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How to slow down, take stock and be grateful

21 Dec 2015 4:26 PM -

Slowing down in Singapore

Another year is screaming to an end and it is so easy to get caught up in the “busy-ness” of end-of-year commitments and deadlines (many of which are self-imposed) that you fall into the holidays exhausted and stressed. Maybe you get a chance to have a break or maybe the holidays are even more hectic because the kids are home from school (and bored or fighting) and you are trying to catch up with family and friends before rushing back to work to do it all again.

If you are keen to have a better year next year (even if this has been a good year) I encourage you to take a moment to breathe and reflect.  Here are my reflections…

It’s important to be grateful for what we have and enjoy the present

We have had a few reminders of that this year. There have been funerals for loved ones who left us far too young and a good friend of mine almost lost her leg in what you would think was a very innocuous and minor accident. She has had multiple operations, is still not out of the woods and faces months and months of rehabilitation. In the blink of an eye her life has changed.

These have been real, close to home reminders of how fragile life can be. We need to make the most of it and do what we can to maintain our health and vitality and to remember what’s really important to us in the big scheme of things.

When your “to-do” list is long, make a “done” list

I don’t know about you, but as a small business operator my to-do list always seems endless and insurmountable.  In the light of that, it’s good to remind yourself of the things you have actually managed to achieve in the past year by writing your “done” list.  Here’s just some of mine:

  • I’m still in business (coming on for eight years) and I still enjoy it

  • I’ve managed four weeks of holidays this year (to rest and recharge)

  • I’ve maintained my exercise plan (a non-negotiable part of my diary) for my physical and emotional health

  • I’ve nurtured my spirit by maintaining real-life, face-to-face or telephone contact with my close friends

  • I’ve grown my professional knowledge and stimulated my intellect considerably through numerous conferences and courses

  • My soul has been nurtured by seeing many of my clients enjoy the benefits of learning about their unique bodies and their health so they can make informed decisions about how to choose to live their lives

  • I’ve worked on and improved my own health through diet and lifestyle choices

  • I’ve made space for the new by letting go of a few things (in spite of my perfectionist tendencies which drive me to “do it all”)

  • I’ve found great support and a complementary skill set in my naturopathic colleague, Lee with her interest in pregnancy and preconception care.

  • I’ve made time to enjoy some wonderful movies, books, new restaurants and my little garden.


 So, what about you? What are you proud of? What are you grateful for?

As we come to the end of another year, I really hope you will take a moment to pause and reflect on all that you have achieved and all that you are grateful for.  Even better, write it down and really acknowledge the good stuff....share it in the comments below if you would like.

And for just a little while, forget about the things still sitting on your “to do” list….if they are important, they’ll be waiting for you next year.


In good health,


Kaye Wright
Melbourne CBD

p.s. We’ve been seeing a lot of very tired people in our naturopathic clinic in the past few weeks. If that sounds like you, I really hope you plan some down-time over the break so you don’t start the New Year in deficit on your health and vitality. And if you need help getting your year off to a good start, make an appointment for a naturopathic consultation in January.

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Excellent newsletter

28 Dec 2015,7:21 AM - Jane Lelliott
Great points Kaye.... gratefulness is really important I agree more stopping and remembering what has gone well and what is wonderful in our lives.