I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. To me, they seem to have negative connotations, emphasizing that you need to change something about your life because you’re doing it wrong. You’re too fat, you’re not being healthy, you’re not well-travelled, etc etc.
I like the idea of doing things that make you a better you. Easy aspirations. Things that make you feel happy and have positive associations.
I’ve seen some great goals going around on social media which have helped inspire me, so here are some ideas that you may want to try.
Say no. Stop saying yes to everything if it is making you feel overwhelmed, stressed, undervalued and tired. No one has time to feel like crap, so stop doing it.
Find your favourite comedy on DVD and get a copy, try finding funny clips on YouTube – think ones of crazy goats bouncing, cats doing silly things, comedian skits etc, buy tickets to a local comedy gig.
Look after you. However you do self-care, book more in for you. Whether it is having a regular manicure, an uninterrupted bubble bath, going for a walk on the beach or baking your favourite dessert, do something regularly that helps you to reenergize. A friend of mine goes to Latin dance classes every week!
Unfollow pages and people who don’t make you feel good.
Support a local charity or organization that does good things in your community. This might be through putting together a hamper of non-perishable foods for your local food bank, donating blood, donating clothes you no longer need to a crisis accommodation centre or something else that you’re passionate about. This year, I’m getting our toilet paper through Who Gives a Crap with 50% of profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in developing countries. We also support The Nappy Collective and Share the Dignity for their major collection drives each year.
Make more balance in your life. As an example, we’re eating dinner 15 minutes later than what we used to, to have some family Lego time when we get home from work.
Write a letter to a friend. Old school snail mail, not an email.
Find an exercise that you enjoy. Check out your local gym for free come and try days, free community exercise groups, YouTube videos etc. Did you play a sport you loved when you were in high school? Do you watch your kids dance class and wish they had an adult class, too?
Stop trying to be Superwoman. She is not real. You are, and can’t do everything. That is ok.
Get more sleep.
I’d love to hear what you’re trying to do more of in 2018!
Make sure you’re following Life, kids and a glass of red on Facebook!