New Year, new you right? Well that can be a bit hard when you don’t know where to start. So what are your goals this year? Do you want to have better sleeping habits, what about eating better or maybe you want to finally exercise more.
Last year, I tried out a few apps to help me keep my habits in check and for the most part it work. (Pay no attention to the 6 pounds gained) I wanted to form better sleeping habits and to exercise more. Did it go as planned? HECK NO! But what I did learn was a valuable lesson in being kind to myself.
I am not the nicest individual when it comes to self encouragement and for those of you who know me personally this may come as a shock to you, but it’s the truth. For me, when I step on the scale and see the numbers going in the opposite direction that I want it to, I get pissed. *Cue internal screaming* These “bad” habits of self torture was getting me nowhere, so I decided to change.
About the middle of last year I decided to be kinder to myself. I wanted to be able to grow as a person and as a friend. So I stepped back from the aggressive me and let the peaceful version of myself take over. I took a deep dive into what I wanted out of life and where I wanted to go in the next 30 years. They say if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Do I know exactly where I want to go in the next few years? Nope, but now I have an outline.
I want to be physically stronger and healthier. I want my finances to smile at me when I look at my bank account instead of the abundance of zeros before the before the place value of 1. Will I always be able to be positive and kind? Nope. Sometimes life can really kick you in the balls and that’s the honest truth.
I have a lot of advice that I can pass on but who say you will actually read them. I don’t know but it’s worth a shot.
- Be kind to yourself. No self hate or degrading language when you make a mistake.
- Eat whole foods. Take time to read the labels and know what’s going into your body.
- Find a support group. The journey to change can be quite tiresome and it’s a lot easier when you have a good support system.
- Take time to decompress. Life is stressful. Stress is stressful, so take time to relax your mind and gain some emotional intelligence points. You will thank me later.
- Do things you like with people you like. Life is too short to be bothered with things and people you don’t like. Find people who you can share your crazy with and life will get a whole lot better.
- Follow this blog to get your encouragement and a smiley face every now and then
Life isn’t always easy but taking things on day at a time can really make a difference. Remember that your decisions today make your life tomorrow. No pressure, right?