Have you given up on setting your new year resolutions? Well, cliché as it may sound, new year’s resolutions can be a powerful process of setting yourself up for success!
Writing down your goals, creating a course of action may help lead to a more focused mindset, which in turn produces a clearer state of mind and results.
Well, to help you get stared in 2018, let us share with you some of the best and most achievable resolutions for you to consider:
1. Start your morning Right!
We know not all of us are morning people. Not all of us can jump out of bed fresh every morning, rearing to go. If this sounds dreadful to you, please hold your horses and read on - the way we live our mornings sets the tone for the rest of our day. Powerful enough? Let’s do a simple imagination exercise.
Scenario A: You woke up feeling like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of bed, then you leave your house only to be caught up in a traffic jam. When you arrive late (looking frantic) and scurrying into your office, your boss drops an urgent assignment on you, on top of your regular work. You feel overwhelmed.
Scenario B: You woke up feeling that this is going to be a great day. You realised there is a traffic jam, so you text your office to inform you may be late coming in. You arrived in office slightly delayed but not frantic as you’ve informed your team. Your boss comes by and informs you of an urgent assignment, you see this as a challenge and are excited to start it.
Of course, we all like to be the one in scenario B. How do we get there? By starting the morning right. Some suggestions include fuelling your body with healthy food and hydration, trying an inspiring practice such as a five-minute meditation, listening to inspiring music, or a few minutes of stretching exercises. Just five minutes is enough, try it!
2. Load your fridge with REAL Food
You eat what is in your fridge. So, stocking up your fridge with clean, whole non-processed foods is a great first-step to healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. This includes a balance of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein; skip the processed microwave dinners, cakes, sweets. Your body will thank you for it at the end of the year!
3. Be kind to Yourself
Most of the time, we are our own biggest critic. Many a times we condemn ourselves for our mistakes so badly even long after it’s been done and over. In societies, we have been brought up to be kind and often reminded to be kind to other people. How about ourselves? This year, make a resolution to be kind to yourself. Give yourself time, and be patient with yourself, be it time to get into shape of to ditch unhealthy habits. Realise that failure is not fatal, but persistence is key. As long as you are making progress in your goals, give yourself a pat on your shoulder.
4. Pursue your Passions
We’re all busy with work and life every day. But it is important to set aside time for our passion too. When we do the things we enjoy, we feel energised and refreshed, it’s good for our overall sense of well-being. Whether it's gardening, hiking, playing cards, or cooking; make time for things you enjoy. A great way to create more time for things you love is to regularly go through your calendar and eliminate anything that's not important to you. Learn to ‘declutter’ your schedule to have more time for yourself.
5. Go on a Holiday
Occasionally, do something different: Go somewhere different, eat something different, experience something new. Travelling is the best way to do that. We are so caught up in our own world and the society we live in, sometimes it’s good to look at things from a different perspective. This usually occurs when we foray into a foreign land.
6. Get Fit
Get fit does not mean you need to do a marathon or triathlon this year. You can start by walking a block or two every day, or to do 15-minutes of stretching or yoga a day. Whatever your fitness level is, set specific and realistic fitness goals for yourself. In this way, it is not just an ambiguous resolution, such as to lose weight, to flatten my tummy. Ultimately, getting fit serves our body well and when we feel healthier with more activity and healthy eating, we have more energy to enjoy life. If you need to, find the best time or group fitness class that fits your schedule. You'll meet a network of people that have similar fitness routines and the same workout schedule. The more the merrier."
There you have it, realistic resolutions set for the new year. How do you feel about them? What other resolutions do you have? Do share with us.