Updated: Mar 29, 2020
As we start the New Year we may have considered some changes that we would like to make. These changes may include reviewing what is important in life and what is not. Below are some tips on how we can look after ourselves right from the beginning of the New Year!
Taking each moment with equanimity with no expectations.
When we put expectations onto experiences, others and ourselves this can then cause us to feel conflicted with a sense of unease. Allowing to see how things naturally unfold gives us permission to step back and put down the reigns of control down.
Letting things go – asking yourself does it matter and is there anything you can do about it?
Make a list of the things that do matter vs. what doesn’t – see where it ranks
Putting boundaries in place that are good for you
This helps build confidence and self-compassion. Once you know your boundaries or limits, you can help guide others and let them know where you stand.
Considering your communication with others
As Socrates once said consider your choice of words following these questions: “Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?” If not then reflect on the purpose of what you are about to say.
Recalling what we have to be grateful for in life
We tend naturally to veer towards the negatives, which can set us off into a spiral. The more good we recognise in life - however small – the more positive we become.
Start a new hobby or interest
Have a go at doing something you want to try out - whether it is big or small.
A good way to reflect and to recognise patterns of behaviour in ourselves. Only once we are aware can we make changes. A good companion for self-development.
Getting some exercise
Choosing an activity like going to the gym or getting out into nature for a walk has many benefits for the mind and the body. An additional bonus will include meeting new people and expand our social circles
Keeping a relatively strict sleeping routine
Keeping to a good routine allows one to have a set pattern allowing the mind and body to regenerate fully for the next day. Seven to nine hours is average for most individuals to recuperate fully. Try including something relaxing 30 minutes before bedtime to help you unwind.
Having some protected time away from our devices allows us to not only have a much-needed break from the digital world, but also allows us to recognise what is going on in the present moment