Lets nail down those healthy New Year's HABITS!!!
New Year’s resolutions!
Whether it is because of the cliché or the feelings inside you, we are quick to reject resolutions for the New Year, with the fear of letting ourselves or others down. Making a list of resolutions actually is a really admirable tradition. It reflects the hope that with each turning year comes a chance to turn your life around. If you have ever made a resolution for the new year, it means you have believed in the chance at a fresh start to become the best version of yourself.
I know what you are thinking. If that is so, why is it that we almost always fail? Are we destined to lose our drive and conviction as the days/months go on? Are we just not good enough to be the people we want to be?
Before you start tossing out self-esteem and future goals, let us examine why you tend to fall short of your new year resolutions. There must be a reason. Maybe it is in the resolutions themselves. Maybe the resolutions are too abstract. Most times, we do not even know why we want to “do yoga every evening”, is it what our hearts are telling us to do? Can we really follow dreams if we do not know why we have them? When you start making your list it is important to know WHY you want that particular goal/resolution.
So, let us re-draft our lists with things that may be closer to our heart ((backed up by the why)) and closer to what we really want for the new year.
1. Listen to Yourself
What is it that your heart needs most right now? It could be a vacation you have put off because it was never a good time. It could be quitting your job and moving into something that lights up your soul. It could be coming up with the courage to paint again. Our hearts and minds are always telling us what we need, unfortunately we drown out our own thoughts and voices by the opinions of other people, clamoring in our ear. Make the commitment to give your own opinion first priority! Following your heart will make you feel the accomplishment you had missed out on with past resolutions.
2. Practice Random Acts of Kindness for Everyone
Kindness goes around in a circle. It is bound to come back to you sooner or later, whether as karmic balance of the universe or as the people you helped helping you back. It will refresh your soul and replenish your depleting self-esteem.
3. Be Kind to Yourself
Being kind to ourselves opens up to not only ourselves, but all the people around us. When we stop searching for someone else to treat us right, and give ourselves the love we deserve, we are left with the energy and ability to treat others better too.
4. Do one good thing for your body's health every day
Set a low-maintenance goal for yourself every day. Decide what that goal is going to be and commit to it. Soon you will find yourself doing it regularly. Even if it is drinking almost 8 glasses of water in a day, the closer you feel to your goal, the more likely you are to accomplish it.
5. Find one thing to be grateful for every day
When you make gratitude a habit, you open yourself to a revolution of perception. As the days progress, the extent of your gratitude will magnify. The wonder and appreciation you will create for life with this habit will open you up to pursuing other accomplishments. Maybe one day you will be grateful for the way you look/feel, you will love your body and treat it well, in turn losing the weight you wanted to get rid of from the beginning….. by just being good to yourself and not because of what someone else thinks.
I invite you to join my NEW private Facebook group Healthy Habits Hub, designed to help you make and follow through with healthy habits. This is a group designated for ladies only, so it is a safe place to grow and gain support for the changes you want to make in the 2018!! Click this link to join the group Healthy Habits Hub.