Welcome to 2023 - New Year - Ondol Clinic Brisbane

Welcome to 2023

Welcome 2023

Welcome to 2023

So many people I know were happy to say farewell to 2022, and it seems that a similar sentiment may have been present when we cheered the exit of 2021. There is no doubt that these are peculiar times. It’s probably good that it is human nature to have high hopes each new year will be better than the one before. We are such optimists. 

Let’s face it – 2022 bought flooding, inflation, more COVID, and whatever individual challenges we each had to face and manage. As January 1, 2023, clicked over, we all clinked glasses and hugged (which is now much more appreciated). I don’t think I am alone in admitting to feeling a twinge of trepidation about the year ahead. What will this one bring?

Feeling that you are not in control of what is happening to you is a major source of stress. And so much has been happening recently that has seemed out of our control. So what can we do in 2023 to retake the reins of our lives?

We may be unable to change the world or anyone else in it. But we can create an environment for ourselves that will support us as we face all the unpredictable and not-so-unpredictable curve balls that life continues to throw us. Following are 7 simple ways to take charge of our lives this year.

1 Honour your passion/s

Is there something that you just love to do? Something that brings you great joy, a sense of fulfilment? Something that you can lose yourself in and barely notice the passing of time? It might be a creative pursuit like painting, sewing, knitting, singing, writing, playing an instrument or listening to music. Or it might be getting into nature – hiking, swimming in the ocean or camping. Maybe you’re passionate about helping others or environmental issues. Whatever it is, honour it. Make time to completely immerse yourself in it, even if it can only be for short bursts. The energy and happiness that following your passions can bring can sustain you when you face those things in your life that you feel less passionate about.

2 Laugh more – don’t sweat the small stuff

A good friend once said to me that he knew when I was in a good space because I was hilarious. I have never forgotten that because I think it’s true. Suppose I am becoming petty and easily annoyed by people and life’s challenges. In that case, I know I need to take stock and lighten up. When I can laugh at myself (lovingly, of course) and let the small stuff go, I am a happier person within myself and much easier to be around. 

3 Choose kindness

Imagine someone cuts in front of you in the traffic. You brake heavily to avoid a collision. Your reaction may be to get angry, curse, or even honk loudly on your horn, leaving people in no doubt about your sentiments. OR… You could give them the benefit of the doubt and choose kindness. We don’t know what is going on in anyone else’s life, what they are rushing to or from, or what news they might have received that has distracted them. If you choose kindness over judgement, it also keeps your blood pressure down.

4 Swap out one unhealthy snack for a healthy one. 

Our meals are generally well-balanced for many of us, but our snacks in between may be letting us down. Many snack foods are high in sugar and/or saturated fats, even if they are masquerading as health foods. Check the content labels, and you may be surprised (and not in a good way!). Consider swapping that high-sugar muesli bar for a stick of celery and peanut butter; a handful of nuts instead of the processed biscuit or cracker; a hard-boiled egg with pepper; plain Greek yoghurt with some berries. These are just a few examples of delicious and nutritious snacks that can significantly impact your overall health.

5 Commit to some form of exercise every day

Ok, so this one may not be so original, and if exercise isn’t your thing, you may be groaning. But all the studies and anecdotes tell us that just 30 mins of exercise 5 times per week can positively impact your physical and mental health. Choose an activity you love to do so it doesn’t feel like a chore. I suggest starting small and short – a 5 or 10 min walk every day is more habit-forming than irregular bigger walks.

6 Make space for the spiritual you

Spiritual can be a contentious word in our modern western world. Some people are keen to say they are not “religious” and think this is the same as spirituality. But what does it mean to be spiritual? It can mean something different to different people. It may well be reflecting more on your life’s purpose, seeking meaning, and tapping into a source of energy beyond your personal reality. Or it might be something as simple as noticing a beautiful sunset, feeling a sense of awe when looking up into a starry night sky, or feeling love and compassion for those who matter to you. The important thing is to create the space to be aware of these things, not to be so rushed or consumed by the mundane that life becomes a relentless series of tasks and events. Stop and smell the roses this year – the frangipanis, the jasmine, the lavender – whatever. Just stop. 

7 Rebalance your energy; fine-tune your Qi

One of the beautiful aspects of East Asian Medicine is its focus on preventing more severe health conditions by balancing the body’s energies. It is a preventative, holistic approach to pursuing health with lifestyle and energy medicine. At Ondol Clinic, we want to see patients thrive rather than survive and empower you to take health into your own hands. 

As we launch ourselves into this New Year of 2023, why not decide now to make it an excellent year for your health and happiness? For all our existing clients, we look forward to continuing to work with you to help you achieve your goals. For the curious, we would love to meet you, complete your individualised health assessment, and develop a plan to have you feeling excited about facing the year ahead. Call us on 07 3371 0100, or book here on our website.

Happiest New Year! 

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