A New Year, A New You?
Transformative Habits for a Better Life
The new year is just around the corner, and that means it's time for reflection and re-evaluation. After all, our habits form our life, personality, and happiness, and the new year offers the promise of a blank slate. But according to Inc.com, over 80% of new year’s resolutions are abandoned by the second week of January.
Work on Your Relationship with Yourself
Self-esteem and self-love aren’t easy to come by. Instead, they require work - just like any other relationship. According to VeryWell Mind, cultivating a positive relationship with yourself will help boost your confidence at work, increase overall life satisfaction, and give you the motivation to get through big hurdles. Try reading a self-improvement book for 30 minutes a day, or journal your thoughts each morning. Give yourself the time to connect with your thoughts and feelings, and you’ll have the best relationship of your life.
Harness the Power of Tech
We live in the age of technology - so why not use technology to improve our every day? There are so many options out there to support your habits. For example, use a smartwatch to monitor your health, workout, and goals. You could even get the kids involved with a kid-friendly smartwatch that has parental controls, medical ID, and GPS features in case there’s an emergency.
Get Out in Nature
Nature is the best healer. Scenic views, natural beauty, and lots of sunshine are a great way to boost your happiness and fulfillment levels. Combine some movement outdoors for endorphins, and you have a great tool to improve your mental health. But the great outdoors has other benefits too. Healthy habits like hiking and biking, or adventure sports like kayaking and skiing are an excellent way to keep physically fit, but also give you the challenge to keep you motivated through the year.
Create a Nightly Routine
Replace unhealthy nighttime habits like snacking, drinking, and social media scrolling by setting aside a couple of minutes each night for yourself. Set your alarms, do some breathwork, or journal. Perhaps relish in your skincare or enjoy some light stretches. It could even be something as simple as giving yourself a massage or moisturizing your body! Practice any self-care that is relaxing to you in the evening to banish stress the next morning.
We all have trouble saying no. But retaining our doormat tendencies through our varied relationships in life will lead to stress, anxiety, and eventually burnout. The toll of being a ‘yes man’ will hit you eventually, which is why it’s better to prioritize your personal boundaries sooner rather than later. If you don’t want to do something, learn the art of gently refusing - respectfully, of course.
Drink More Water
Drinking water is a great way to boost your immune system and get your digestion going. If you are struggling with getting enough water every day, try this simple trick to drink more. Keep a glass of water on your bedside, so that when you wake up, you would have gotten some water first thing. For the rest of the day, keep a water bottle around and continue taking sips. You’ll get your daily water dose in no time this way.
It’s best to start thinking about your habits and goals well before the new year. This will allow you to start implementing small changes from the get-go, rather than waiting for the calendar to flip to 2022. Because the ‘all in’ approach, without balance and a gradual transition is destined for failure. So go slow and keep at it - happy new year!
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