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A More Mindful New Year

Mindful New Year

Happy new year! We are less than a week into 2020 and already we’ve been hit by all the cheesy and unrealistic #NewYearNewYou campaigns.

We all enter the new year with a new sense of purpose and optimism. Our energy levels and motivation feel at an all-time high and we fall victim to societal pressure to make the big changes in our lives.

Well, we are giving you permission to stop. You don’t need to set yourself out-of-reach targets that you are destined to break in a matter of weeks, but instead let’s take a more general approach and try to be more mindful in our approach to the new year.

Me, Myself and I

We don’t want a *new* you, let’s just work on the old one. Find what focuses you and what are you passionate about? Take the opportunity to build on your inner self, strength and resilience.

Maybe it’s ‘sustainability’. If so, you can find ways to be living more sustainably, follow key eco-influencers and reflect on your existing daily habits. There are lots of initiatives surrounding sustainability so pick one and explore it, whether its Zero Waste, Minimalism or going Plastic Free!

You could choose a more generic detox. Maybe you’ve become glued to your phone and online platforms. Take a break or limit your daily screen time. This will give you time to engage in the real world, go for a walk in the local park or take a friend for coffee, you’ll be surprised how refreshing it is to detach from the digital sphere we are all so invested in these days.

If your diet is something you’d like to work on then steer clear of restriction. Cutting out or quitting a whole food group in one swift swoop is rarely the answer. Instead set goals to cut down.

If you want to move to a more vegetarian lifestyle then why not try #MeatFreeMondays and go from there. Introduce yourself to some new meals and recipes and soon you’ll be where you want to be with minimal cravings. Moderation is key.

Move More

Weight loss is one of the top resolutions every year, but many of us will fall at the first hurdle. Maybe you’ve opted to join the gym but it’s either too busy or it just isn’t your cup-of-tea? That’s OK.

Whether it’s walking, running or even trying a new sport, any kind of movement or exercise you can incorporate into your daily routine will be beneficial to your mental healthy and wellbeing. Take 30 minutes out of your evening binge-watching and get moving!

Protect the Planet

Becoming a conscious consumer might not be on everyone’s mind in the new year, but change is coming. The plastic straw ban comes into full effect from April 2020 and it’s only a matter of time until the government increases its environmental measures which will help protect this wonderful planet we live on. Start the decade right and get involved.

I guess what we are trying to say is, the small changes matter. A more mindful approach to the new year will see you feeling revitalised rather than demotivated and saddened by the broken resolutions you so eager set just weeks before. This year is your year.

Above image is Figure 1: Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

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