It’s Time to Close the Book on The Past Year and Start Fresh

It’s Time to Close the Book on The Past Year and Start Fresh

December 20, 2018 Life Transition Psychotherapy Smith Psychotherapy Associates Stress 0
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When the holiday season is near it means the new year is not far behind. This is a powerful time of year for many people, as it gives them the opportunity to reflect and take a serious self-inventory of where they currently are in their life, and more importantly, where they want to be at this same exact time next year. However, in order to move forward in one’s life, they must not be caught up in the past.

The end of the year is as good a time as any to close the book on the year that has been and prepare to start fresh for the new one. However, as with many things in life, this is much easier said than done, so where can one even begin to start? Life transitions counseling or mental health counseling can be a great place to start, and to that effect, here are a couple of strategies to keep in mind as you attempt to successfully chart a course forward to the new you.

If You Had a Loss This Year, Make Sure You Have Properly Grieved It

For those who may have suffered a loss of any kind this year, whether it be the literal passing away of someone you cared about or just the end of something significant in your life, such as a job or relationship, it is vitally important that you have taken the time to grieve this loss in your own fashion.

This is an immensely personal process, and no one can tell you what the right method or duration of time for grieving is. That being said, it is not something that should take the entire year, as by that point, it has moved from a healthy process to a fixation, and is therefore something that should be discussed in some form of mental health counseling or hypnotherapy session.

Don’t Leave Your Future to Chance, Make a Plan for it Instead

Another powerful thing you can do to help evolve into the best version of your future self is to help ensure success in your future by making a plan for it. Don’t think of the things you want as dreams, because those are events that you are hoping will happen through no proactive action of your own. Instead, make yourself a list of goals, as goals are items you can actually achieve with the help of some thorough and thoughtful planning. By focusing on the things you can control instead of what you cannot, you are most likely to achieve success in the long run.

Also, if you are not sure about what you would like your goals to be, think about making a list of your strengths and weaknesses and how you can use the things you already know you are good at to aid in the things that you would like more assistance with.

For more information on how life transition counseling can help you move on to the next chapter in your life, contact Smith Psychotherapy Solutions through their website today.