This New Year, I would like to make some positive changes but, I say this every year. What can I do differently for 2019?
Thinking that the start of a new calendar year is enough to motivate you to quit your bad habits, is a mistake. Once the excitement dies down, January is no different to December, so you’ll need some serious resolve to stick to your plan.
For 2019, make resolutions that are not the result of self-criticism and self-judgment. My advice, is to look at life from a different perspective.
Here’s my 12 ideas how to make 2019 different:
- Stop apologising
Never say sorry if you’re not. Be genuine. Replace “sorry I’m late” with “thank you for waiting”, and turn a negative situation into a positive one.
- Be grateful for EVERYTHING you have
Trust me, however little you think you have, you’ve got a tonne more than someone else. Be grateful, and don’t put value on material items.
- Take 10 minutes for yourself, daily
It’s easy to get caught up in work, emails, social media and other obligations. Spending 10-minutes of quality ‘you’ time, could mean anything, such as; meditating, playing with your pet or cooking.
- Eliminate negativity
Get rid of toxic friends. Surround yourself with positivity, and make sure you’re being positive for your friends, too.
- Make FUN fitness goals
Replace “I’m going to run 5km per day” with “I’m going to play squash with friends”. Chose resolutions that don’t require large commitments, such as, deciding to get out and go for a brisk walk when possible.
- Eat mindfully
Ask yourself: What does my body need to be nourished? What am I craving? Will I enjoy eating this? How will my body feel after I eat it?
- Try and save money
Sometimes, your rainy day fund can be a lifesaver. Don’t assume life will always be rosy. Prepare yourself for bad times, and you’ll eliminate much of the stress.
- Stop the negative talk
Studies show that even plants are adversely affected by negative talk, and flourish with verbal reassurance and expressions of love. If you can kill a flower with bad vibes, imagine what you’re doing to yourself if you constantly criticise your mirror image, or that of others.
- Step out of your comfort zone
Challenge yourself, even if you have setbacks.
- Don’t procrastinate
Change takes time. Get a head start on your personal journey, by grabbing every moment that comes.
- Learn to breathe properly
Shallow, or chest, breathing keeps your body in a high-stress, fight or flight mode. Slowing down and practice deep belly breathing can reduce stress and anxiety, and actually help you lose weight.
- Establish your health status
Learn what you need to improve for your health, and what you’re only improving for aesthetic reasons.
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