It’s the New Year–a time for new beginnings. Are you feeling excited, optimistic  and energized?

If you’re like many people I know, you might be feeling tired, sluggish and overwhelmed already.  And it’s okay to admit it. (Sometimes I’m energized and exhausted in the same day!)

It’s easy for pressure to build quickly after you have had a chance to let go of work during the holidays.

If you’re having trouble getting back on track, you’re not alone.

Here are some quick tips for easing back into the New Year:

Take your time.

You may not feel like you have a choice about the pace at which you operate, but you have more control than you realize. Set realistic expectations. Set boundaries where needed. Get clear about your priorities. It’s okay to walk before you run.

What pace feels right to you?

Notice your resistance.

When you’re too tired or you’re avoiding some activities, this might actually be a good sign. Pay attention. Maybe you don’t want to step back into the same environment or activities that don’t serve you well. Think about something new you can try, a change you can make that would give you more of what you really want.

What are you resisting?

Don’t judge yourself.

Too many people say, ” I should be accomplishing more.” Or “I should be more active.” Or ” I should lose more weight.” They think they are not good enough, capable enough, etc.  Replace those thoughts with “I am…” positive statements like these: “I am figuring things out.” “I am taking one step at a time.” “I am moving in the right direction.”

What do you really need to hear right now?

Start small.

Choose one area of your life or work that you would like to improve. Set a short-term goal. If you want to run a marathon, you don’t go out and run the entire distance. Maybe you’ll run a mile this week as a start.

I’m trying a new daily planner to improve my planning process. It’s a small change. I will see how it goes.

What’s something small you can do that will still give you a sense of accomplishment?

I’ve been writing more about the importance of paying attention to how you feel, not just what you do as a leader.

When you feel strong, healthy and vibrant, you are more likely to enjoy your life and work.

Make your own well being a top priority this year.

PS — Share this message with a friend or colleague who may benefit.

Let me know how I can be of support to you or your team in the New Year!

Gayle Lantz is a leadership consultant, speaker, author and founder of WorkMatters, Inc.
She works with organizations, executives and top performers who are serious about growing their business and themselves.