Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a lovely holiday season, spent some time relaxing with friends and family and indulged in your favourite holiday treats! Now that it is January, I am sure many of you are making New Year's resolutions or have been inundated with requests to join detoxes, cleanses, or intense workout programs to “get back on track.” This is why I am not a big fan of New Year's resolutions. They usually mean restrictive diets and gyms packed to capacity for a few short weeks but, living a healthy lifestyle is much more than that. My goal for this year is to be nicer to myself and set simple goals outside of diet and exercise and I encourage you to join me in doing the same!
I have decided that this year is going to be my year of “Less.” I actually got this idea from a podcast and it resonated with me so well, I knew it was what I needed to do. I know that sounds counterintuitive to do less as a goal, but for me I have the tendency to take on too much and always find myself moving at 1000 miles per hour which has caused my stress levels to get so high it has really affected my health. So this year my goal is to do less:
I am going to try and worry less. Stop dwelling on what is out of my control and concentrate on what I can do. One thing I have committed to doing is journaling daily (I use the Five Minute Journal) which is a great stress reducing activity.
This one is going to be tough for me as I love shopping but I want to stop accumulating unneeded “things”. Now that I live with my boyfriend we have limited space in our one bedroom apartment so I have to be very conscious of buying new things, as something new means that something else needs to go.
I am great at doing 100 things at once but in order to be more present, I am committing to reducing distractions. Focusing on one thing at a time will allow me to actually get more done. This also means less technology, especially when spending time with friends and family.
Anyone that knows me well knows I love my calendar and that it is always filled up. Scheduling, is how I get a lot done, but when my calendar is packed, I have no time for myself. I want to stop filling up my calendar too much, so that I have more time to relax and therefore help me with number one – less stress.
Do you use a word to define your year? What is one thing you want to do less of this year?