Making New Year’s resolution’s can feel empowering whilst also being quite overwhelming. They are often hard to keep and usually break down in the first few months of the New Year. I don’t know about you but they can definitely leave me feeling pretty pissed off in the middle of the winter blues which is not something any of us want! Below I have listed 10 little changes which can help us all to live with a happier and healthier body and mind on a long-term basis.
1. Put away anything from one pound and upwards per week. Put it in a jar or even set it up as a standing order to transfer from your bank account to your savings account. Leave it for as long as you can. If you can leave it for a whole year then you can treat yourself to overcome the January blues in 2018! If you feel the urge to use it before then, then great! At least you will appreciate a larger cash sum or it’s helped you when you have needed it most.
2.Drink an extra glass of water everyday. It’s free, and it’s good for you. It’s good for your skin, body and mind. Water is good in preventing ageing, dry skin and scientists have proven that when we feel hungry we are often just thirsty so it can even help you when trying to lower your calorie intake. It can also help you overcome your foggy head after all the alcohol festivities or stodgy tummy after all those pies!
P.S I try to have a small glass of water in between alcoholic drinks too, for me it really does help slow down my need to have a drink in my hand and lessens the pain the next day!
3. Read a book, something that you know will make you feel good. Maybe it’s a fantasy novel. Maybe it’s more practical like how to set up a new business. Or maybe it just teaches you something new about the world. If you are not really into reading or don’t really feel like you have the time to read why don’t you try listening to an audio book? I really struggle to focus when I read but find it easy to listen to one on the bus to work. I am currently listening to ‘The Universe has your back’ by Gabriel Bernstein…it’s good if you could do with some motivation!
4. Moisturise when you get out of the bath/shower. So for me this is something I now have to do because of eczema but from doing it I have realised it takes an extra two minutes but it’s two minutes of you looking after the skin that protects you throughout life. It gives you a chance to appreciate something very simple but productive in your life. It also means when the summer holidays come you will feel more body ready to go out on that beach!
5. Start a journal. This doesn’t have to be a long, in detail essay about everything in your life. It could just be a memory from the day or a quote that has grabbed your attention. Doing this everyday before you go to bed can train your mind to focus on something good before going to sleep or likewise heling you to release anything that has frustrated or upset you so that your brain has more chance of settling and letting you get a good night’s kip!
5. Learn a new skill. Learn how to juggle, dance, build things, skate. The new skill I have attempted this year has been learning a new language, there are plenty of free apps out there to help. I currently use duolingo to learn Spanish, I try to take 5 minutes out my day to play on it and learn some new words…I’m definitely not fluent yet but it has been fun to try something new! Learning a new skill is not only good for your confidence but it lessens your chances of getting cognitive problems later in life such as Alzheimer’s so what’s the harm in trying?
7. Find a creative outlet. Many psychologists and scientists have now agreed that having a creative outlet is key to having good mental health and being happy. Whether this be singing, dancing, drawing, painting, crafting, doing circus tricks…it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you take time in your life to do it. You don’t have to be good at it and you don’t have to dedicate your life to it but you do have to do it. This year, I started to draw, I conisistenly picked out the images off the internet and practiced drawing them. You only have to look at my before and afters to note it’s not about being good at something, its just about making the effort to find something which you enjoy and sticking at it. After all being happy is the most important thing you can do for yourself in life.
8.Volunteer. It doesn’t have to be some huge commitment or big sacrifice if time. It can just be one time thing but I can assure you as well as helping someone else you will feel better for giving something which doesn’t cost you a thing. It might feel a bit strange, awkward or uncomfortable ringing somewhere to see if you can give a helping hand but the person on the other end of the phone won’t be judging you, they will appreciate the offer!
9.Filter your social media, if you see something negative or something which you notice is upsetting or angering you then choose to skip past it, unfollow them or go onto a different page. Doing this with time, really can help you to see the world in a different light. Personally it has encouraged me to be more determined in helping those I can rather than feeling like there is nothing I can do when watching a disaster strike.
10.Talking about social media, I saw something on it the other day which I thought would be a fabulous idea to enjoy the simple things in life. It simply said every time something small or big happens in your life which makes you happy, write it down and put it in a jar. Then, whenever you need a pick me up or are struggling to find something good about yourself or in your life, open it up and have a read just to see where the journey of life is taking you.
Make a conscious decision to do any one thing for more than 27 days, in which time it becomes a habit. The more you do it, the easier it is so if it is one of the things I have mentioned above or something completely different just keep at it and you are on the road to success! I hope this helps with the usually daunting process of the “New year, new me” resolutions!