For the majority of people, the new year is a time for making changes, starting over and reinventing themselves.
We all fall in to the trap of making these extravagant promises to learn new languages, visit new places, spend more time with loved ones. Even though these promises are made with the best of intentions (you can see mine here), statistics show that before January is over many of these promises will have been broken.
Don’t be hard on yourself. It happens.
This year, and to kick off my Mindful Mondays series, I thought I’d suggest some resolutions that are easy to keep and can be undertaken by everyone.
1. Meditate – I’m not suggesting that you join a yoga retreat, unless that’s your thing of course. Meditation is great as it can be done anywhere and at any time (although I suggest using caution when in a crowded place or on public transport.) It can be as simple as:
– standing in the shower and imagining all of the negativity washing away
– going for a walk and concentrating on the feeling of the wind on your face.
Just try and allow yourself a few minutes each day to concentrate on positive thoughts or even to completely empty your mind. Whatever it is that centres you back in the moment, that’s your meditation.
2. Eat Healthy – We all struggle with eating our 5-a-day, or maybe that’s just me, but it’s important to remember to fuel your body correctly. Healthy eating really does have an effect on your mood and general well-being, so make sure that you look after the core components!
3. Appreciate the Sunrise – No, you don’t have to get up at dawn for this one. Simply, be grateful for each day. Times can be tough, moods can be low and it can be hard to see the good in anything but I challenge anyone not to see the beauty in a sunrise.
4. Challenge Yourself – Say yes to more things (safety permitting and within reason). If there’s something that you’ve always wanted to do but have been afraid, go do it! Stop listening to the negative committee in your head that tells you you’re not good enough. You are good enough. You are the best version of you. Get out there and have fun!
(UPDATE: As suggested by the lovely Kerri at Crumbs in the Bed, it’s also ok to say No to things. If you need some time by yourself, take it. Don’t be afraid to turn down invitations. Be honest & open. People will understand.)
Next week I’ll be taking a look at what it really means to be mindful. I hope to see you then.
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