The year 2019 has finally arrived, and it’s about that time where we reflect on new ways to start the year right in order to better ourselves, stay safe, and of course, be happy. But the big question is, how do we do that? What changes do we need to make in order to achieve all of those things and more?
Well, the best way to figure this out is to break everything down simply, and focus on all of these things individually so you can really look at what positive changes you can make.
Here are some examples to get you onto the right track.
Look after your body
Now is a better time than any to make a lifestyle change that betters your health. Looking after yourself is so important because you have the power to extend your life and make it more enjoyable just by what choices you make. The food you eat is essentially your driving force, so you want to make sure that you’re putting good things into your body that you require for it to work and function properly. Fruit, veggies, vitamins, minerals, and all the other good stuff is a must. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have your favourite naughty snacks once in a while, it just means have them in moderation. Pair that up with regular exercise to keep your heart pumping and your blood flowing, and you will feel great.
We all know that accidents can happen when we least expect, and when they do come about it can be a very difficult time and make you feel as if you have absolutely no control. And for the most part, that’s because there are in fact many things in life that we, unfortunately, have no control over, but because of this, you should ensure you focus on the things that you can. So if for example, you find yourself in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, and you’ve been hurt as a result, and your vehicle has been damaged – don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself – do something about it. These car accident lawyers are exactly who you need on your side to fight in your corner and get you all the compensation and care that you so rightly deserve.
Surround yourself with positivity
There is no better way to uplift your spirit and better your life, than by making sure you spend your time surrounded by positivity. This can mean a number of things, from the people you hang around with, to the job that you’re doing. If you have a career that brings you down and makes you dread waking up in the morning, then it’s time to find something else. Yes, money will always be an important factor, but happiness is something that you can’t live without otherwise there’s just no point to anything. So no matter how hard a decision may be, if you know deep down it isn’t right for you – change it.
The New Year’s Resolutions You Shouldn’t Make This Year (And We Ones We Should Make Instead)
As the year draws to a close, many of us are letting out our waistlines and carving new notches in our belts in anticipation of a few weeks of festive gluttony. “It’s okay”, we tell ourselves “I’ll get right on it in the New Year!”. Thus, we plan a long and extensive list of positive life changes that we tell ourselves we’ll make at the start of January. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with making positive life changes, but the concept of deferring them until the New Year may be wrong headed and even counterproductive. Here we’ll look at some of the resolutions we find ourselves making year on year that we absolutely should not make this year, as well as potentially more helpful and productive ones that we should make instead.
They’re a tradition that we’ve indulged in since the days of ancient Rome but, in the words of Tim Minchin, “I don’t believe just ‘cause ideas are tenacious that means that they’re worthy”. However well we may mean when we make them the simple fact is that our brains do not want us to keep them. They’re easy to make and rarely do we fully consider how difficult they may be to keep when we make them. Small and specific life changes are often way more effective. Thus…
Don’t: Say you’ll lose weight this year
It often has a starring role on the top of resolution lists but as frustrated as we may be with our bulging midriffs around this time of year, making a resolution to “lose weight” either through vigilant diet and exercise or a visit to a bariatric center is rarely a great idea. It’s fairly nebulous and we tend to go about it without having specific goals or a clear strategy of how we will meet them. Instead…
Do: Say you’ll make healthier food choices
Vague promises to ourselves about weight loss are rarely as effective as educating ourselves about healthier food choices and opting for them over the foods that we know will do us no good. Vow to cut down on or eliminate processed foods or join the Veganuary bandwagon since a vegan diet is proven to be the best for fat loss.
Don’t: Say you’ll land your dream job
This is another staple of the resolution list. While it’s certainly noble, it’s often not a promise that we can keep to ourselves, leaving us frustrated and saddened. An increasingly competitive job market means that even if your dream does job float along, you may, through no fault of your own, not land it. Instead…
Do: Say you’ll be happier at work
You may not be able to control the job market, but you can control your enjoyment of your current job. However monotonous or frustrating your job may be, there’s always something you can do to enjoy it more. Starting the day with a positive attitude, rewarding yourself for your achievements (however small they may be) and focusing your attention on colleagues and aspects of your job that bring you joy are often a far more achievable goal than waiting for your dream job to come along.
Is It Time To Be Thinking About The Whole New Year New You? Let’s Debate
November is here and while it may seem too early for some, many people are placing a lot of thought on the impending festive season and the celebratory New Year’s eve. While Christmas can be an amazing time to spend with family and friends, and enjoying loved ones company at many different festive parties and gatherings, there is nothing quite like that new year new start feeling, or is there?
So many people place a huge focus on new year and reel off as many new year resolutions as they can think of. While I don’t necessarily think there is anything wrong with this sort of behaviour, after all, wanting to better yourself in anyway can only be a positive experience, the whole debate I wanted to discuss was whether a new year new you is the right mentality? Is there too much pressure? Should we focus on small changes or go all out with big lifestyle choices? I thought I would explore some of the common new year resolutions when it comes to self improvement and perhaps provide an argument for them or against them in some way. Maybe it might help you decide how you want to tackle the whole self-improvement thing when the bell chimes midnight on the 31st.
So while new year’s represents the perfect opportunity to change your lifestyle, does it really need to be done? Is this whole new year new you thing the right approach? The truth is any change in lifestyle can actually be a positive experience, so considering this as your new year resolution or taking action with it right now could actually change your life for the better. Things like a different diet, maybe considering a plant based diet or cutting out certain aspects and ingredients could help to improve your health dramatically. It might be worth considering things like exercising more, being more active or improving your fitness levels. Again all positive lifestyle changes that can be made. A lifestyle change might be cutting out negativity in your life, or focusing more on the things that make you feel good. A new year new year lifestyle change could actually be a real positive experience to endure.
Changing your diet can work wonders
We may have loosely just visited this subject, but so many people base their resolutions on diet and more specifically losing weight. Is that really a healthy approach? Can what you intend to do in January really be sustained throughout the year? The truth is a diet change could have some major positive effects on your health, including helping you to lose a few pounds. But trying to drastically make a change with weight loss at the forefront of your motivation could end up causing you to fail at the first hurdle, which could impact you in other ways. Of course, losing weight is something that many people would like to do, but if you make that your sole intention, then it could end up causing more harm than good.
Tackling some of your own issues could boost your self-confidence
Maybe the new year means you want to focus on your own issues when it comes to self-confidence. Perhaps you really don’t like what you see in the mirror, or maybe there are certain areas on your body you don’t like. Perhaps you stomach is a problem area where companies like Dore Aesthetics could help resolve the issue. It might be that you aren’t happy with how you skin looks, or there is a problem with scarring from things like acne in the past. Taking action could provide you with real positive results, and that could be amazing. But again the best advice is to ensure that it isn’t your primary focus as it can end up consuming you.
Maybe you should start with small changes
So if you are still happy with that fact that the new year presents the perfect opportunity to make changes to how you look and feel then why does it need to be major changes that you implement on the 1st of January? A great tip is to focus on smaller changes that collectively can make an overall big impact on how you look and how you feel. For example, simply increasing your water intake daily could help improve your mood, the sleep quality you get and help with your skin tone and condition. Walking a little more often helps you on your way to become more active, which in turn helps you to feel more energised in the morning. Small changes can have a big impact on your life, and what you may find is that the smaller changes are far easier to stick with when implemented into your daily routine.
Is there too much pressure on the new year new you?
One subject that perhaps needs address is whether or not there is too much pressure on the whole new year new you mentality. If you have been happy with certain situations for the past twelve months why make that change right now? Is there just an underlying pressure to make a change because we feel we have no choice but to start January with a fresh approach? The truth is new year is a great chance to wipe the slate clean, and carry on as you intend to make the next year your best one yet. But try and avoid adding too much pressure on yourself, or feeling pressure from others to make changes you may not necessarily support. Is there a point that you could be making the change right now. Why wait for new year when you can start right now?
Is your mindset causing you the stumbling block to move forward
Finally, your mindset can be the biggest tool that helps or holds you back. A negative thought process can hinder your chances of success if you don’t believe in the change you want to make or want it enough. Changing your outlook could actually become part of your new year new you mentality? A positive approach to your thoughts and current life circumstances could help you to see things clearer.
I hope that this has sparked some thoughts about new year for you. I’d love to hear what your opinion is on the matter.
Want To Feel Stronger? It’s All In Your Bones (And These Great Exercises)
When most people embark upon an exercise plan, it is usually for one of two reasons: to improve general fitness, or for weight loss. There are hundreds of different diet and exercise plans that exist, written by various health professionals, which claim to give you great results. But as we are so focused on losing fat or gaining muscle, we often forget one other very important part of our bodies, and that is our bones. When you choose to invest time and effort into taking care of your bones, you are making a lifelong investment. We only have one set of bones to last us a lifetime, after all. Plus, what with many bone disorders being related to old age, keeping strong bones in your younger years can lower the risk of you being affected in the future. So if fitness is your thing, how can you switch up your workouts so that you focus more on building up bone strength?
If you love lifting weights, you will be pleased to know that this is an easy way to help promote bone strength and development. Any resistance caused by the lifting of weights strengthens the muscles and the tendons. As all our bones are surrounded by muscles and tendons which help our bones to work normally, this can help support them. However, be aware that lifting weights that are too heavy could cause damage to your bones, especially if you are not trained in how to lift correctly. Always speak to a professional before attempting any kind of weight training.
In order to build strong bones, it is best to engage in any activity that requires you to stand on your own two feet. This could be something such as running, or you may choose to take part in a fitness-based class such as Zumba. When you are supporting your own bodyweight, your feet and your legs have to work harder, in turn making them stronger. You should be able to do these exercises for a fairly long period of time providing that the impact of them is not too high. For example, running for a long time on a very hard surface can put you at risk of shin splints, so be mindful of where you are exercising. Taking some time out and learning the bones can help you understand what is good for your body and what isn’t.
Sometimes, our bones can come into difficulty, or perhaps we have an accident that causes a fracture. If this is something that has happened to you, you may think that you need to avoid exercise for the foreseeable future. Whilst it is advisable to let your body rest and recover after an injury, there are still some workouts you can do that will keep your bones healthy even in ‘time off’. These are low intensity exercises such as swimming and cycling – basically anything that doesn’t ‘jolt’ the skeleton too much. Stick with these until you are fully recovered and then you can go back to your usual routine.