And Hello 2023 🍾
Here’s to a fabulous year ahead.
I do hope that you are all feeling refreshed and have enjoyed some well-deserved rest over the last few weeks.
As we shift gracefully into the start of another year, I think NOW is the perfect time to talk about Habits.
We are all defined by a series of habits – some good, some bad, some conscious, some unconscious – that we practice every day.
Establishing positive daily habits helps nurture our mindset and are essential for a happy and healthy life. And there is no better way to consciously choose who we want to BE than paying more attention to the habits we live by.
Once established, even the simplest of habits can help you live a life of improved health, mental wellness, and overall happiness.
Let’s start with the easiest to implement:
1. Get Enough Sleep
If you want to be healthy and feel your best, mentally and physically, sleep must be a priority. So make sure that you are getting enough of it.
2. Establish a Morning Routine
So many of us press snooze too many times and find ourselves rushing around first thing in the morning. That’s no way to start the day. Commit to setting aside time for a morning routine – even if it means waking up 30 minutes earlier to enjoy a coffee and read a few pages of your book. Whatever you do, choose something that allows you to ease yourself into an otherwise busy day.
3. Get Outside Daily
Don’t underestimate the power of fresh air. Time spent in nature has been shown to lower stress and improve mood. Getting outside for a few minutes per day is an incredibly simple and easy habit for improved wellbeing.
I love to journal. And when I make the time for it, it sets me up for a great day. If you are new to journaling, why not give it a try and start by listing 10 things about your life that you can be grateful for.
“Where FOCUS goes, ENERGY FLOWS”
By taking 5-10 minutes per day to write your list, you will notice things around you improve – simply because you are developing the habit of focusing on all the good things in your life.
It takes only a few minutes and can totally change your perspective.
5. Limit Screentime
No matter who you are, it is likely that in today’s world you spend at least SOME of your day looking at a screen. On its own, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But, if we cross the line into TOO much screen time, we may experience a negative impact.
Your own screentime limits will be personal to you. But maybe you need to set some boundaries around social media consumption. Or maybe you need to limit your TV time and discover some great tunes instead. Or a mix of both.
Formulate personal goals for your own screentime that make you feel good. Aim to spend less time looking at a screen and more time looking at the world.
6. Do Something you LOVE
How easy it is to fall into the trap of waking up each day and immediately getting to work on your TO DO list. But how much time do you spend each day doing something that you LOVE?
Maybe it’s time to find a hobby.
Something that fulfils you. Maybe it’s drawing, reading, writing, hiking, designing or photography, – find what makes YOU feel fulfilled and make it a habit to make time for that every day.
If you are interested in committing to change in 2023, then don’t get overwhelmed and try to change everything at once.
How about you select one new habit per month and practice it daily, then you can add to it each month by introducing another… and so on.
I’ve detailed 6 new habits above and will share a further 6 in the next newsletter.
Feel free to make these habits your own – work with those that resonate, or alter them to fit your lifestyle.
x Until next time, sending you love x
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