Now that we’re part way through 2019, you might be at the point where your commitment to your New Year’s resolutions is fading. Most people set goals for themselves in January, but struggle to keep their actions aligned to these preferred outcomes over the long term.
As a result, this could be the time when you really need some inspiration to help you get back on track. Health Wisdom Magazine’s editor Elanya van Heerden has some ideas for how you can live your best life and be happy this year. Read on for Part 1 of her Editor’s Top Tips.
Clear the clutter
It’s something you’ve heard time and time again – get rid of clutter in your home if you want a happier life. This isn’t just a platitude thrown around for no good reason, though. Lots of clutter in our environments makes us more stressed and less able to think clearly, focus, and feel at peace. Clutter costs us time, as we have to search for items we need, and it even contributes to the accumulation of dust and dirt in the home.
To achieve your best life, take time to dispose of all those possessions taking up not just physical space but also mental space for you. Whichever way you choose to declutter, the end- result is guaranteed to make you feel less stressed, more creative and even more energized.
Take small steps to improve your health
It’s easy to take good health for granted, but once we get sick we always realise just how important being healthy really is. To live your best life this year, take charge of your wellbeing. To avoid overwhelm, adopt the kaizen mindset. That is, take consistent, small, achievable steps to better health. Doing this allows your brain to tiptoe past the fear centres which often cause flight or fight responses.
Choose one thing to do ASAP to take control of your health. For example, for me it was taking nutritional supplements religiously every day. Once I was able to turn this into a solid habit, I took another small baby step in the right health direction.
Other ideas include:
- Committing to a daily 1 minute walk – yes, just one minute, no more!
- Leaving one, yes, just one bite of food on your plate. Once you get used to leaving one bite behind, leave two bites behind. This is a sneaky way to reduce your portion size without feeling like you’re missing out.
- Go to bed one minute earlier than your normal bed time. Do this for as long as it takes to become a habit, before you add another minute to your earlier
Get rid of clutter if you want a happier life
Make Time for Yourself
With all of us being so busy these days and having lots of commitments to juggle, it can be hard to stop and take time for ourselves. However, in order to live your best life, this is vital. The airplane oxygen mask analogy is a good one to consider. During the safety instructions at the start of a flight, we’re instructed to place oxygen masks over our own faces first, in the event of an emergency, and then helping children or others around us. The reason for this is if you lose consciousness from a lack of oxygen, you simply won’t be of any use to any one, including yourself!
The same is true in life. To handle all your responsibilities, you must take time to recharge your batteries regularly. You’re worth it, and owe it to yourself and your loved ones. Once you’ve taken a half-hour bubble bath, had a massage to ease your aching muscles, or gone for a run, for example, you’ll be a calmer, more level-headed person who is fun to be around. Commit to regularly doing something that brings peace and joy to your day, that’s just for you.
Read on in Issue 3 of Health Wisdom Magazine for Part 2!