“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
New year, new you
Seriously though. You have the power to alter your current state of being – regardless of what time of year it is. Whether you want to be more in the moment, or stop getting caught up in your habitual anxious behaviour, you have the power to transform. If you choose to start fresh for the new year, good on you! But if you ‘fall off the wagon,’ per say, keep in mind that you can always start again. Limiting your new beginning to a new year is just that – limiting! The below resolutions are a good place to start for anyone who wants to become more conscious and less trapped in your own unhealthy habits throughout the new year.
1. Be more forgiving.
2. Give yourself a break.
It’s true that we are our own strongest critics. While some level of tough love can be helpful in encouraging self-growth, the majority of us overdo it. When you begin chastising yourself for not leaving the house earlier to make it on time for your appointment or you start beating yourself up for procrastinating on that project that’s due soon, give yourself a break. Have more compassion for yourself.
3. Do more yoga.
Bet you didn’t see this one coming (LOL). The benefits of yoga are seemingly endless: from weight loss, to metabolism balancing, to cardiovascular health and lower rates of anxiety, plus so much more. What’s stopping you from incorporating more yoga into your new year? Whatever you were thinking of responding, stop and reconsider. The answer should be NOTHING. It’s that important.
4. Watch more conscious media.
This one is less of a chore and more of a reward. From a recent article in Psychology Today, “It turns out that what you watch, read, listen to and play can affect your mood, temper, and even how generous and kind you are to others afterwards!” So give yourself as strong of a base as possible and fuel your mind with positivity rather than the negative garbage that’s flowing through your newsfeed. Pssst, we’ve got you covered on this one.
5. Focus more on what you have, not what you think you want.
According to the documentary ‘Happy,’ pursuing extrinsic goals like power, money and status can actually lead to a less fulfilling life than focusing on intrinsic goals such as developing healthy relationships and helping others. Produced by Tom Shadyac, this film will help you appreciate what really matters in your life and the science behind your most valued emotion.
Speaking of happiness and Tom Shadyac …
I AM content with what I have going into the new year
Before you add something along the lines of “Make more money” to your list of new year’s resolutions, consider watching the film ‘I AM.’ The brilliant conscious film by Tom Shadyac takes a look at our culture’s idea that economy is the most important thing in our lives and why that is so unhealthy and backwards. It asks the question: ‘what is the basic nature of humans?’ and you might be surprised to learn the answer.
Be good to yourself for the new year and watch ‘I AM.’
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