I always think why wait, why not start now. Why do we have to wait for an imaginary deadline?
It is the perfect time to be a little more intentional with our actions because it helps set the tone for the rest of the year and it helps to put us in a better headspace.
I feel like towards the end of the year a lot of people tend to become a bit introspective, they start to consider goals or things they might want to be doing next year.
Mindfulness is having an awareness of our surroundings and of what is happening around us. It is an awareness of the decisions that we make and how they might affect our well being.
Everyone has different structured lifestyle but regardless we can still have some control over what we can choose to do. Explore these healthy habits to inspire you to start your new year.
Learn To Go To Bed Earlier
You’re going to feel far more refreshed if you get a proper night sleep. I know it is sometimes easier said than done but it really does make a big difference and how your morning is going to feel.
If you don’t get enough sleep, you are opening yourself to a whole range of health problems so getting some rest should be considered and an important thing to work on.
Tidying up a little bit the night before so that you’re going to wake up to a more organised space. Preparing ingredients for breakfast or preparing your lunch at night or setting out your clothes are some other things you can do to help give you a little bit more time in the morning so that you are not rushed.
A lot of people want to start getting fit in the New Year after binge eating all the mouth-watering food during the holidays but you can really start it now.
If you don’t want to go to the gym, find something else that you enjoy instead. It’s about getting your body moving.
Review your goals and your intentions for the day. This might mean reviewing your to-do list, either reviewing what’s on your calendar or jotting down a few notes or even asking yourself what it is that you want to get out of your day.
A short minute or two of mindfulness meditation or gratitude can also help wonders to create that calm and intentional headspace.
Sit down and take the time to eat your meal without being rushed. This has far more benefits than you may realise.
Being present makes food more enjoyable to consume because you are to notice taste and texture, less stress around mealtime.
Chewing your food thoroughly also means better digestion and a homemade breakfast means better nutrition as we avoid take out from drive thru or coffee shops.
If it helps prepping your breakfast the night before or batch cooking some recipes for the week or making a recipe in a slow cooker overnight or whipping up something quick like a smoothie in the morning. These are all great ways to help breakfast time easier for you.
Make your coffee or your tea at home as opposed to take out. Enjoy whichever ritual you have around this. The key here is to take time and sit down and enjoy it slowly before you need to head out and start your day.
Phone And Social Media Diet
Give yourself some time before checking your phone.
This is something that very easily turns into mindless scrolling even if it is just 15 or 30 minutes where you can be more present with your other tasks before checking your phone.
It makes a big difference in allowing us to be more mindful because unfortunately our phones and any other form of technology are quite often mindfulness thieves.
I also noticed that people who spend a large amount of time on their phones often said they don’t have enough time in the day to do things.
Keeping your phone away from your bedside at night can help stop you from grabbing it first thing in the morning. So either putting it across the room or downstairs or in any other room or charging it elsewhere. It’s amazing how much time you have.
Science Behind Gratitude
Practice gratitude in every way possible. Notice and reflect upon things that you are thankful for everyday. It’s quite difficult to feel depressed or sorry for yourself when you are feeling gratitude.
I never understood this phrase until the day i had to send off my parents at Los Angeles Airport for their flight back home. Physically, i wanted to cry but i could not. Then, i realised this is how it felt when your heart is so full of gratitude that you can not feel any emptiness. My sadness was overpowered by my gratitude that my parents were able to visit us for a short period of time.
Be the change you want to see in the world by making gratitude a part of each day.
“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it.”