The start of the New Year is a perfect time to make a change, to set goals and challenge yourself to things that you never thought you would or even could do. It’s the time of year for reflecting on the previous year and seeing what new things you want to bring into the New Year. New Year’s resolutions are a great way of self discovery and a road to personal growth. New Year shouldn’t be about creating a new you it should be about creating an improved you. It’s all about finding ways to show up better for yourself and those around you.
This guide features great ways you can improve your life in the next year.
#1. Quit the negative self talk
We all know that we’re guilty of this but imagine what it would be like if we began to be kinder to ourselves, show ourselves compassion and to have a more positive outlook on life. I know it is easier said than done especially being right in the midst of a global pandemic but negative self chatter doesn’t get us anywhere.
Start with something small like using positive affirmations in the mirror in the morning, and when you catch yourself using negative self talk correct yourself.
#2. De-clutter your home
A cluttered home definitely equals a cluttered mind! Go through your belongings and get rid of what you don’t want or need. After that get organising. No-one is saying you have to go about with a label maker and go all Marie Kondo but make sure everything has a place to live and is easily accessible.
#3. Stop buying things you don’t need
Quite frankly who isn’t guilty of this one?! I certainly am. I recently had a de-clutter of my bedroom and when I was sorting out my belongings into charity bags I found quite a lot of dresses that still had their labels on them. Waste? Guilt? Disgust? Impulse Buying? Are all words that come to mind. We live in a world of mindless spending and often just buy things for the sake of it. The next time you’re buying something try and be mindful and question whether you really need it. Will you still need it in 6 months time? Will future you thank you for it? And, what are the short term costs and benefits? I bet you that savings account will start filling up fast!
#4. Start a project you’ve always wanted to do
What’s something you’ve always talked about but haven’t yet started?
Now is the time to make that first step and unleash your skills and reach your true potential.
Stop procrastinating and just go for it! You’ll be glad you did it.
#5. Fall back in love with a past hobby
Is there something you used to love doing as a child? Did you ditch all of your hobbies when you got older?
Let me tell you that it’s not too late to get back into it whether it’s writing, drawing , yoga – the list is endless.
Have a look in your diary and see where you can fit in half an hour a week – that’s a good starting point.
#6. Spend more time learning
What is it they say? Knowledge is power!
Learning is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. And guess what? It’s free. There’s an abundance of knowledge out there for us to consume through books, through Universities, through documentaries to name but a few. And another thing- we get to keep that knowledge forever. Whether you want to learn a new language, learn how to crotchet, play the piano or even learn how to code – there’s definitely something for everyone.
#7. Exercise for 30 minutes a day
Did you know that 30 minutes is only 2% of your day? Why not use this time to work up a sweat and get that heart beat racing. Exercise isn’t only good for the body but also the mind. So that in mind try some brisk walking, go for a park run or play your favorite team sport with friends. What ever you find fun your body and mind will thank you for it.
#8. Find Reasons to be Happy
Start finding ways to be happy and watch your entire life change.You’ll start to to appreciate all the people, memories and things you have in your life and therefore focus less on the things you don’t have. Everyday will have its challenges but keep focusing on the things you appreciate and you will definitely see a change in your mindset.
#9. Spend more time with the people that you love
To be honest with you this should be #1 on this list and to me it is what means the most, especially after this last year. A global pandemic definitely puts everything into perspective and has shown us how we can’t take anything for granted, Although we have all been distanced from our loved ones our love certainly is still as close as ever, if not more. So, when the time comes that we can all get together again spend as much time as possible with the ones you care for most, truly listen to the stories they’re telling you and enjoy every second of their hugs.
What are you intending to do to make the most of 2021?