How to Combat ‘Hustle Culture’ in the New Year

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How to Combat 'Hustle Culture' in the New Year

The beginning of the new year can offer a feeling of having a fresh start and the opportunity to start the year off by prioritizing yourself, your goals, and your holistic wellness.

With the energy the start of the year can offer, it can also be easy to get wrapped up in “hustle culture” and feel like you have to complete all of your goals within the first months of the new year.

This can feel overwhelming and lead to burnout, chasing goals that may not align with your beliefs.

Allow Your Dreams to Define Your Goals

What if instead of setting goals, you allowed yourself to dream and allowed those dreams and desires to guide the goals you create for yourself?

Perhaps you set aside some time each week to allow yourself to become still and meditate on what your desires and goals actually are and what they are not.

When you think about the life you are creating, what do you desire to create? What does this life you hope to live ask you to leave behind? What can you let go of to create space for what you really want?

Schedule Time to Be Off

Living in a culture and society that demands you to be “on” all of the time is one way burnout happens. Chronic burnout can lead to high states of stress and negative impacts on your health. In combating the urge to hustle, scheduling time to be off is essential.

Practice Saying ‘No’

Setting boundaries and saying “no” can feel threatening to your nervous system if you are used to pleasing others rather than making your own needs a priority in your life.

In order to have the time for what you actually want to do and to rest (so you have the energy to pursue your goals and desires), setting boundaries and learning how to say “no” can be freeing.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are there times when you say “yes” in your life when “no” is what you really mean to be saying? 
  • What boundaries need to be set within yourself and with others to honor your energy and spirit? 

The new year — and any time of the year — is an opportune time to accept and cultivate the narrative that you are the engineer of your life and that you do not need to hustle to reach the goals you have for yourself. Choosing not to abide by the rules of hustle culture will create the space for you to experience the life you desire.

The beginning of the year can feel like a fresh start and an opportunity to become more intentional in your life. At Avalon Malibu, we understand how difficult it can be to let go of what isn’t serving you and welcome what is into your life. Our team of professionals are here to support you as you continue to take strides in your recovery, healing, and wellness. If you are struggling to do this alone, call Avalon Malibu today at (844) 857-5992.

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