Here we are, at the start of a fresh new year.
There’s no denying there’s something exciting about the start of the year. There’s a sense of possibility. A chance to start over. To try new things and leave old habits in the past.
But it can also be a little overwhelming, don’t you think?
All this talk about ‘new year, new me’ and pressure to share your new year’s resolutions with friends, family and the online world. It can be a little much. Speaking of which…
Rewind to the start of 2016. For me personally and a lot of other people, we thought it was going to be the best year ever.
I started the year with high hopes, lofty goals and a list of resolutions a mile long. And then life happened. 2016 ended up being my most difficult and challenging year yet. I limped towards the finishing line, goals and resolutions long forgotten, totally exhausted – mentally, physically and emotionally.
I’m doing things a little differently. Take a look…
Do you like my concept?
Three for Me – Body, Mind and Soul.
Want in? Here are a few ideas to get you started…
For me it’s about moving every day. I’ve re-joined the gym and have eased my way back into regular workouts. On the days I don’t get to the gym or don’t feel like going, I’ll move in other ways such as going for a walk or having a good stretch session at home.
Other ways you can look after your body in 2017:
- Have a medical check-up
- Join a fitness class you’ve always wanted to try
- Make healthier food choices
- Introduce walking meetings at work
- Review your private health insurance
When it comes to my mind, it’s the fittest part of me – it constantly races at a million miles an hour! This year, I plan to give it some rest by putting the screen down earlier each night and picking up a book. I used to love reading as a kid but as an adult, I’ve let life get in the way of a good book. That changes in 2017!
More ways you can take care of your mind this year:
- Learn a language
- Do puzzles, crosswords, soduku
- Make your mental health a priority
- Sign up for a course in photography, cooking, crochet…
- Write a journal and let your thoughts pour out onto the pages
Soul is another word I like to use for emotional wellbeing. In the spirit of taking care of my health, I also plan on carving out time in the day to be still, drop the stress levels and get back to a place of Zen by regularly meditating. Allowing myself to stop, close my eyes and just concentrate on breathing in and out.
Other ways you can nurture your soul in 2017:
- Schedule regular catch-ups with your girlfriends
- Listen to your favourite music every day
- Arrange a Date Night with your partner each month
- Dance, sing, play!
- Book into a health retreat
Set yourself up for success in 2017:
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Turns out I’m not the only one on this little choo-choo train of thought.
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