Whether you want to get fitter, spend less money, be kinder to others- we all want to make changes and the new year is a great time to start. However there is a fine line between practicing self-care, and pushing yourself too hard in the gym, restricting your diet, or working too many hours at the office. It is easy to tip the balance too far. Let’s make 2019 the year of positivity, self-love and releasing our true potential.
And Here’s How:
Moderation is the key to achieving balance in all aspects of life. Too much of anything can become unhealthy, which is why it is important to be mindful of our actions, and whether or not the outcome will be positive. If you make a mistake at work, eat one too many cookies, or act in a way that you are not happy about, think of what you would say to someone close to you, and how you would help them in that situation. Offer yourself the same advice. That it is ok, it is not the end of the world, and tomorrow is a new day.
Try Something New– Take up a new hobby such as a cooking course, art class or try Tai Chi. Tai Chi is great for the mind, body and spirit. This calming ‘meditation in motion’ is extremely beneficial for our physical and mental wellbeing and provides a constructive way of unwinding.
Get Creative- Adult mindfulness colouring books have become extremely popular in helping to de-stress and relax. With beautifully drawn art therapy designs appealing to all ages, these artistic images are fun to colour, whilst simultaneously taking your mind into a state of balance and calm. Make and arts and crafts night with friends.
Write A Journal: Writing down your thoughts and feelings as well as tasks for each day can be a very productive way to reflect. The Happiness Planner is a brilliant diary that incorporates the practices of positive thinking, positive affirmations, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development into the daily and weekly/monthly pages.
Most importantly of all – fall in love with yourself this year!!