It’s that time of year again. Do you have your new year resolutions ready? I’ve never been especially good at doing these lists, but I thought I’d make a contribution for those trying to set goals for 2018.
To be honest, any time is a good time to make a change. You don’t need to start eating healthily or go to the gym on a Monday, or next month, or next year… But for some people, new year gives them the little push they need. And that’s 100% all right. Just trying to make any positive changes is a big step towards a healthier or happier life.
That’s why I wanted to write this post and encourage you to stick to your resolutions. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t keep with every one of them the first month. Instead, maybe add one a month and by next summer you’ll be well on your way to becoming a new person.
So, here are my five resolutions for 2018:
- I want to be healthierThis has to be the number 1 resolution of every person I know! After a month of indulging, drinking alcohol and being less active, many of us crave a healthier start to the year.You can start with the most common things like eating more greens, drinking more water and staying away as much as possible from sugar and white flour.
But if you’d like to go the extra mile and treat your body right, I’d recommend you trying Veganuary. Veganuary means going vegan in January. Why should you try?
– Vegans have a lower BMI than vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores. Vegan diets can help you lose more weight that other diets because vegetables contain fewer calories. This can make you feel fuller even though you eat less.
– You’ll eat more nutritionally dense foods that can help you feel better. This can not only affect how you look but also how you feel. This diet can give you more energy, and this might improve your mood and help you to be active.
– You’ll have so much fun discovering new recipes, learning about food and introducing these meals to your friends and family.
It’s a great way to start and it’s just a month trial (though I’d encourage you to stay vegan, of course). Remember that going vegan is not only good for you; it’s also good for the animals and the planet. Everybody wins!
- I want to practise more self-loveI was going to include exercise as one of my resolutions. But then I realised how we sometimes don’t love ourselves enough, and how exercise can turns into something negative. When we over-eat at Christmas, we tend to torture ourselves because we’ve gained a bit of weight. But it’s important to indulge and enjoy time with our loved ones. A couple of pounds won’t kill you. It’s ok. Chill.I think it’s more important to focus on practising self-love and self-acceptance. When we want to change our bodies completely, we tend to make negative comments about how we look. Enough of that.
When we cultivate love from within it’s easier to treat our bodies right. You need to like your body BEFORE you lose the weight you want to lose, otherwise you’ll never be happy with it. Enjoy the process and be kind to yourself.
- I want to be more productiveThis one is definitely one of my new year’s resolutions. I waste so much time scrolling down on social media every day… I want to change this. And I have a plan:- I’ll stop checking Instagram first thing in the morning. This will allow me to use my peak concentration time to do things like writing, studying or exercising.
– I’ll make to-do lists every day (or almost every day), to set goals. I’ve already started (I’m a bit impatient). Just making a list of a couple of things I want to do every day helps me to stay focused and work on the big goals.
– Have more breaks. I spend loads of time on my desk working and I’d love to take more regular breaks to go for walks. After a couple of hours, I feel I can’t work more. I think having 20-minute walks around the neighbourhood will make me go back to work and be productive after clearing my mind.
- I want to be more grateful“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~William PennThis one should be the number one resolution for everyone. We tend to focus on the negative things that happen to us and take for granted everything that’s good in our lives. I have so many things to be grateful for. So many things to celebrate. So many blessing to focus on.
We have everything to be happy with within ourselves. We just need to be able to stop for a minute when we only see the bad things that happen in our life, and replace all our complaints with gratitude.
- I want to cultivate a personal development practiceI love this new year resolution! I find everything that has to do with personal growth so fascinating. There are three ways to practice personal development:-Physical aka looking after your body. Treating your body like a temple is life changing. Nourish and move your body. Re-read tip number 1 now and find a way to stay active through your day.
–Spiritual. Doesn’t matter what you believe in. Whether you’re religious or not. As humans I believe we need some sort of spirituality to help us to nourish our mind, discover our passion and stay focused. I think turning inwards sometimes answers all our questions. That’s why I love meditation. I find meditation helps me to stay awake and excited about life.. It keeps me positive and motivated and hungry to learn new things.
–Mental appetite. Feed your brain! This is something I’ve discovered recently. If you want to become an expert around running, read about running, listen to podcasts about running, etc. I once read that it’s almost a sin to be bored with all the things we could learn! Feed your brain great information and see your life change.
These are my top five new year resolutions to become a better person. I hope you’re able to add a couple to your list and make the 2018 a greater year!
I wanted to finish this post thanking all of you for all your support since I started this blog in September. I’m learning, shaping this blog and finding my voice all the time, but I’m incredibly happy you’re here with me on this journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope you have a great start to the year.