Monday, January 11

 Today is Monday, January 11, 2021. It’s National Clean off Your Desk Day.  Finding serenity and inspiration in organizing and decluttering the workspace.

An inspirational quote by Diane Von Furstenberg “It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity.  The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.”

The Joy of January. This is a symbolic month to launch a new year to lay the foundation for a brighter future.  

Take a few minutes to write a letter to yourself.  Possible topics to include in your note: past year accomplishments, aspirations for the coming year, your greatest strengths, things that make you happy, people you want to connect with, new activities you would like to try.

Once you complete the letter set it aside so you can open it in the Spring, place a reminder on your calendar.   In the Spring you can add to the letter and set the updated letter aside for you to open in the summer.  Continue with this at the start of each season.  What a beautiful gift to yourself.

Photo by Dr. Jose Velasco

Use this Mindfulness Activity to calm your Body and Mind:  

    • Straighten your spine. Roll your shoulders back and down, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.
    • Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale.
    • Picture yourself in a relaxed state. See yourself on your favorite walking path, a favorite vacation spot, sitting on a porch with a friend…
      • Smile to yourself.

Recharge yourself and spread love when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can. I am aware of myself and others, and I belong to a global community. I love myself and others because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness and compassion to all people. We are all connected. Together, we can do great things.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP