Hi lovelies! So 2018 has finally rolled around, how are we all feeling about it? I’m honestly excited for this year, I can’t wait to see what new adventures it has in store. Every year, I see the “new year, new me” motto, but a few weeks into the new year almost everyone seems to have given up or to be having a bad/rough start to the year. This year though, that doesn’t have to be you or me. I’m going to tell you how to skip out on that rough start. It’s all about your mindsets, people, and the goals you set.
Here’s how to make 2018 your best year yet.
1. Reflect on 2017
The first thing you should be doing is reflecting on your year. Self-reflection or year-end reflection is very very important if you want to enter 2018 on the right foot. Think about where you were on January 1st of 2017, and really accept everything that has happened throughout the year – both the good and the bad. It’s only once you’ve come to terms with 2017 that you can enter the new year with a clear mind.
2. Invest in Your Body and Skin
This will be the year you get on track with your skin and body and put your needs first. With everyday stress, it’s so common that we let go of taking care of ourselves, but it’s time to fix that.
3. Prioritize Sleep
I cannot stress this enough, make sleep a priority. Yes, most of us have very busy schedules, but find any way to prioritize sleep to make sure you get no less than 7 hours at the minimum. Whether you have to incorporate naps into your schedule, sleep earlier, or wake up later, make it happen.
4. Focus on Hydration
If you’ve heard that water is the key to almost everything, believe it. Proper hydration can result in so many wondrous things happening for your body, skin, and health – you wouldn’t want to miss out on that.
5. Set Realistic Goals + Resolutions
With everyone setting new year’s resolutions, it’s not uncommon for most of us to get ahead of ourselves by setting unrealistic goals. It’s something I do very often myself. This year set proper goals for yourself, and keep them private. A study shows that people are more likely to achieve their goals if kept private, and I can back this one up.
6. Set A Priority List
While you have your list of goals, it’s even more important to have a priority list in order to stay grounded, and have an idea of what’s more important, while working towards said goals. Don’t lose sight of what you have right now in the process of chasing what’s still far away.
7. Find Healthy Alternatives to Cravings
Now, as a fitness junkie, I’m telling you guys – this will change your life. For some people it might not be easy in the beginning, but your body, skin, and mind will thank you later on. Also, your cravings might just indicate that you’re more dehydrated than you are hungry.
If you don’t already, you should start now. Working out holds a tonne of health benefits, and this too will lead you to the path to living your best life. Try it for at least 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week, for 30 days and see the difference.
9. Unplug Often
Unplug everyday for at least an hour. Spend some time alone or with those you love, and even though it’s the slightest difference, it’ll change your life for the better.
10. Practice Mindfulness + Meditate
Practice mindfulness wherever you are, whatever time of day it is. And what better way to de-stress after a long day than to meditate Meditating calms you internally, and if done before sleeping, you’ll have the best sleep ever. Trust me on that one.
11. Be Positive and Quit Complaining
No matter how positive you are or try to be, complaining ruins everything. Again, trust me on this. Both go hand in hand, positivity and no complaining. Yes, sometimes it can be really really hard to stay positive, but you have to try. Stop worrying about things, “What worries you masters you”.
12. Set A ‘De-Stressing’ Routine
Figure out your best way to de-stress, make a plan and stick to it.
Try journaling once every day. Writing out your thoughts, goals, feelings, or whatever else can help eliminate stress and can actually have positive benefits.
14. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. It’s the only way you’ll learn new things and make this a memory-filled year.
15. Practice Single Tasking
All of us are prone to multitasking and taking too much on our heads, and it just leads to us being stressed and overwhelmed. Why do that to ourselves? It’s a very unhealthy habit that has to be cut out at one point. Practice single-tasking, and write everything down in a to-do list, so it’s easier to handle one task at a time.
The overall idea is to focus on personal development, focus on growing and bettering yourself as a person. By implementing these habits into your everyday life, you’ll soon be on your way to having your best year yet.
Let me know what you think!