It’s hard to believe that 2019 is here! With every new year comes new resolutions. I have never been big on making New Year’s resolutions. Maybe because I think they are silly. Maybe because I am afraid of the failure to keep my resolution. Or maybe it’s because I never know what exactly I want my resolution to be. But during the last few weeks of 2018 I found myself taking some time to reflect on the year, all it has brought me, and how I can improve my life in 2019.
This year I have grown in so many different ways. While graduating, leaving all my closest friends to move to a new city, and starting my first “big girl” job has brought me many challenges, I am forever grateful for the growth I have experienced. When we are faced with big life transitions, such as graduating or moving to a new place, we tend to be very hard on ourselves, which pairs very well with stress and anxiety. This past year I have worked very hard and coached myself on improving my overall quality of life. It’s the little things you can do that have the ability to turn your whole day around, you don’t always need a fancy spa weekend or a retreat to de-stress … although that would be really nice!
This year, I have decided to dedicate my New Year’s resolution to focusing on how I can further improve my health, comfort, and happiness. I want to continue practicing and improving the different techniques and routines that I have adopted that have enhanced many aspects in my life this past year. Today, I want to share with you a few of my favorite ways to de-stress, relax, and take a break:
- Meditation was something I never thought I would enjoy or thought I was “good” at. Turns out, you don’t have to be “good” at it and it’s AMAZING. All it takes is a few minutes of practice per day. I recommend the meditation app Headspace, it’s great.
- Physical stress on the body is a great way to reduce mental stress. Simple exercise routines such as walking, jogging, yoga, or cycling can improve many aspects of your life.
- Be Present. Slow down. Be in the moment. Put the phone down and enjoy all that is taking place around you. One of my favorite “games” to play is when I’m at dinner with friends and we all agree to place our phones in the middle of the table. The first person to cave and reach for their phone has to pay for everyone’s dinner.
- Light a candle. Hello, it’s a real thing. One of my favorite ways to relax is by lighting one of my (many) favorite candles. True life: I am a Candleholic.
- This was the hardest one for me to get onboard with. I never knew exactly how it worked or how much it could truly make a difference. If you have ever had the slightest thought about reaching out to a counselor then DO IT! You will not regret it.
In 2019, I hope your main focus is YOU. You deserve to feel your best, look your best, and give your best to those around you, and that starts with how you view yourself. Whether self-improvement is your new year’s resolution or not, it is something each and every one of us can benefit from. I hope everyone has a happy and wonderful 2019! Happy New Year!Back to Blog