Welcome to the New Year!
As we are now halfway through the first month of the new year it is important to remember the reason we set and strive for new goals. Maybe we made some decision the past few months that weren’t best for us and we want to make a change. It is a common theme to make that goals and plan as the new year approaches. But the truth is we must remember we can make these changes at any point in time. It doesn’t need to be a new year to implement change. So, give yourself grace if you aren’t quite reaching those goals yet, give yourself time to get used to a new routine and make sure it is attainable and something that will benefit you. Not just something you think is supposed to happen in the new year. Below are some of our favorite little changes that we like to start with to create a routine and healthy lifestyle we can stick to!
This is something that can be as simple as jotting down a few thoughts at the start of your day and go if a recap of your day. Whatever you decide to write down make sure to see how it makes you feel, does writing your intentions for the day seem to help? If so great, you found something that you can take 5 minutes each day and do for yourself alone. If it’s not helpful to you, keep searching for that ritual that does feel good to you!
- Wake up to the same routine:
This is the hardest for me because I am not a morning person, but I do find that waking up and allowing time in my morning before I must get to work or start my day is the most helpful for me to have a rewarding day. So, I get myself up, wash my face and enjoy coffee with my book for a few chapters each morning. This is my morning routine; it is simple and easy to repeat each day. Find your routine, incorporate what is important to you and you will see what a different it makes!
- Pick and day to plan:
Another simple thing I find helpful for my week is to take 10 minutes and plan what my meals are going to be, for me this simply means I write down what I want for each dinner and then the ingredients I will need for those meals. This way I don’t have to think each day what to make for dinner, I already did that brainstorming and then I can plan my shopping list accordingly. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always follow this plan to a T. If a day gets a bit busier than I expected I have no problem deterring my plan for that day and picking up a pizza. It is important to allow yourself grace and flexibility!
- Expand yourself:
Do something once a week that is out of your comfort zone. It can be as simple as try a new genre of book, switch up your route when walking your dog. Talk to someone at the grocery start, compliment someone. Whatever it is just do something that you wouldn’t normally do. It is crazy how much you will learn about yourself and how much this little activity will help you grow.