I love the start of a new year because it signifies a fresh start and I think it offers a great moment to take some time out to reflect on how life has been going, where you are at and what you want to achieve. I always try to take a few days to think about what I really want out of life in the next twelve months and how I am going to get there. I have also noticed over the years that if I want to make some positive changes in my life, I have to set the right kind of goals to get there. Whenever I have set myself the generic ‘lose some weight‘, ‘save some money‘, ‘get more organised‘ resolutions I find I have given up on them before January is out and I am left feeling negative about myself. That’s definitely not a good way to live! I have learnt I need to set myself the right kind of goals to make sure I stick with them and in return that brings more positivity and happiness into my life. Here is a list of positive resolutions I hope will inspire you to feel great this year…
Eat more Fruits and Vegetables. If you try to put yourself on a super strict diet from the first of Jan you are probably going to get sick of it pretty fast and end up binging out of chocolate before the month is out. Instead of trying to commit yourself to some crazy fad-diet choose to make one small change in your eating habits like eating more fruit and veggies. The positive effect on your body will mean you start to lose weight naturally and will feel great.
Be Kinder. The world can be a tough place and you never know what kind of private battle the people you meet may be dealing with secretly. Taking time out to do one kind thing every day or helping a stranger out when you see they are in need may make a bigger positive impact on their life than you think. The more nice things we do the more positive energy we spread.
Find a Type of Exercise you Love and Make it a Regular Hobby. I can’t tell you how many times I have signed up for a gym membership in January only to find by April I am not using it anymore. I used to feel really bad about that, but then I realised… It’s because I HATE the gym! I find it really boring being stuck on stationary machines and I don’t like working out inside. I started trying out other sports and realised I love yoga, cycling and swimming. I now do yoga three times a week and I joined a cycling group to go out at the weekends. Now exercise is something I love and look forward to doing every week because I found what works for me.
Make Quality Time for the People You Love. With busy schedules and heavy work loads its easy to get caught up in daily routines and forget about doing things that matter. Try and make time once a week to really dedicate yourself to your loved ones. Cook a special meal for your boyfriend, plan a fun shopping trip with your girls or organise a special day out with your family. Our close friends and family are the most important people in our lives and investing time in your relationships will bring you so much positive feelings and love.
Give Yourself a Break. Even if it’s just at the weekends or one evening a week put some time aside and dedicate it solely to yourself. You could start a new hobby, go for a walk in nature, read a book, take a bubble bath or just chill on the sofa and watch some TV. It doesn’t matter as long as you are focusing only on yourself and how you are feeling. Taking a little time out will recharge your batteries and help you de-stress.
Cut Down on your Social Media Usage. This one is a tough one I know, and I’m definitely not saying try to cut it out altogether because that would be impossible. But set yourself a small goal just to use it less. It could be to turn your phone off when you are meeting up with friends so you really dedicate your time to them, to have one hour a day social media free or to stop using your phone after 9PM – whatever works for you. But reduced social media usage increases your actual human interactions and makes your relationships stronger.
Express More Gratitude. Finally before you start planning all the things in your life you want to change, take stock of what you already have and how lucky you already are. It’s really easy to compare our lives to others and think everyone is doing better than us. But the truth is we are all lucky in our own way and we all have so many great things going on. If you make it a regular habit to look for gratitude you will realise you have more amazing things than your thought.
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