Hi guys! The new year is quickly creeping up on us and I always find December is a great time to be able to reflect and set goals for a new start on New Year’s Day.
I know a lot of people will always say “Why wait until the new year? Why not start now?” Well Susan, sometimes we need that little grace period until that date to start something. And at this time of the year, New Years Day is the perfect day to start!
If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that I like to focus on a more positive life – so I’ve put together my list of 7 resolutions that you can add to your own list for a positive new year!
1. Practice Gratitude
I know this is hard, but that’s why it says practice. And it’s definitely going to take some getting use to. Start thinking about saying thank you more, not only when someone does something for you, but when someone does something great and it looks to be unnoticed. You’ll soon start to see how two little words will change someone’s day.
Also practice gratitude to your surroundings. What are YOU thankful for? It doesn’t have to be anything huge, some days I’m thankful for my toothbrush because I know some people don’t have the privledge, and some days I’m thankful for my family and friends because they have been there for me through even my roughest times. The point is, it can be about anything and everything but as long as you are thinking of something you realize you should be thankful for.
I find with this you become more aware of your surroundings, of your actions. You begin to pay attention, be present, and live in the moment.
2. Eat Healthy
This seems like it’s on everyone’s resolution list, they want to eat healthy and lose weight. Which I think is super great and becoming a healthy weight should be on everyone’s list, eating healthy is definitely half the battle. Ever hear the saying “Abs are made in the kitchen.”? Well it’s definitely true.
The thing is, when you start feeding your body healthy, nourishing foods, it reacts accordingly – both physically and mentally. You’ll find that you have more energy, clearer skin, softer hair(etc etc), but also you’ll find that you can think clearly, that you’re less iritable and and a little more present.
3. Go For Walks Daily
This is something so so simple but does wonders. Walking is not only great for exercise but also great for your mental health. It’s known that going for a walk by yourself for even as long as 20 minutes helps clear your mind, relaxes you from the daily stresses, and refreshes your emotions.
4. Keep Up With Chores
This may be coming from the OCD part of me but it’s definitely a good habit to form. I find I’m less anxious when my home is nice and clean. Sometimes I’ll clean one room a day to catch up if I’ve been slacking, but eventually it gets there, it becomes easy to keep up, and I not only feel accomplished but I feel I can enjoy my surroundings more.
5. Learn To Let Go
This is tough. It really is human to feel grudges or to dwell on things, and it’s another thing to practice.
6. Put Yourself First
If you’re like me, you enjoy making others happy and often forget to do anything for yourself. It’s time to start to think that YOU are #1, and that YOU matter too.
Related: 60+ Self-Love Affirmations
7. Set Something To Look Forward To Each Month
I was talking with a friend the other day and he really put this into perspective that time is more enjoyable when you have something to look forward to – preferably as often as possible. Though I think starting at having ONE thing each month to look forward to will help your year feel more pleasurable. Pamper yourself each month, take a “ME day” where it’s all dedicated to you. I certainly would look forward to a “me day” each month, it’s like that feeling that it’s your birthday month, but every month!
You can see these are all such simple and small things you can add to your resolution list, but they certainly will make a big impact on your future. Here’s to a positive 2018!
Do you have any resolutions? Let me know below in the comments!