I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions.
I never keep them and, in a way, I don’t believe in the whole ‘new year, new me’ rubbish. You should always be trying to better yourself, even when it’s not the new year. You don’t get a re-start; every day counts.
But I did have a think, and a new year is a great excuse to implement some healthier life choices, day by day. Things that you won’t easily quit, and things that will make 2017, and onward, even better than 2016.
Unfollow Unattainable Fitness and Celebrity Instagram Accounts
2016 was the year of the fitness and wellbeing boom. Don’t get me wrong – this is a great thing to boom as it is beneficial to people’s physical wellbeing! However, this sudden boom, and the way that social media is so heavily edited, also means that it can be detrimental to people’s mental wellbeing.
I began to work out regularly mid way through 2015 and adopted it as a lifestyle once I got off the cruise ship at the beginning of 2016. I followed the instagram accounts of fitness superstars, and bought the foods they advertised, made the meals they photographed, lusted after (and sometimes bought) the clothing they took selfies in, and constantly compared myself to them and wondered why I couldn’t look the way they looked when I worked out so much and ate well.
The simple answer? Everything is heavily edited on social media. If you mess around with the editing effects on instagram, you can easily make your abs and muscles look way more defined than they actually are.
Also, these people are being paid to work out, and eat these products, and wear these expensive clothes!
After a while of stressing over not being able to fit workouts into my days when I was exhausted, finding it impossible to stick to meal plans when I was back and forth from London for auditions every week, and feeling guilty for going for drinks with my friends or out for dinner or lunch, I decided to take a step back. I unfollowed the many accounts I followed, I reduced my weekly workout load, and stopped giving myself a hard time. And I have been much happier and calmer since.
Unfollow these accounts now, and find a healthy lifestyle that is right for you; that isn’t influenced by brands.
On the same note, unfollow the fashion accounts that you are addicted to and keep causing you to spend your paycheck on clothes. Yours sincerely, a ‘Champagne and Chanel‘ addict.
Start Drinking lots of Water
We always get told this, but it really is an easy thing to implement in to your day to day life. The health benefits of drinking water make it worth it – think clearer skin, a healthier body, better hydration. Your body will thank you for it!
Drink Alcohol only at the Weekends
People who cut out alcohol notice the benefits within a couple of weeks. There aren’t really any benefits to alcohol on the body and mind, as much as we wish there were.
Now, I’m not someone who could give up alcohol because I actually really enjoy a good glass of wine, (it is my happy place), so I understand giving up alcohol can be a ‘no-go’ area. But if you want to be that little bit kinder to yourself, restrict your alcohol intake to only being at weekends. (And I don’t mean binge and make up for the other 5 days of the week in one go…) The little bit extra you can do for yourself, the better.
Take up a Hobby
You don’t have to take up a sport to have a hobby. It is all about finding something that you enjoy doing in your spare time. Whether that be picking up a pencil and doodling in a sketchbook (you don’t have to be any good at it), or going on walks around the area where you live (or further beyond), or maybe reading more books.
There is so much on offer to do around you, so there’s no excuse for being bored and having nothing to do. You can buy adult colouring books (which I’m a huge advocate for), you could join a local sports team that you used to love in high school, or maybe you could even start up your own blog if you enjoy writing. Even journalling in your own privacy is a hobby, and a very therapeutic one at that!
Wake Up Calmer
One of the best changes you can make to your daily routine is changing your alarm sound to something more soothing.
Having a loud, abrupt alarm wakes you up harshly and can be a bad way to start your day, as loud sounds can incite anxiety. However, by changing your alarm sound to something soft, that gradually gets louder, you will wake up slower and calmer, and wake up from your dream cycle more refreshed.
iPhone now has a ‘Bedtime’ option that allows you to set your wake-up time and your bedtime, to ensure you get as much sleep as you need, and you can also select from a number of music options that gently wake you.
Believe me, it is a game changer for waking up on ‘the right side of the bed’.
Do a Facebook Friend Clear-Out
We all are culprits of having more ‘facebook friends’ than we have actual friends in real life.
You accumulate as many ‘friends’ as you can in school as a representation of popularity, and then in adult life you continue to gain friends until you have an ungodly amount.
Facebook and social media in general are key causes of lapses in people’s mental health; we are always trying to portray our better lives to other people, and that is all we see of other people that we don’t see or speak to anymore. We hope that by showing how ‘great’ our lives are, that it is some form of ‘pay-back’ to those who towered over us earlier in life.
But let’s be real, there is nothing to be gained by keeping people you dislike on your ‘friends list’. Why not share your achievements, and life, with those who are actually a part of it? (And in a positive way!)
Take the time to gradually sort through your friend list and delete the people who don’t contribute to your actual life.
To make it a simpler task, work on different names in the alphabet daily until you have worked through your friend list, and delete the following people:
a) the school bullies
c) exes who have no part of your life now
d) people you don’t know
e) people you went to school with/worked with/did clubs with but never spoke to
Why would you want to share the details of your life with strangers and people you hate anyway?
Cuddle More Puppies
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Cuddle more puppies!
Whether they be your own, or a strangers. Cuddle as many puppies as you can.
They are ridiculously cute, always willing to give you love, and cuddling them releases endorphins in the brain.
So, GO! Cuddle all the puppies you can, and be instantly happier!
So there’s my selection of resolutions that can be easily adopted for 2017 that will help you on your way to a happier, healthier 2017 for your physical and mental wellbeing.
I’d love to hear other people’s New Year’s Resolutions – especially the attainable ones that you’ll definitely stick to! 🙂