Celebrating new beginnings
January - a month of reflections, resolutions & fresh starts
January is the month we begin with a huge celebration for new beginnings, popping corks on champagne. It may also be the time some may be left with the nagging feeling of could haves and should haves. This time of year, we are all dying to hit the “reset” button, make New Year’s resolutions, and in the end, we have a hard time sticking to them.
Here some suggestions that are fairly easy to commit to and have the potential to bring change to your life in the New Year.
1. Eat more greens
Apart from the obvious health-reasons, making the conscious choice to eat more greens each day is also the best way to help out planet. Studies have shown that meat production is one of the leading causes of climate change, as well as water depletion, soil erosion, deforestation, and other environmental problems. Nowadays, healthy vegan or vegetarian choices are available in every restaurant, with every caterer or at every coffee shot- just take another look at the menu, or inquire about them.
2. Do something once a month that is out of your comfort zone
We are creatures of habit and we like to stick to what we know. It is comfortable, easy and does not scare us. For this coming year, make a point of trying something new each month. This keeps you mind open to new experiences and allows you to train your mind not be scared of anything new and unknown.
3. Commit to one evening per week without electronics
Silence is golden! Give it a go, try not to check your email or social media accounts, but instead, make a point of reading your favorite book, or meet up with your friends and talk. Not having 24 hour access to the internet was reality not too long ago and giving yourself a break from it will have wonderful effects on your mind.
4. Take a forest bath
Ever heard of forest bathing? Yes, it is a thing, at least in Japan. Shinrin-yoku, as it is called in Japanese, is a short, leisurely visit to the forest and studies have shown the benefits, such as reductions in stress, anger, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. Even if the weather is crappy, or you live in a city and nature is not as accessible, make a point of going outside. Stroll in the park, look at the trees, feel the sun on your skin and take a moment to calm down and just be.
5. Start a vision board
Make your intentions clear by writing them down. Creating a “vision board” for the new year helps you directing your energy in ways you actually want and it is also great fun to be crafty. Put the board somewhere visible, so you can look at your goals and visions, and leave space for additions and changes.
6. Make time for physical exercise
If you have not yet, make time to exercise more. Ever tried yoga? If not, sign up for a beginner’s course, or buy a monthly membership at your studio or gym. Committing financially to exercise usually helps sticking to it.
Good luck & Happy New Year!
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