We are fast appraising the end of another year, and it doesn’t seem possible to think that Christmas is just around the corner, and then the new year will be upon us! It feels like it’s gone so fast. This time of year is a busy one for many. With preparations for the festive season, with commitments and things that need to be done. But it is also the ideal time to start thinking about any goals and resolutions yo set back in January, and perhaps start to decide what focus you may have next year.
There are so many things that you can do, and many people can often feel trapped by their circumstances and not go for anything too big, through fear of failure or rejection. However, there is no reason why you can’t do the things you want to do. Be that to lose a certain amount of weight, to run a marathon, to travel to a particular destination, for example. Your lifestyle can have a huge impact on that, and often making changes to it can help you to achieve your goals. Setting resolutions can feel quite pressuring, so a great tip would be to try and implement some of these changes and reap the rewards of the benefits you will feel from them. With that in mind, here are some of the lifestyle changes that you can make that will have a huge impact on your health, your wealth and above all else your happiness- I hope to implement some of these too!
Start exercising more
We may as well start with one of the obvious lifestyle changes you can make and what can be a huge focus for many at this time of year. Your fitness levels. There is no secret that gym membership sales have their biggest figures during the month of January as many people feel that they may have overindulged during the festive period. However, what you may find is going head first into some sort of exercise regime will be too much too soon, and many just give up. So instead take a different approach and just make a promise to be more active. It might mean going for a walk each day. Stretching first thing in the morning (I really need to do more of this!) or going out for a run. The small changes that you make that remain consistent in your routine will go on to have a greater benefit in the future.
Think about what you put into your body
Another popular focus for many at this time of year is what you eat, and it certainly can be a time where you try different methods to kickstart a weight loss regime. It could be a crazy juicing diet, detox, or you may even deny yourself certain food groups. However, what so many people find is that although these diets and fads can give you great results at first, they can’t be sustained, and you then end up in a similar position as when you started. So instead, this time focus on a well-balanced diet and make that part of a lifestyle change. Have those little indulgences, but increase the amount of good stuff you eat. Combine it with a more active lifestyle approach we discussed earlier and you will find that you feel satisfied and look good at the same time. You could even use the new year as an opportunity to change your diet completely, perhaps focusing on a plant based diet, vegetarianism or cutting out meat and still eating fish. The options are endless and the benefits could be the impact you need to feel better about yourself.
Get a pet in your life
Getting a pet can be a big decision to make, so it isn’t something you should rush into. You have to ensure that you can commit to the responsibility, can afford it, and have all of the right space and things that pets may need. However, a pet can transform your home life. It can be a great way to encourage you to be more active, for example, walking a dog. But it can also help combat other emotions that can have a serious impact on our mental health like anxiety, depression or loneliness. It is, however,a big decision to make. So ensure that you are in a position to be able to offer a pet a loving and stable home. This may even mean thinking about things such as your job, the time they may spend on their own, who will help look after the pet and whether you can fully give it what it needs.
Consider different ways to calm your mind
Another thing to consider would be your mindset. The brain can be one of the most overworked organs in your body if you count not only the good emotions we feel, but also the bad things such as worry, stress, and anxiety. So make it your mission to calm the mind next year and you may see some great improvements in other aspects of your life. One of the first things to figure out would be if there is anything triggering a negative mindset, most commonly things like anxiety and stress, and trying to avoid the factors that add to those feelings. You may want to try different methods that can help alleviate some of the symptoms such as CBD oil or holistic therapies that have proven to work well. Yoga and meditation are also great things for this, but you could also think about trying a positive approach to life and feeling grateful for all the things you do have. A gratitude journal is a great way to inherit the behaviour of feeling thankful for all the good things in your life.
Being aware of your environment
This may sound like a strange lifestyle change to make, but it is actually very important. Sure your actions and the things you say can impact your life, but so can your surroundings. So it may be time to start thinking about whether your environment is having a positive or negative impact on your health and how you feel about it. For example, your work could be causing you stress and anxiety, it may not be the job itself, but the people you work with and the office environment. This might mean that changing jobs and working for someone else may help you to feel happier and more content, because of the change in environment. The same can be said for where you live and your home. Is your home giving you that comfort? Is your home giving you that happiness? Is the location you love what you want it to be? Sometimes you need to ask yourself the questions in terms of the places you are to find that actually making some changes can impact you in a positive way, and who knows what lies around the corner?
Get more sleep
There is no hiding from the fact that so many of us would like a little more sleep in our lives. Of course, you can do the obvious thing that would mean going to bed a little earlier, but is it really going to be the right thing for you? Instead, why not focus on getting a better quality of sleep. That means developing a bedtime routine just for you. Shutting off the technology at least an hour before bed. Relaxing in a warm bath and drinking a warm drink instead of something alcoholic or caffeinated. Getting better sleep can drastically change your mood and energy levels, which ultimately could have a positive effect on other aspects of your life. It may seem difficult, but sleep can be one of the best cures for many hardships in our lives. Be that illness, mental health and also stress.
Say yes more
Could you say yes more? Are you one of those people who are afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone or taking that leap of faith? If this sounds like you then maybe a good approach to the year would be to say yes more. Yes to that night out. Yes to that night in. Yes to a holiday, or yes to more responsibility at work. Yes, yes, yes. Of course, Don’t do things that feel forced. But if it is a situation that you think you may regret it if you don’t say yes have the courage to just do it.
Know when to say no
Finally, on the opposite end of the scale you have people who just can’t say no. They say yes if it means inconveniencing them and they don’t want to do it. They say yes when they don’t want to do something. So a good lifestyle change for you would be to decide whether you should in some cases be saying no. Think about yourself and your family instead of others. It could really change the way you approach life.
Let’s hope that some of these options have you considering other ways to take on the year ahead and make those lifestyle changes that will have a big impact.