Happy New Year beautiful! No matter what kind of year you had in 2018, it’s time to draw a line under it and move into 2019 as best you can. If you’re like me and find that setting resolutions helps you to to focus your mind on what you want to achieve in the next 13 month’s, here are 5 ideas for resolutions that could help you have your best year yet!
Social Media Swap
I’m a firm believer that who you follow has a massive impact on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Believe it or not, we’re all influencers. The things we post online have an impact on others, even if we (or they) don’t know it.
If your social media feeds are constantly brimming with images of thin tanned bodies, cocktails on yachts, and designer bags bursting with the latest and greatest make up products, it won’t take long before you’re feeling pretty shit about life.
On the other hand, if your social media feeds are constantly brimming with images of beautiful, intelligent women with bodies like yours, living lives like yours, sharing positive messages and showing you that you’re not alone, it won’t take long before you’re feeling happy, fulfilled and positive about life.
Swapping accounts that cause the former for accounts that cause the latter is a brilliant way to kick off a new year. It’s quick and easy to do, and you’ll be amazed by how excited you get by the refreshing content that begins to fill your feeds!
If you’re looking for ideas on who to follow in 2019, check out my blog post sharing my favorite Instagram accounts here!
I’ve said it many, many times before and I’ll say it many, many times again; affirmations are the secret to changing your beliefs.
Whether you want to become more financially disciplined, tackle your disordered eating, or get out of a career rut you’ve been stuck in for years, affirmations cam play a huge role in creating change.
They don’t cost anything, they don’t require time or energy. All you need is a clear intention and plenty of patience.
Sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? Self Dating is a term I use to describe spending alone time with myself. But it’s not just any alone time. It’s time I’ve planned to spend alone, doing the things I enjoy.
My idea of a great Self Date is going to the cinema by myself. One of my friends loves to schedule a couple of hours once a month to go to a shopping centre, switch off her phone and peruse the shops at her leisure. Another friend of mine loves to set aside time to bake at home alone.
The options are endless really. There is one thing that they all have in common though; Self Dating is planned ahead of time. It might be planned a few days in advance, or it could be a month. Either way, it’s something you look forward to.
The great thing about Self Dating is that it’s all about you. You don’t have to concern yourself with anyone else. There’s no pressure or anxiety. You get to do what you want, how you want, without having to keep a single soul happy, other than your own.
I try to squeeze in one Self Date each month, but I have to admit that I could prioritize it more. If you’re looking for New Year’s resolution ideas that will improve your mental health, this one could be for you!
Another of my absolute, all-time favorite self care tools, meditation is something that we can all benefit from. Meditating gives us a chance to take a much needed break from social media, work emails, texts from our mother’s and never ending laundry.
This much needed break gives us an opportunity to breath in silence, take control of our thoughts and feelings, detach ourselves from the rough day we might be having, or the anger at others we might be feeling, and return to a place of peace, calm and self love.
I know meditation can be intimidating to people who are trying it for the first time, but it’s so much easier than it seems. That’s why I created this blog post to share my tips on developing a long lasting meditation practice of your own.
Its no secret that I love a bit of gratitude journaling. It’s not just me who loves it though. In fact, gratitude practice has become a well known mental health tool and studies have proven it’s ability to reduce stress and anxiety and boos positivity and optimism.
Personally, I like to be quite ritualistic with my gratitude journaling. I like to light candles, play a particular self care playlist on my phone, apply my skin care products and then lie down on my bed with my journal. I then fill one page with things I’m grateful for that day.
Sometimes I’m grateful for “big picture” things like the fact that I live in a country that isn’t war torn or vulnerable to natural disasters. Other days I can only think of “little picture” things like the fact that I showered that day, or that I mustered up the energy to cook dinner instead of wasting money on a takeaway. Some days are easier than others, of course. But I generally find that once I get going, I manage to fill a page pretty quickly.
Whether you get all ritualistic with like me, or just choose to simply create a handy little gratitude list in the Notes app of your phone, cultivating gratitude in 2019 will surely help you to feel more positive and optimistic than ever!