The start of a new year is often a time of reflection and consideration. We like to reflect on the year that’s just been, and consider how we can improve and grow as individuals in the following twelve months. Not only is January 2021 the start of a new year, but it’s especially prominent given the immense challenges we have faced in 2020 and the uncertainty we are all facing as we look to the year ahead.
New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to set out your intentions for the year, and start yourself on a path that you may not have considered before. If you are struggling to think of your resolutions this year, we have some ideas to help you improve your overall wellbeing – all of which are easy to try even if you are beginning the year in lockdown. Following just one, or a few of these resolutions with help you feel more motivated, clear your mind, relax you and give you that boost of energy that will be needed for the next twelve months.
Meditation is one of the simplest, but most effective forms of self-care you can do. It has proven benefits to your health, wellbeing and mindfulness including stress and anxiety relief, pain relief, aids sleep and improves your attention span. The purpose of meditating is to clear your head of the thoughts and feelings that are negatively impacting your life. It is your time to let go of anything holding you back.
Meditation can be done whenever and wherever you like. You can meditate with or without music, and there are hundreds of guided meditations available for free online. Making time each day for just a short 5-minute meditation will noticeably improve your wellbeing.
In today’s busy world, we often don’t get time to express ourselves and be creative. Creativity is a great way to become more mindful and improve your wellbeing. There are many activities that you can do on a daily basis that will allow you to use your creative muscles. This can include:
- Art (drawing, painting, sculpture)
- Adult colouring books
- Knitting or embroidery
Despite it being crucial for our physical health, exercise is also vital for our mental health and wellbeing. Adopting exercise into your daily routine does not mean you need to start training for a marathon. Simply going for a brisk walk in your lunch break, or playing a sport that you enjoy all counts towards activity, that will, in turn, make you feel great.
When you exercise, your body releases hormones that make you feel uplifted, energised and much more positive. Just getting some fresh air outdoors can do this too, so make sure you get out of the house or office at least once during the day.
Grounding is a term that is well-known in the holistic and spiritual world, but it can, and should be adapted into daily life for everyone. Grounding is when you take a moment to centre yourself and be thankful for everything in your life. With our busy schedules, we can often become ungrounded and this is when you feel agitated, stressed and unstable. Take a moment each day to simply ground yourself. You can do this, for example, by imagining tree roots growing from your feet through to the ground.
No matter which resolution you have decided on, make 2021 the year that you grow, improve and become a stronger person. Keep your health and wellbeing at the front of your mind throughout the year, and always make time for you.