New Year, New You.
10 New Year’s Resolutions
Big or small, you are setting your mind to the challenge of change. This will help you both grow as a person and expand your horizons.
Even setting a small goal of not running late or waking up earlier can have a large impact on mental health.
If you are yet to set a resolution for the new year, here are my top 10.
They are simple yet effective and I promise they will shift your life the in most positive of ways.
1. Smile more.
Smile at strangers even if they don’t smile back.
2. Stop being late!
The stress of being late is so unnecessary. Arrive a little early, this way you have time to reflect on what you are about to get done and approach it in a more relaxed and positive way.
3. Less screen time - read more books.
Less screen time can have incredible benefits. You may find a general reduction in anxiety and learn new things about yourself and the world. Putting down the phone may help boost your imagination and let you understand people and the world more (more time for 'watching the world go by!) I find it really opens my mind and I can articulate myself in a stronger way too.
Do something to help that has no materialistic return.
5. Start up a new hobby.
Anything! Reading, sewing, knitting, bird watching... literally anything your heart desires.
6. Exercise more.
Not to be “fit” or “skinny”.
Just get out into nature, go on a bush walk and get some fresh air. We spend so much of our lives inside and you will find so many positive benefits from even a 20 minute walk a day.
7. Wake up earlier.
Even 15 minutes earlier.
You tend to make better decisions, will feel less rushed and think more clearly.
8. Don’t hold grudges.
Even against the person who barged past you at the train station and knocked the coffee out of your hand and didn’t say sorry. We have to remember that we don’t know what that person is going through - maybe their wife is in labour and they are rushing to the hospital or maybe someone they love just passed away... we don’t know what is happening in their lives.
9. Spend more time with family.
Making time for family is so important, these are the people who will be there no matter what the situation and have cared for you your whole life. It's important you nourish the relationships that mean the most, even if that means giving family a call more regularly to see how they are... it makes a huge difference.
10. Save more money.
Make a budget, put aside a percentage of your income each week to save for that house or boat.
But don’t forget about a fun fund, if you put $20 into a box each week, in a year that is $1,040 you could spend on return flights to Thailand including accommodation!