New Year, New Ways to Feel Good
How many times have you made a long list of New Year’s resolutions and then found that you haven’t committed past the end of January? Rather than promising to do 101 different things in the New Year, instead try incorporating one positive new routine into 2021 and go from there! It’s all about taking that first step and we’ve outlined a few simple, yet effective, things you can try.
Take it Outside
Last year, we all spent a lot of time inside! Let’s view 2021 as the year of exploration and a chance to discover Australia’s incredible scenery and landscapes. Being in nature can have positive, calming effects on the mind and limit our stresses away from the day-to-day. Get a new pair of trainers and discover a new hiking trail, walk on the beach or any place away from what you’re used to and breathe in the fresh air.
Join a Class
New Year, new hobbies! Try something different this year and an easy way to do this is by joining a class. Get back into achieving your fitness goals by joining a group workout class such as Reformer Pilates or Yin Yoga. Or spark your creative side by trying a painting or pottery class. For those who didn’t join the baking revolution in 2020, sign up for a cooking class and learn how to make homemade pizza, bread or pasta!
Nourish your mind and body by choosing foods that both fill and fuel you at the same time. No need to redo your entire pantry and go hard with a totally new diet but there’s a reason people say variety is the spice of life! Incorporate variety in your diet by making sure there’s plenty of whole grains, lean sources of protein and good fats like avocado nuts and seeds. Start by making a simple addition, regularly – get more leafy greens onto your plate for their nutrient content, or boost your antioxidants by adding berries into your basket.
Sleep More Soundly
Our bodies need time to recover and if you’re prone to stress, you’ll need more time to rest and recover to ensure you don’t risk burn out. You may be getting eight hours of sleep but if you’re waking up tired, you’re probably not getting ‘quality’ sleep. There are a few things you can do to ensure a better sleep and the most effective one is to avoid screens at least an hour before bed as the blue UV light can affect your sleep. Why not try reading a book instead? You can also shift your exercise routine to the morning to give your body time enough time to recover and avoid eating at least two hours before sleep. Try a few of these tips before bed and see how much your sleep improves.
Read and Write For You
Less screen time equals more me time! Why not give yourself a break from scrolling newsfeeds or Instagram so you can read an inspiring biography such as Barack Obama’s A Promised Land or learn to be a better leader with Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead.
Consider keeping a journal next to you and writing down your thoughts… it could be what you are grateful for, or what you next wish to achieve. Journaling is a powerful tool with a multitude of benefits for your mental health. Take a look back at your journal down the line and remember how you were feeling so you can reflect on and celebrate how you’ve progressed.