If you’re stuck reflecting on the achievements, downfalls and experiences last year held for you, January is a great time to set new goals and make changes that will make this a great year to look back on. They don’t have to be groundbreaking, sometimes making small achievable adjustments to your life can make all the difference.
Having had a pretty rubbish start to 2015 in my personal life I’m looking forward to making this a year to remember – for the good stuff – and there’s no better way than with bite size goals.
So for all of you that have had the good or bad we’ve picked some ideas to help kickstart 2016 with positivity:
#1 Re-energise with a splash of colour to your wardrobe
How you dress reflects your energy and mood so bling up those blacks and greys with some vibrant colours to boost your mood. Proven to make you more approachable. You don’t need to spend a lot of money: a bracelet, a handbag, a beanie hat or some lippie will do the trick. Cadium Orange and Cashmere Rose are trendy this winter and will look fantastic teamed with those winter black and grey tones.
#2 Find some time just for you
Daily routines can be overwhelming and finding some peaceful Me Time can be almost impossible. Make some small changes to make sure you achieve it this year. Save a time slot for yourself first thing before the morning rush, even if it means waking up half an hour earlier. If you have kids or pets and that’s not possible, ask for some help from your partner, a family member or arrange a friends baby sitting circle to give you some time out.
Maintain positive energy by trying some simple forms of relaxation such as mindfulness (short meditations) or yoga – you can even fit this in on the commute to work – switch off with some earplugs. If you want to step it up a pace then a brisk walk or run are enough to kickstart those endorphins.
#3 Ditch that hardcore diet you’ll never get to and make small changes to the way you eat
2016 has been declared the International Legumes Year by the UN so why not give them a try? They are an essential source of protein and amino acids of vegetable origin and help fight against obesity, prevent and control diabetes, coronary heart diseases and cancer, according to the FAO. Plan 2 or 3 varied meals such as a delicious lentil salad, chickpeas with fried eggs or peas served with fish or meat. We love Jamie Oliver’s Lentil and Bean Salad recipe here
#4 Get more motivated by sharing a hobby or passion with your kids or friends
Do you want to re-take a sport but feel a little lazy? Do you want to do something for your community but can’t find time? Or maybe you want to take a dance course or start playing an instrument but are too embarrassed to try? Do it with your loved ones. You can share some quality one on one time with family or friends at the same time. Check out your local Meet up groups for inspiration.
#5 Do something awesome
We all have aspirations of trying something once we have enough money or time or get a bit older. Jot these down on one page and review your ‘un-achievable’ list with costs. You’ll surprise yourself when you realise you don’t need millions to make it all happen and that incredible experience is within reach.
Surround yourself with do-ers not naysayers or procrastinators and it will give you that positive energy to move away from bad habits and negativity and turn plans into action.
Then get planning: If it’s a round-the-world trip pick a single country or surprise yourself by selecting anywhere – Skyscanner is good for last minute deals, if it’s skydiving find a local airfield, if its volunteering check out the NCVO National directory that will connect you to organisations you are passionate about.
Have you got a New Year plan to shake things up for 2016? Share it on the comments below.