The festive season is behind us; we’ve opened the gifts and eaten the chocolate and now it’s back to work a little heavier around the waist and if that isn’t bad enough, the credit card bills are trickling in, who doesn’t dislike January? Well perhaps it’s time to start thinking about the month as a ‘reset’: a month where we can set the tone for the rest of the year. The new year holds so much promise and opportunity, so let’s change the way our mind is set with these easy steps:
Ditch the New Year’s resolutions and start a new habit instead. Research tells us it takes 60 days to create a routine, so pick one area and focus on one thing for the next 60 days! Before you know it March will roll around and you will have accomplished something you can be proud of.
Start thinking about your next vacation and set a travel goal for yourself. Consider going somewhere exotic or think about a trip where you can volunteer and travel. The difference with a volunteer vacation rather than a traditional vacation is that you will come home recharged with a sense of purpose.
Spring clean: get rid of the clutter in your life. If you haven’t used it in 9 months – chuck it! A tidy and clutter free home is liberating. Take pictures of your house then study them and ask youself: what looks crowded, untidy or out of place? Start here and get purging.
This one is a no-brainer! We all need exercise, and nobody should have to tell you the benefits of being active 3 times (or more) a week. It’s amazing what a walk, yoga class or gym can do to help you feel like you’re on top of the world. Get your body moving.
Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight and it’s something we should add to our diet, (especially in the winters). Getting a reasonable amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth as well it helps fight depression and disease can aid in weight loss.
Finally, remember the calendar is just a calendar. Reflect on what you want most for yourself for the next year. Progress takes time and if you just work on getting into the habit of doing some of the things we mentioned, you have already pressed the 2019 reset button.