Are all of your belly’s feeling full after this past weekends festivities? I hope so! I myself am still working off the several pounds of mashed potatoes I consumed…Anyway, moving on.
I can only imagine the last thing on everyone’s mind right now is food. In fact, now that Christmas is over and New Year’s is looming in the very near future, you’re all probably hearing your conscience telling you to hit the gym ‘x’ amount of times a week in 2017 (if you’re not already). Perhaps you also plan on starting that diet, budgeting more, traveling more, spending less time on social media/TV or maybe even learning a new language. Those are all wonderful resolutions, and if you are up for it then you should definitely set them and strive to achieve them- but unfortunately, they are some of the most broken resolutions you can make! Below I have compiled a list that may be a bit easier to achieve.
- Make time for yourself: I know it may seem selfish, but in today’s society we tend to neglect ourselves in some way. Take a minute, observe from an objective position. What could you do to make yourself healthier and happier? How much time in a day will you allot yourself to this activity? Would the time be spent linearly, or spread throughout the day at random? Some ideas could simply include enjoying a consistent and relaxing night time ritual, reading a chapter of a book before work, during lunch, while the kiddos are napping, etc. Don’t overthink it. What simple thing do you enjoy? Will it benefit you physically, mentally, or both? If you can answer those questions positively, you’ve found a resolution.
- Practice gratefulness: Another wildly underused practice. Everyone’s walk in life is so different. We all experience trauma’s, joy’s, obstacles and triumphs- and to further muddle things, each individual handles these situations differently. We can look at our neighbour and see a bigger house, a better job, nicer clothes or car; but does that mean that person doesn’t experience doubt, pain and adversities of some sort? Absolutely not. On the other end of spectrum, you may look to your side and see someone with very little possessions or available opportunities- but does that mean they don’t feel confidence, joy and success in some aspect(s) of life? No. The reality is, we all have something to be grateful for, even on our worst day. Whether you want to write it down in a diary, type it into the notes app on your phone, or simply think it to yourself- pick one thing in your day that you are thankful for. Another person, food, water, music, or even life in it’s the simplest forms (oxygen, gravity). At the very least, there is always something in our lives that if we did not have, we wouldn’t be able to go on.
- Humanitarianism: This ties in a little bit with my last suggestion and does not have to be complicated. Humanitarianism is to express kindness, genuine sympathy, getting someone to laugh or smile, among other possibilities. The best part? This can be done through words or actions, anonymously or publicly. The options really are endless. Be kind to a customer service worker, compliment someone you know on their outfit or idea, buy the order for the person behind you in the drive thru if you’re able, lend a listening ear to someone in need; and if you can, try volunteering your time or donating to a charity. Try doing one thing a day, and eventually it will become second nature.
- A project: A new Year’s resolution should be something that is kept up all year long! it’s not something that should be given up just because there doesn’t seem to be an immediate gain from it. That being said, try to narrow it down to a project you can do from home and on your own terms. For me, it’s this blog; for you, it could be doing a puzzle, writing a book, painting or drawing a picture, reading a series, or really anything that isn’t on a fixed schedule. If it takes you a year to complete your project, or even a year to get it off the ground, you’ve still accomplished something
- Love: Too simple? Maybe it is, but it’s what makes life worth living. Love comes in many different forms, so specifics will be different from person to person. Love your partner, your friend, your family member, your pet, your hobbies, nature, a song, a book, a TV show, a picture, YOURSELF! Let yourself feel love, no matter how big, small, clear or confusing.
Let me know in the comments if you’re making a resolution(s) this year, and if so, what is it?