I’m not a huge fan of making New Year resolutions. I tend to focus on Goals. I feel that so many people set a New Year’s resolution and by mid-January, they’ve completely forgotten about it.
So what does the word resolution actually mean?
According to Oxford Dictionaries, it means A firm decision to do or not do something.
Now, as a life coach, I know that decision making is super important. I think that over the years, the words New Year’s Resolution has lost its impact, so how about instead, saying “This year I have made a decision to…”
Here are 3 New Year resolutions that I think are well worth sticking to this year.
1. Love myself more (Self-care and self-love)
I’ve made a decision to focus more on myself. This means learning to love myself more and take even better care of myself. These are both things I’ve worked on in previous years, so I’m not just starting out with this one.
One of the questions I regularly ask myself is “What do I need to do for myself to be my best?”
The answer might be as simple as making sure I get 7-8 hours sleep every night, drink more water or take a day off to go and do something I really enjoy.
It might be to go and get a complete health check or book an eye test.
So many people don’t prioritize themselves. In an order of importance, they put themselves at the bottom of the pile and often end up feeling exhausted, unloved and uncared for. You see, when we don’t value ourselves and give time to ourselves, it actually becomes hard for others to show us care and love – Even if they’re trying to, we tend to block it when we don’t love, care for and value ourselves.
Many years ago, someone gave me some me this advice and I’ve shared this same advice with so many other people since that time.
Put yourself at the top of the pile, take care of yourself first, then and only then can you really help others.
I can tell you that this wasn’t a natural or easy thing for me to do at that time but I knew what I was doing wasn’t working, so I made a decision to put myself first. And this is still something I do. I’ve got much better at it. And I know when I forget and start prioritizing everyone else and everything else, things start going wrong for me and everyone around me.
I encourage you to make yourself a priority for the year ahead and always.
2. Eat better – Learn more about the foods you eat and what works for your body
Pay attention to what food and drinks feel like when you eat them. How does your body respond?
My decision is to eat better foods not necessarily less food.
I personally aim for 6 meals a day. Here’s an example.
Breakfast – Oats with some fruit.
Mid-morning snack – A handful of nuts and some fruit or veggie sticks
Lunch – Tuna salad
Mid-afternoon snack – bowl of homemade soup
Evening meal – Chicken, baked potato, sweetcorn, and asparagus with a side sauce
Supper – 3 oatcakes with pate
Please note that I am definitely not a health expert, this is simply what I find works for me.
Some days I eat more and some days I eat less. I try to always listen to what my body needs and I encourage you to do the same.
I also make sure that I’m drinking plenty of water throughout the day too as this makes a huge difference to the way I feel and the kind of foods I choose.
AFFIRMATION: I nourish and cherish my body.
“The first wealth is health.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. Get Active
I have to tell you I’m not a fan of exercise in general but because my day to day work means I spend a lot of time sat down working on the laptop, I need to make sure really focus on adding physical exercise into my day to day life.
I encourage you to find what works for you and what you enjoy. I know that if I plan a long daily walk with my dog, it feels like too much time out of my workday, so I plan a couple of shorter walks. He’s happy and I get moving more often.
I love dancing around listening to my favourite music, so I make sure I add time for this to most days and I’ve recently found a fantastic YouTube channel with workouts I really enjoy and they don’t take up much of my time daily. Check out Lucy’s Squad on YouTube. Lucy focuses very much on creating a positive attitude and that’s what I love about her videos. I also wrote a blog post about exercises for people who don’t like to exercise.
My decision is to prioritize getting active every day. I know by doing this I feel better, I’m healthier and this impacts all areas of my life.
AFFIRMATION: I look for ways to enjoy getting active every day.
What are your New Year resolutions? What have you decided to do or stop doing?
Whatever it is, I wish you every happiness and success in all areas of your life.
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