your resolutions list and creating a gratitude one instead.
Whatever you do this New Year’s Eve, make sure to read our posts this week. Instead of a food cleanse, you’ll learn how to partake in an emotional one. You’ll also learn more about yourself, your relationship, as well as get a clearer picture of depression and anxiety. It’s how I’m spending the last few hours of 2013. How will you spend yours?