Happy 2016! Have you made any resolutions? The new year is a great time to evaluate where you are and make adjustments. Here are 5 simple things to consider implementing to make this a great year:
Get Better Sleep Go to sleep and get up at about the same time every day, and have simple rituals for each. Before you go to sleep at night, what do you do? Read? Stretch? Meditate? Make lists for tomorrow?
Having a bedtime you maintain on a regular basis can help your days go better. Try not to watch tv or look at a screen for at least an hour before you retire, cause that can keep you awake. What do you do every day when you wake up? Do you meditate? Exercise? Read the paper with a cup of coffee? Having a morning ritual can help get your head right for your day. If you don’t have a ritual, consider creating a morning routine to get you going on the right foot.
Move Your Body Find what type of exercise your body likes, and do it a couple times a week. You’ll be amazed how good it makes you feel.
Walking? Running? Yoga? Pilates? Kickboxing? Dancing? Once you’ve found the activities that work best for you, commit to doing them 3 or 4 times a week. If you can’t decide on only one, all the better! Mix them up to keep it interesting! You will sleep better, feel better, and live longer!
Keep it positive! Be conscious of your trending mood, and take steps to catch negativity before it snowballs. That’s not to say you can’t have bad times, but don’t wallow, and bring your thoughts and focus back up as soon as you can.
Find Your Joy Learn to say NO to things that don’t serve you. Figuring out what makes you happy and what brings you down is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Try a Beginner’s Mind “Each time for the first time. Each moment the only moment.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Approaching things we think we know all about with a “beginner’s mind” can expand our understanding and change our experience of a situation, creating new possibilities and solutions that we didn’t see before.
“The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now.” – Robert G. Ingersoll
Happy New Year! May this be your best year yet…